Bohemia Media Units Shift To Video On Demand Releases As Head Of Distribution Exits

UK-based indie manufacturing and distribution firm Bohemia Media will shift away from theatrical releases and increase its give attention to growing video-on-demand initiatives in new plans set following the departure of its head of distribution Delphine Lievens.

The corporate, which goals to champion initiatives made by filmmakers from under-represented and marginalised teams, will reduce its deliberate theatrical releases from twelve to 6 per 12 months. Lievens — who joined Bohemia Media from Gower Avenue Analytics in November 2021 — will depart the corporate in September.

In a press release shared on Twitter, Lievens stated: “Final week I discovered that I’m being made redundant from my present position, on account of scaling again on theatrical releases within the present unsure local weather. As (I feel?) the one WOC to carry a Head of Distribution position within the UK, this has been fairly heartbreaking for me.”

Talking with Deadline concerning the strategical shift and Lievens’s exit, Bohemia Media co-founder Phil Hunt stated: “Our aim was to make a dozen motion pictures prior to now 12 months so we took Delphine on to deal with that, however we solely launched half that quantity. And half that quantity can’t assist a full-time job as head of theatrical distribution.”

Hunt added that whereas Bohemia Media strikes additional into the VoD enterprise, the corporate may even goal to extend its funding in growing its personal initiatives.

“We solely did six movies within the final 12 months as a result of we couldn’t discover sufficient initiatives available in the market that promote impartial voices and new expertise that justify the large expense of going theatrical. I’ve checked out all of the stuff we have been hoping to do and have executed the numbers on and we’re taking a look at a lack of £20-30,000,” he stated.

“There simply aren’t the movies on the market. So what we’re doing is investing extra in improvement to convey these initiatives to the display ourselves.”

Bohemia Media’s UK distribution credit embrace the 2019 Sundance winner Clemency and the 2020 documentary Insurgent Dread. The corporate’s newest challenge, Queen of Glory, shall be launched theatrically on August 26.

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