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A24 is an American independent entertainment company founded on August 20, 2012,[3] by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges and based in New York City. It specializes in film distribution, and film and television production.

A24 Films LLC
Formerly
A24 Films (2012–16)
Private
IndustryEntertainment
FoundedAugust 20, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-08-20)[1]
Founders
  • Daniel Katz
  • David Fenkel
  • John Hodges
Headquarters31 West 27th Street, ,
U.S.
Number of locations
2 (2016)
Key people
  • Daniel Katz
  • David Fenkel
Services
Number of employees
124[2] (2019)
DivisionsA24 Television
Websitea24films.com

Katz, Fenkel, and Hodges, prior to A24, worked in film and production, before leaving to eventually co-found the company, originally A24 Films, which specialized in film distribution. Starting off moderately in 2013 with A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, the company's growth started with the release of Spring Breakers later that year. They became better known after picking up the U.S. rights to Ex Machina and Room, and worldwide rights to The Witch, growing substantially since then. They entered into deals with DirecTV Cinema and Amazon Prime in late 2013, with some films distributed through them, and the name was shortened to A24 in 2016.

As of 2019, the company has received a total of 25 Academy Award nominations. In 2016, films distributed by A24 won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Brie Larson in Room), Best Documentary Feature (Amy), and Best Visual Effects (Ex Machina). In 2017,[4] Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture (the first such award for the company), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali). A24's television division released The Carmichael Show and Euphoria.

HistoryEdit

2012–2013: Founding and early yearsEdit

A24 was founded on August 20, 2012, by film veterans Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges. Katz formerly led the film finance group at Guggenheim Partners, Fenkel was the president, co-founder and partner at Oscilloscope, and Hodges served as Head of Production and Development at Big Beach.[3] The name "A24" was inspired by the Italian A24 motorway Katz was driving on when he decided to found the company.[5]

Guggenheim Partners provided the seed money for A24. The company was started for the founders to experience the company's "movies from a distinctive point of view".[6] In October 2012, Nicolette Aizenberg joined as head of publicity, carrying over from 42West where she was senior publicity executive.[7]

The company began in 2013.[8] The company marked its first theatrical release with Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, which had a limited release. Other 2013 theatrical releases included Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa, Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, and James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now.[9][10]

In September 2013, A24 entered a $40 million deal with DirecTV Cinema, where DirecTV Cinema would offer day-and-date releases 30 days prior to a theatrical release by A24; Enemy was the first to be distributed effectively.[11] That same year, A24 entered a deal with Amazon Prime, where A24-distributed films would be available on Amazon Instant Video after becoming available on DVD and Blu-ray.[12]

2014–2017: Television and later productionsEdit

In May 2015, A24 announced that it would start a television division and began producing the USA Network series Playing House, as well as working to develop a television series that would later become Comrade Detective, produced by Channing Tatum. The company also announced that they would also finance and develop pilots.[13]

In January 2016, Sasha Lloyd joined the company to handle all film, television distribution and business development in the international marketplace.[14] The company, with cooperation from Bank of America, J.P. Morgan & Co. and SunTrust Banks, also raised its line of credit from $50 million to $125 million a month later to build upon its operations.[15] In April, the company acquired all foreign rights to Swiss Army Man, distributing the film in all territories, and partnering with distributors who previously acquired rights to the film, a first for the company.[16] In June, the company, along with Oscilloscope and distributor Honora, joined BitTorrent Now to distribute the work of their portfolio across the ad-supported service.[17]

In January 2017, the company acquired the United States and Chinese distribution rights for their first foreign language film, Menashe.[18]

2018–present: Management changes, partnership with AppleEdit

On February 20, 2018, A24 launched a podcast titled The A24 Podcast.[19][20] Episodes are based around a discussion between two members of the film industry. Notable guests to the show include Bo Burnham, Paul Schrader, Sofia Coppola, Alia Shawkat and Martin Scorsese. Despite lacking any pre-defined structure, episodes generally contain discussions around recent works of the two guests, allowing for branching discussions to other areas. As of July 2019, fifteen episodes have been released.

On March 26, 2018, co-founder John Hodges announced that he was exiting the company.[21]

On November 15, 2018, A24 and Apple announced that they had entered into a multi-year partnership where A24 will produce a slate of original films for Apple. This was not a first-look deal, meaning that A24 can continue to produce and acquire films to release outside of the deal, and that it wouldn't affect previous deals that A24 had signed with other companies. It is currently unknown if this slate of films will have a theatrical release or be exclusive to Apple's Apple TV+ streaming service.[22]

FilmographyEdit

A24 distributes and produces around 18 to 20 films a year.[6][23]

TelevisionEdit

Television series by A24, listed by initial air date
Year Name Air date Number of seasons Number of episodes Network
2014 Playing House[24] April 29, 2014 – July 14, 2017 3 26 USA Network
2015 The Carmichael Show[25] August 26, 2015 – August 9, 2017 3 32 NBC
2017 Jerrod Carmichael: 8[26] March 11, 2017 1 1 HBO
Comrade Detective[27] August 4, 2017 1 6 Amazon Video
2018 Random Acts of Flyness[28] August 4, 2018 1 6 HBO
Drew Michael[29] August 25, 2018 1 1
2 Dope Queens[30] February 2, 2018 2 8
Pod Save America[31] October 12, 2018 1 4
2019 I'm Sorry January 9, 2019 – present 1 10 TruTV
At Home with Amy Sedaris[32] February 19, 2019 – present 1 10
Ramy[33] April 19, 2019 – present 1 10 Hulu
Euphoria[34] June 16, 2019 – present 1 8 HBO
TBA Moonbase 8[35] TBA 1 6 TBA

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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