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  • Jessica Phelps Joins The Orchard as General Manager of its Nashville Office

    May 14, 2018

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    Jessica Phelps Joins The Orchard as General Manager of its Nashville Office

    May 14, 2018

    Nashville, TN – May 14, 2018 – The Orchard has named Jessica Phelps General Manager, Nashville, it was announced today.

    As head of The Orchard’s Nashville team, Phelps will lead strategy, development, label management and marketing for key Orchard artists and labels in the market. She will also heighten and maintain relationships with key accounts and clients across a variety of genres, as well as attract, sign and retain new talent in order to grow The Orchard’s business in Nashville.

    Phelps will report to The Orchard’s COO Colleen Theis.

    “We’re super proud to welcome Jess back to The Orchard family,” Theis said. “She is a highly experienced executive with a strong network, a strategic vision and a clear understanding of where the industry is headed. As an established and respected member of Nashville’s independent music community, she will be a force for our labels and artists.”

    “The Orchard is home to so many amazing labels and artists; it’s an honor to rejoin the company,” Phelps said. “I look forward to working with their impressive staff and roster, and helping grow The Orchard’s relationships with Nashville’s creative community.”

    Phelps joins The Orchard from Q Prime Management, where she acted as Head of Sales in the Label Services Department. At Q Prime, Phelps spearheaded retail promotion, sales strategy, and distribution operations for artists such as Metallica, Dawes, Cage The Elephant, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and Marty Stuart. Previously, Phelps worked as Sales Director at Mom+Pop Music, and Director of Retail Marketing at The Orchard. She also worked in Lagardère SCA’s mobile division.

    About The Orchard

    The Orchard is a leading music, film and video distribution company operating in over 30 markets worldwide. With a comprehensive artist & label services offering including full-service marketing, sync licensing, video services, transparent data analysis, advertising, rights management, digital and physical distribution and more, The Orchard empowers creators and businesses to grow and adapt in the dynamic global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

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  • The Orchard Acquires Eva Vives’ Feature Debut “All About Nina”

    May 14, 2018

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    The Orchard Acquires Eva Vives’ Feature Debut “All About Nina”

    May 14, 2018

    Vives’ feature debut starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead explores the world of stand-up comedy

    Los Angeles, CA – May 14, 2018 –The Orchard announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Eva Vives’ feature directorial debut All About Nina, which had its world premiere in the U.S. Narrative Competition at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival last month. The film will be released theatrically later this year.

    As All About Nina’S fractured protagonist, Mary Elizabeth Winstead delivers an astonishingly raw performance, tearing into her part with the ferocity Nina deserves. The film’s strong supporting cast includes a revelatory Common, who portrays a man of utmost decency, patience, and love. Through these complicated and resonant characters, as well as its deft examination of timely matters like trauma, abuse, and sexism in the world of stand-up comedy, All About Nina offers insight into what it means to be a talented, creative woman today.

    Eva Vives said: “After years of living this story, I finally decided to make a film out of it. I am so excited and proud that a company with a track record and taste as exquisite as The Orchard will help me put it out in the world. Working with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Common, was a dream come true. I hope you laugh as much as I did making this film.”

    “All About Nina is a rare film in its honesty and its comedy, which is clearly a testament to Eva and Mary’s tireless work in bringing this story to the screen,” said Paul Davidson, EVP of Film and TV, The Orchard. “We know audiences will fall for this film and we are excited to take this journey with them and a team of producers for whom we have the greatest respect and admiration.”

    The deal was negotiated by The Orchard’s Danielle DiGiacomo and CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers. All About Nina is produced by Eva Vives, Natalie Qasabian, Sean Tabibian of Diablo Entertainment, and Eric B. Fleischman. Executive producers on the film are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Joshua Astrachan.

