Magazine article Variety

Screen Media Revamps Model

Magazine article Variety

Screen Media Revamps Model

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WITH A new parent company and a mandate to back bigger films with A-list casts, Screen Media is raising its profile. Historically, the company has been known for releasing genre titles that lacked visibility. Many of these made money, particularly when DVDs were a major business and in the early days of on-demand.

But that's no longer the case. Over the past two years, Screen Media has worked on prestige fare such as "Bel Canto," a well-reviewed drama with Oscar-winner Julianne Moore and Oscar-nominee Ken Watanabe, and Terry Gilliam's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," a fantasy adventure that stars Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce.

"We needed to evolve," said David Fannon, president of Screen Media.

Fannon says the company, now in its 20th year, has been granted a fresh life after it was sold in 2017 to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, a publicly traded company that recently made headlines with its acquisition of Crackle. …

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