FilmRise Raises A $25 Million Acquisition And Licensing War Chest

October 28, 2015 – FilmRise has raised $25 million, which will add significantly to the Brooklyn-based distribution company’s impressive acquisition and licensing streak.

The company has made many impressive deals over the last few months, acquiring the rights to Amy Berg’s Janis: Little Girl Blue, Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, all of which are considered to be contenders for the short list of Oscar nominees.

They have also acquired U.S. distribution rights to Monster Hunt, the highest-grossing film in Chinese history.

FilmRise has also been aggressively acquiring film libraries and slates. Among its recent associations: Gravitas, for whom FilmRise will be distributing the documentaries Back in Time, about the influence of the Back to the Future franchise, David Gelb’s A Faster Horse, about the latest incarnation of the Ford Mustang, the  Evel Knievel bio-doc Being Evel, Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang, Sneakerheadz, Addicted to Sexting, and All Things Must Pass.

Other recent documentary acquisitions include Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of  and The Nightmare.

It is also distributing the Troma library of genre films (including The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead). the Water Bearer collection of LGBT films (including the ground-breaking films of Pier Paolo Pasolini) and the award-winning collection of The Global Film Initiative (including Adrift, Pelo Malo).

The New York-based private investment firm Harlan Capital Partners LLC is the lead investor in the fund raise. Josh Harlan, the founder and managing partner of the firm, described the partnership: “Danny Fisher [FilmRise’s CEO] and FilmRise are doing groundbreaking work in a very dynamic, fast-changing industry that is quickly transforming into a digital-based environment. …FilmRise’s track record is impressive and speaks for itself — we are excited to partner with the company and help it grow into an innovative, new-era digital distribution powerhouse.”

Danny Fisher said of Harlan Capital “With deep industry knowledge and experience, Harlan Capital understands how FilmRise’s web-focused DNA has positioned the company to thrive across the new landscape of digital distribution. …They are bringing best practices and great resources to the table and we are looking forward to working closely with Josh and his team for years to come.”

FilmRise is an industry leader in working with all distribution channels, particularly web, mobile and emerging digital platforms. Its titles have been released through Amazon Prime, iTunes, Netflix Hulu, VUDU, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Instant Watch, Crackle and Fandor. Its DVD and BluRay titles are sold through more than 200 online retailers, including Amazon.

FilmRise was founded in 2010 by Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein as Fisher Klingenstein Films. Since that time it has acquired more than 6,000 titles, including Forensic Files, Hank and Asha, Years of Living Dangerously, The Big Comfy Couch and In the Heat of the Night.

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