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Veteran distributor Susan Jackson, who co-founded indie film distribution label Freestyle Releasing in 2004, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 54. The UK-born Jackson dove into the distribution game after serving in exec positions in sales, acquisitions and marketing at the Samuel Goldwyn Co, Vestron, Goodtimes, BMG/Bertelsmann, Sony and the BBC. She headed BMG Independents, snagging rights to indie titles for BMG’s North American Video and DVD collection.
In 1999, she founded independent sales company Turtles Crossing in Los Angeles. Three years later, she became more directly involved in filmmaking as executive producer of Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever, which she helped finance and sold to Lionsgate out of the Toronto Film Festival. Similarly, she helped finance, co-produce and sold the Juno Temple starrer Dirty Girl in 2010 out of Tiff.
- The Deadline Team
UK-born Jackson, formerly Rosenberg, was surrounded by family and friends in her last days.
Jackson was in distribution for 20 years and served in senior executive roles at The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Vestron, Goodtimes, BMG/Bertelsmann, Sony and the BBC.
Her last corporate job before launching her own company was heading up BMG Independents in New York.
Jackson moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and founded the sales company Turtles Crossing.
Five years later she co-founded with Mark Borde Freestyle Releasing. Some of Freestyle’s most successful releases include The Illusionist, The Haunting Of Molly Hartley, The Collector and most recently the faith-based hit God’s Not Dead. Nicolas Cage starrer Left Behind is currently in theatres.
In 2010, Jackson and Borde launched VOD aggregator Freestyle Digital Media. Freestyle’s business and release pipeline will not »
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Making a sequel to even a hit independent horror film can be a daunting task. It might not hold quite as much accountability as coming up with the next entry in the X-Men or Batman franchises, but still a nerve-wracking charge nonetheless. It’s a challenge Co-Directors Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath embraced when asked to helm the follow-up to Nicholas McCarthy’s supernatural thriller The Pact.
The Pact was a sleeper hit for Director / Writer Nicholas McCarthy who worked the film festival circuit and successfully secured theatrical and home entertainment distribution through heavy-hitters like IFC Films, E One Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox. Reviews for the movie were mainly positive not only through major horror outlets like Shockya.com and Horror.com, but mainstream ones such as the Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Village Voice. Let’s just say Hallam and Horvath had their »
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Despite it's numerous name changes from 'Satanic' then over to 'Random' the new thriller from 'Donkey Punch' helmer Oliver Blackburn finally settled on 'Kristy' for its promotional purposes. Just in time for the newly released trailer from the project which is being bought to us by the Weinstein Company. 'Kristy' stars Haley Bennett ('The Haunting of Molly Hartley') and Ashley Greene -below ('The Twilight Saga') and revolves around a group of satanists whom attack a bunch of students left alone on campus during the Thanksgiving period. Blackburn directs from a script by 'Vanishing on 7th Street' scribe Anthony Jaswinski. Check out the trailer below. »
We live in a world in which pointless sequels are thrown at us like balls being hurled at an annoying clown in a dunking tank. Yes, that's a given, but sometimes even we have to wonder just what in the world goes through people's minds.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Fox Home Entertainment is moving on a sequel to the 2008 teen-friendly snoozer The Haunting of Molly Hartley. The new film, entitled, The Exorcism of Molly Hartley, will see I Spit on Your Grave's Steven R. Monroe taking on directing duties.
Haley Bennett played Molly in the first film. No word on if she’ll return.
Here's our hope... Steven R. Monroe. Please take this to the darkest, most ghastly and horrific place possible. We love you... love us back!
Apparently the sequel follows Molly Hartley, who, after a night of heavy partying, finds her friends butchered. While locked in a mental hospital for observation, »
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Jake Weber (Medium, Dawn Of The Dead) has landed a series regular role on AMC‘s drama series Hell On Wheels, from Entertainment One, Endemol USA and Nomadic Pictures. Weber, repped by Paradigm and Framework, will play Harlan Fell, a former military doctor in the Union Army, sent West by Ulysses S. Grant. A respectable-seeming guy, Fell dreams of parlaying his medical degree into an empire, and will stop at nothing to get it. Weber recently completed a three-episode arc on Fox’s The Following. His feature credits include White House Down and The Haunting Of Molly Hartley. Hell On Wheels returns this summer for an expanded 13-episode fourth season. David Costabile (Breaking Bad, Damages) has been cast in USA Network‘s six-episode event series Dig, an action adventure drama from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Gideon Raff. It centers on Peter (Jason Isaacs), an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, »
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