Magazine article Screen International

Andrew Karpen Launches Bleecker Street

Magazine article Screen International

Andrew Karpen Launches Bleecker Street

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The former co-CEO of Focus Features has announced his New York-based distributor backed by 5-hour Energy founder by Manoj Bhargava.

Bleecker Street will hit Toronto scouting for content and has closed an output deal with Shivani Rawat's ShivHans Pictures, whose slate includes Trumbo directed by Jay Roach starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane and Elle Fanning.

Karpen aims to release three to five films in 2015 and will expand in the years ahead.

"I'm looking forward to bringing the work of great filmmakers into the marketplace and I couldn't be more excited to be launching this new company in New York City," said Karpen, who will serve as CEO.

"Bleecker Street will be well positioned to distribute films on a platform or national basis, whatever best suits each title. …

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