    About The Orchard

    The Orchard is a leading independent film, TV and music distribution company operating in over 30 markets worldwide. Founded as a music distributor in 1997, The Orchard is a global innovator in the film and television distribution space, known for cutting-edge technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. Recent film releases include Flower, Outside In, Kings, William Friedkin’s The Devil and Father Amorth, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Thelma, Super Dark Times, Sundance Jury Prize winner Dina, The Work, 11/8/16, Trophy and The Hero. Upcoming releases include American Animals, We The Animals and Under the Eiffel Tower. The company’s film division has enjoyed recent successes as the Academy Award®-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers; Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay; Antonio Campos’ Christine; Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda; Oren Moverman’s The Dinner; and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. For more information on The Orchard, please visit www.theorchard.com.

    About Diablo Entertainment

    DIABLO ENTERTAINMENT was formed in 2014 with the sole purpose of developing, financing, and producing character-driven, high concept genre films. No stranger to green lighting first-time filmmakers, Diablo has built a reputation for going against the norm in Hollywood by choosing projects that encompass a bold, stylistic and truly original concept that challenges not only how stories are told, but how films are produced. With a keen eye focused on ushering in the new wave of young Hollywood talent both in front of and behind the camera, Diablo’s mission is to change the way the entertainment industry views independent productions. Some of Diablo’s upcoming releases include, The Clinic and Stray. For more information, please visit www.DiabloEnt.com

    About Malibu Films

    Malibu Films production company in Malibu, CA, was formed over 12 years ago by producing partners Greg Hannley and Alexander Draghici. The duo first started by teaming up to create a powerhouse commercial production company that created and produced several hundred commercials for clients all over Southern California. After their success in commercials they stepped up and started producing Documentaries, then feature films. Along the way, Malibu Films is known for teaming up with other Directors, Producers and Production companies to help with finishing funds and potential distribution.

    Malibu Films is currently working on multiple projects including a film called Madness in the Method (2018 release), and an animated show called Bad Zoo.

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  • The Orchard Acquires “Birds Of Passage”

    May 13, 2018

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    The Orchard Acquires “Birds Of Passage”

    May 13, 2018

    Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerro’s period crime drama opened the Director’s Fortnight in this year’s Cannes Film Festival

    Cannes, France – May 13, 2018 –The Orchard announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Birds Of Passage at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerro, who produced and directed Embrace Of The Serpent, the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, Birds Of Passage is a vivid family saga that details the impact of drug trafficking on an indigenous family and its culture.

    The film explores the origins of the Colombian drug trade through the epic story of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970’s. When greed, passion and honour collide, a fratricidal war breaks out that will put their lives, their culture and their ancestral traditions at stake.

    “This film was always conceived as a theatrical experience, and there’s really no better way to appreciate it than in the cinema,” said co-directors Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerro and producer Katrin Pors. “We are very happy that audiences will have the opportunity to see it the way it was intended, and that we have found a passionate distributor that loves and defends the art of cinema as much as we do.”

    “Birds Of Passage swept us up immediately into an engrossing familial drama surrounded by a world bursting with stunning color and sound,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP of Film and Television. “Cristina and Ciro have delivered something altogether special and unique that we are honored to be a part of.”

    The deal was negotiated by The Orchard’s Danielle DiGiacomo and by Films Boutique’s Jean-Christophe Simon & Louis Balsan on behalf of the filmmakers.

    Images can be downloaded here.

    About The Orchard

    The Orchard is a leading independent film, TV and music distribution company operating in over 30 markets worldwide. Founded as a music distributor in 1997, The Orchard is a global innovator in the film and television distribution space, known for cutting-edge technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. Recent film releases include Flower, Outside In, Kings, William Friedkin’s The Devil and Father Amorth, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Thelma, Super Dark Times, Sundance Jury Prize winner Dina, The Work, 11/8/16, Trophy and The Hero. Upcoming releases include American Animals, We The Animals and Under the Eiffel Tower. The company’s film division has enjoyed recent successes as the Academy Award®-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers; Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay; Antonio Campos’ Christine; Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda; Oren Moverman’s The Dinner; and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. For more information on The Orchard, please visit www.theorchard.com.

