Bleecker Street Partners With Amazon in Multi-Year Licensing Deal

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival
'Pawn Sacrifice'

Prime Instant Video will become the exclusive subscription home for the upstart indie distributor's films.

Upstart indie film distributor Bleecker Street is partnering with Amazon in a multi-year content licensing agreement that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription home for Bleecker Street's theatrical releases.

Among the films included in the deal are the Al Pacino starrer Danny Collins and the upcoming Pawn Sacrifice, which stars Tobey Maguire as American chess champion Bobby Fischer. Prime members in the U.S. will be able to access the films through the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices or online at Amazon.com/PIV.

The move marks an important step in Bleecker Street's evolution as it helps the year-old distributor secure additional revenue to offset acquistion costs.

"Prime members love independent films, and we’re excited to add these compelling Bleecker Street titles to Prime Instant Video," said Brad Beale, vp digital video content acquisition for Amazon. "The high-caliber and growing line-up from Bleecker Street brings an impressive variety of films that we know Prime members will enjoy."

Added Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen: “As we build out our collection of films, it’s important to us to share the work of these amazing filmmakers with a broad viewing audience. We look forward to bringing Prime members an entertainment experience we’re sure they’ll love."

Other Bleecker Street films that will stream first on Prime Instant Video include the 2015 Sundance dramedy I’ll See You in My Dreams, starring Blythe Danner; the family drama Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen; and the Bryan Cranston-led Trumbo, about blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Amazon Prime members already have instant access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Gone Girl, Boyhood and Birdman.

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