Current logo as of November 2016
|A24 Films (2012–16)|
|Founded||August 20, 2012|
|Headquarters||31 West 27th Street (Eleventh Floor), New York City, New York, United States|
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A24 is an American independent entertainment company founded on August 20, 2012 by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges and based in New York City. It specializes in film production, finance, television production and distribution.
Katz, Fenkel and Hodges prior to A24 worked in film and production, before leaving to pursue the company, which was originally A24 Films. Moderately starting out 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. Their existence became well-known with Room, The Witch and Ex Machina, and has grown substantially since then. They entered into deals with DirecTV Cinema and Amazon Prime later in 2013, with some films distributed through them, and the name was shortened to A24 in 2016.
As of February 2017, their films have been nominated for Academy Awards fourteen times. In 2016, A24's films won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Brie Larson in Room), Best Visual Effects (Ex Machina), and Best Documentary Feature (Amy). In 2017, their production Moonlight won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and was nominated for eight Oscars, winning 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.
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 finance group at Guggenheim Partners, Fenkel was the former president, co-founder and partner at Oscilloscope, and Hodges served as Head of Production and Development at Big Beach.
Guggenheim Partners provided seed money for A24 to start up. The company was started for the founders to experience the company's "movies from a distinctive point of view". In October 2012, Nicolette Aizenberg joined A24 as Head of Publicity, carrying over from 42West as Senior Publicity Executive.
The company began in 2013. 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.
In September 2013, A24 entered a $40 million deal with DirecTV Cinema, where DirecTV Cinema will offer the film 30-days prior to a theatrical release by the company; Enemy was the first to be distributed effectively. That same year, A24 entered a deal with Amazon Prime, where A24 distributed films would be available on Amazon Instant Video after they become available on DVD and Blu-ray.
2014–present: Television and later productionsEdit
In May 2015, A24 announced that they 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 Iron Fisting, produced by Channing Tatum. The company also announced that they would also finance and develop pilots.
In January 2016, Sasha Lloyd joined the company to handle all film, television distribution and business development in the international marketplace. The company, with cooperation from Bank of America, J.P. Morgan & Co. and SunTrust Banks, also raised it's line of credit from $50 million to $125 million a month later to build upon its operations. 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. 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.
On January 2017, the company acquired the United States and Chinese distribution rights for their first foreign language film, Menashe. A month later, A24 also acquired Noth American rights to A Prayer Before Dawn, their first direct action film.
The logo was designed by creative agency GrandArmy. According to the agency's website,
They needed an identity system that felt modern and progressive, yet aesthetically they were drawn to the golden age of mid-century Hollywood, and looked for a solution that would hint at that history.
For the motion graphic, the animator was Adam Grabowski and the sound was designed by Felt, Not Heard. The graphic presents three geometric shapes in which two more appear and lines forming the logo, as it simultaneously disappears. The music conveying the animation is a bowed guitar that "highlights the animation" and a synthesizer which creates the "space for the logo". GrandArmy on Vimeo described the animation as this:
The A24 logo is based on simple geometry – rectangles, triangles, perfect circles – intersected by one another. The "2" joins these simple shapes with organic forms at the top and bottom, reminiscent of old Hollywood serif numerals. This animation builds the complex logo out of these raw deconstructed forms.
An alternate version is available on Grabowski's Vimeo channel and website. It presents a different animation, in which three geometric shapes pop out and form the logo, as it then unravels from the screen and ends. The music accompanying the graphic is reminiscent of chiptune.
On average, A24 distributes and produces around 12 films a year.
|Year||Film||Release date||Box office (USD)|
|2013||A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III||February 8, 2013||$210,565|
|Ginger & Rosa||March 15, 2013||$1.6 million|
|Spring Breakers||$32.1 million|
|The Bling Ring||June 14, 2013||$20 million|
|The Spectacular Now||August 2, 2013||$6.9 million|
|2014||Enemy||March 14, 2014||$3.3 million|
|Under the Skin||April 4, 2014||$5.7 million|
|Locke||April 25, 2014||$5 million|
|Obvious Child||June 6, 2014||$3 million|
|The Rover||June 13, 2014||$2.5 million|
|Life After Beth||August 15, 2014||$254,881|
|The Captive||September 5, 2014||$1.4 million|
|Tusk||September 19, 2014||$1.8 million|
|Son of a Gun||October 16, 2014||$60,402|
|Revenge of the Green Dragons||October 24, 2014||$59,484|
|Laggies||October 24, 2014||$1.8 million|
|A Most Violent Year||December 31, 2014||$5.9 million|
|2015||While We're Young||March 27, 2015||$10 million|
|Cut Bank||April 3, 2015||N/A|
|Ex Machina||April 10, 2015||$36.6 million|
|Barely Lethal||April 30, 2015||$6,075|
|Slow West||May 20, 2015||$229,094|
|Amy||July 3, 2015||$22.4 million|
|The End of the Tour||July 31, 2015||$3 million|
|Dark Places||August 7, 2015||$3.2 million|
|Mississippi Grind||September 25, 2015||$170,053|
|Room||October 16, 2015||$17.4 million|
|2016||Mojave||January 22, 2016||$8,602|
|The Witch||February 19, 2016||$40.4 million|
|Remember||March 11, 2016||$1.1 million|
|Krisha||March 18, 2016||$144,822|
|Green Room||April 15, 2016||$3.8 million|
|The Adderall Diaries||$15,364|
|The Lobster||May 13, 2016||$15 million|
|De Palma||June 10, 2016||$165,237|
|Swiss Army Man||June 24, 2016||$4.9 million|
|Equals||July 15, 2016||$1.3 million|
|Into the Forest||July 29, 2016||$37,418|
|Morris from America||August 19, 2016||$91,151|
|The Sea of Trees||August 26, 2016||$662,762|
|American Honey||September 30, 2016||$1.8 million|
|Moonlight||October 21, 2016||$42 million|
|Oasis: Supersonic||October 26, 2016||$1.4 million|
|The Monster||November 11, 2016||$62,953|
|20th Century Women||December 28, 2016||$5.3 million|
|2017||Trespass Against Us||January 20, 2017||$5,711|
|The Blackcoat's Daughter||March 31, 2017|
|Free Fire||April 21, 2017|
|The Lovers||May 5, 2017|
|The Exception||June 2, 2017|
|It Comes at Night||June 9, 2017|
|A Ghost Story||July 7, 2017|
|How to Talk to Girls at Parties|
|The Killing of a Sacred Deer|
|Lean on Pete|
|A Prayer Before Dawn|
|Under the Silver Lake|
|Year||Name||Air date||Number of seasons||Number of episodes||Distributor|
|2014||Playing House||April 29, 2014 – present||2||18||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|2015||The Carmichael Show||August 26, 2015 – present||19|
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