    About Films Boutique

    Films Boutique, a Berlin-based sales company, has been thriving with critically acclaimed, director-driven movies in the last years, notably Ildiko Enyedi’s ON BODY & SOUL (Golden Bear 2017 and Oscar nominated), Houda Benyamina’s “Divines”, which won the Camera d’Or in Cannes; Lav Diaz’s “The Woman Who Left”, Golden Lion in Venice, Ciro Gerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent”, Directors’ Fortnight winner and Oscar nom for Best Foreign Language Film. The company unveils 6 films in Cannes official selections this year, notably Ali Abbasi’s Un Certain Regard sensation “BORDER”.

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  • The Orchard Names Jay Andino Vice President, Urban Division

    Apr 17, 2018

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    The Orchard Names Jay Andino Vice President, Urban Division

    Apr 17, 2018

    New York, NY – April 17, 2018 – The Orchard has named Jay Andino Vice President of the company’s newly established Urban Division, it was announced today.

    In this role, Andino will lead Urban strategy and operations for The Orchard, including oversight of relationships, acquisitions, and sales and marketing. He also will be responsible for seeking and securing opportunities with key Urban artists, labels, management companies and other strategic partners.

    Andino will report to The Orchard’s CEO Brad Navin.

    “Jay’s enthusiasm and exceptional track record in the Urban genre make him the ideal candidate for The Orchard’s Urban Music Division,” Navin said. “We are excited to welcome him to our global team as we further expand The Orchard’s unparalleled offering.”

    “I am extremely excited to be working with the great collection of experienced and developing talent at The Orchard to build this new Urban Music Division,” Andino said. “We are in a unique position to extend a global value proposition to our label partners and future signings.”

    Andino joins The Orchard from 300 Entertainment where he was Director of National Urban and Rhythm Promotions under Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles, driving campaigns for artists such as Young Thug, Fetty Wap, Migos and more. Previously, Andino was at Interscope Records, working on projects for Kendrick Lamar, Rae Sremmurd, Eminem and more. He began his career in music at SRC Records under Gaby Acevedo and Steve Rifkind, promoting records from multi-platinum artist Akon.

    About The Orchard

    The Orchard is a leading music, film and video distribution company operating in over 30 markets worldwide. With a comprehensive artist & label services offering including full-service marketing, sync licensing, video services, transparent data analysis, advertising, rights management, digital and physical distribution and more, The Orchard empowers creators and businesses to grow and adapt in the dynamic global industry.

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  • The Orchard Signs Two-Picture Deal With JKLC Films To Release New Films For The UFO Genre Titled “Bob Lazar” And “Hunt For The Skinwalker”

    Mar 27, 2018

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    The Orchard Signs Two-Picture Deal With JKLC Films To Release New Films For The UFO Genre Titled “Bob Lazar” And “Hunt For The Skinwalker”

    Mar 27, 2018

    Los Angeles, California – March 27, 2018 – The Orchard announced today it has signed a two-picture deal with JKLC Films to release two new films for the UFO genre entitled Bob Lazar and Hunt For The Skinwalker in late 2018. Following the success of Patient Seventeen, investigative filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell has brought two of the most influential UFO-related stories in modern history to life, breaking new ground on recently revealed government UFO programs. The films continue The Orchard’s success in the UFO genre, following the distribution company’s release of Michael Mazzola’s Unacknowledged: The Greatest Secret In Human History, the highest grossing documentary on iTunes for 2017.

    Bob Lazar, former Government Physicist, remains the singular most famous and controversial name in the world of UFOs. Over the years Lazar has remained elusive, and for the most part, silent. His disclosures have turned his life upside-down and he has tried to stay out of the spot-light. For this reason, he has never let any filmmaker into the private world of his daily life – that is – until now. Corbell’s film, Bob Lazar, will explore Lazar’s claims through the lens of thirty years – providing rare and never before revealed footage – guaranteed to alter the landscape of the debate.

    “I know there are alien craft here from another planet. I saw nine, but I was INSIDE one. I know it was not made on Earth. I know it was made with materials that we cannot fabricate, and we cannot duplicate… we’ve never been able to,” says Bob Lazar. “It’s nothing I would have ever expected to see. I also know that we have examined bodies of alien creatures. I know this for a fact, and that’s the bottom line.”

    Based on the best-selling book by George Knapp & Dr. Colm Kelleher, Hunt for The Skinwalker is a documentary about the most intensive scientific study of a paranormal hotspot in human his-tory. In 1996 a real estate mogul and self-made billionaire, Robert Bigelow (of Bigelow Aero-space) purchased 480 acres of land in northern Utah for use as a “living laboratory” – to study the UFO phenomenon.

    “I’m excited to work with The Orchard to release these two groundbreaking films on the subject of UFOs, and the government’s involvement in the subject,” said Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Cor-bell, founder of JKLC Films. “These stories have been kept from the public for thirty years, and with the recent news coverage and the Pentagon’s admission of an active program studying these issues, there is now a unique opportunity to share them with a wide audience. I’m both excited and hopeful that the UFO problem will be illuminated in a sophisticated and newsworthy way.”

    “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Jeremy on these historic releases,” said Jim Martin, at The Orchard. “As fans of the content we’re excited to learn the true story behind these secret events that have been kept from the public for decades and will shift the discussion of the UFO phenomenon.”

    For images, please see the link here.

    About The Orchard
    The Orchard is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 30 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is an innovative leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its cutting-edge technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. Recent film releases include Flower, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Thelma, Super Dark Times, Sundance Jury Prize winner Dina, The Work, 11/8/16, Trophy and The Hero. Upcoming releases include Outside In, Kings, William Friedkin’s The Devil and Father Amorth, American Animals, We The Animals and Under the Eiffel Tower. The company’s film division has enjoyed recent successes as the Academy Award®-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers; Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay; Antonio Campos’ Christine; Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda; Oren Moverman’s The Dinner; and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent.

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  • Mona Fimreite Named The Orchard’s International Sales And Marketing Director, Europe

    Mar 21, 2018

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    Mona Fimreite Named The Orchard’s International Sales And Marketing Director, Europe

    Mar 21, 2018

    Oslo, Norway and London, UK – March 21, 2018 – Today The Orchard announced the appointment of Mona Fimreite to lead its European Marketing and Sales team.

    Fimreite is a nine-year veteran of the international music business, having worked in both the major and independent sectors. Mona joins The Orchard from Oslo-headquartered Phonofile, where she led marketing efforts. In her new role, she will continue to strengthen and evolve her close relationships with global accounts, working with the European sales and marketing teams to drive key releases and ensure the company’s 10 marketing offices across the region operate in lockstep, maximizing opportunity and engagement.

    Fimreite has a unique skillset, with a broad background in software development and computer science. After five years working in digital marketing and e-commerce, she joined Sony Music Norway in 2009 and began to apply her training to the music business. She was involved in the conceptualization and establishment of the global playlist engine brand “Filtr.” After joining Phonofile in 2013, she took a major role in developing the company’s internal and external marketing and analytics toolset. From there, Phonofile evolved from a music delivery platform into a comprehensive service that offers digital marketing solutions to labels and artists.

    In her new role, she will continue to evolve her music and tech trajectory, utilizing all six of her language fluencies while traversing the continent and the UK to represent The Orchard and lead its regional sales and marketing efforts.

    “Mona’s analytical approach, combined with her passion for music and understanding of fan behaviour, makes her natural-born for this role. She is focused on driving success for our artists and labels. We are confident her vision and leadership will lead The Orchard to an even higher level of success,” The Orchard’s Chief Operating Officer, Colleen Theis, said.

    Fimreite has previous experience planning and executing successful pan-regional campaigns for artists and labels. Past projects include Charlie Cunningham, Highasakite and Karpe (Diem), as well as local marketing campaigns under Sony Music Norway working with artists such as Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and One Direction. Fimreite has been a guest professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has given keynotes at industry events in Europe, US and Africa, focused on the future of the music industry.

    “The Orchard is a true leader in digital distribution, empowering artists and labels as a trusted global partner for over 20 years,” Fimreite said. “I look forward to my new role, where I can focus on building the best services possible and enabling creatives to reach their full potential.”

    ABOUT THE ORCHARD

    The Orchard is a pioneering music, film and video distribution company operating in more than 30 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners’ business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support. Founded in 1997, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry. For further information, please visit www.theorchard.com.

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  • Industry Veteran Sveinung Rindal To Lead The Orchard Norway

    Mar 02, 2018

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    Industry Veteran Sveinung Rindal To Lead The Orchard Norway

    Mar 02, 2018

    Oslo, Norway – 2 March 2018 – Today The Orchard announced music industry veteran Sveinung Rindal as the leader of company operations in Norway. Rindal will head the established Phonofile team at its office in Central Oslo. His remit includes driving continued growth and development in the region, while guiding the staff and label base to maximize regional and global opportunities within The Orchard.

    Rindal joins The Orchard from Stageway Talent, where he led the music management group and coordinated all release activities for its artists. Prior to entering management in 2016, Rindal was head of editorial at TIDAL. He joined the service, previously known as WiMP/Aspiro, in 2009 at the launch of the MP3 and streaming store for Norway’s largest music and entertainment retail chain, Platekompaniet.

    Rindal’s experience also extends to physical distribution, serving as key accounts manager for five years at Musikkoperatørene Distribution after starting his career in physical retail at Platekompaniet.

    “Sveinung is a strong addition to our global management team. He is well respected, with strong relationships and experience across the industry. I’m confident he will lead our vision in Norway and successfully take the company forward. We are proud to have him represent The Orchard,” The Orchard’s Chief Operating Officer, Colleen Theis, said.

    “I am proud and excited to join the existing Phonofile team and build The Orchard’s business in Norway. I look forward to working with the great Norwegian indie labels and artists, along with The Orchard’s international catalogue,” Rindal added.

    Rindal will work closely with The Orchard’s Copenhagen-based Emilie Snellman, who oversees the teams in Sweden and Denmark, to drive and develop the company’s Nordic business.

    About The Orchard

    The Orchard is a pioneering music, film and video distribution company operating in more than 30 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners’ business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support. Founded in 1997, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry.

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  • ​RoyaltyShare Extends Platform With Secure Online Statement Distribution

    Feb 20, 2018

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    ​RoyaltyShare Extends Platform With Secure Online Statement Distribution

    Feb 20, 2018

    New Toolset Gives Record Labels an Efficient and Reliable Method to Deliver Statements to Artists

    San Diego, CA – February 20, 2018 – RoyaltyShare, Inc., today launched an extension to its industry leading royalty accounting platform that allows clients to easily and securely deliver royalty statements to artists, producers and other partners. The new feature, available immediately as part of the RoyaltyShare application, simplifies the tedious process of distributing royalty statements.

    “Statement distribution is a time-consuming and often error-prone aspect of managing royalty accounting for independent labels,” Steve Grady, SVP of RoyaltyShare, said. “We constantly strive to provide time-saving, elegant solutions so that our customers can focus on their core businesses. This new feature eliminates the need to mail or email statements and provides a secure channel for delivery of sensitive royalty information.”

    “It is extremely important to our indie label clients that timely statements are available to their key partners – artists, producers and other royalty participants,” said David Phillips, Managing Director at Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, who provides outsourced label administration to many labels and self-releasing artists. “RoyaltyShare’s new online distribution tool cuts days off of our process and ensures that these partners are immediately notified and can access statements with a few clicks.”

    This new enhancement is tightly integrated into the RoyaltyShare application. Customers can enable partners for online distribution by simply adding an email address and activating the account. Partners are then sent an email invitation to create a secure RoyaltyShare account. Once the account is created, partners are notified via email when new statements available and can log into their portal to view summary data or download complete statements.

    About RoyaltyShare

    RoyaltyShare, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Orchard, provides the independent music community with a powerful, yet easy-to-use, Web-based application for royalty accounting. The platform is used by more than 100 of the world’s leading independent music companies who rely on RoyaltyShare to process complex digital and physical sales files and produce accurate and timely statements. RoyaltyShare’s cloud-based infrastructure delivers the scalability and performance required to manage royalties in today’s streaming dominated music distribution environment. More information can be found at www.royaltyshare.com.

    About The Orchard

    The Orchard is a pioneering music, film and video distribution company operating in more than 30 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners’ business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support. Founded in 1997, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry.

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