D Street Media Group Relaunches Domestic Theatrical Distrubution Arm

The company has partnered with Bay Area indie exhibitor Jack Nyblom and named Bliss Katopothis as president.

New York-based D Street Media Group has relaunched its domestic theatrical distribution arm, partnering with Bay Area indie exhibitor Jack Nyblom, with plans to open a Silicon Valley branch and release five to 10 American independent releases and foreign films annually, according to an announcement by CEO Dexter Davis.

Davis has also appointed Bliss Katopothis as president of the group. She will oversee the new West Coast operations and lead D Street’s business development efforts both in the U.S. and overseas.

The first movie planned by D Street Releasing is the Spanish-language comedy Pearla, a new film by Argentine director Santiago Gilralt, who won acclaim with his 2008 release Upa! An Argentine Movie, which he also wrote and in which he starred.

The company’s last North American release was the German-language movie Summer in Berlin, which was released in 2007.

As it did in a deal with Volkswagen on Summer In Berlin, D Street is expected to again use a business model where they bring in marketing partners who cover print and advertising expenses in return for branding each movie print and other marketing materials with their logo.

Last year, D Street acquired Americine SRL, a Buenos Aires based sales agency, which is now moving into distribution and co-productions in Latin America.

D Street also operates D Street Pictures and D Street Medievertriebe GmbH in Berlin. It has focused in recent years on development and production of indie films.

Nyblom has been involved in exhibition for 35 years, since he founded the Camera Cinemas in San Jose with two partners. They now operate the Camera 12 and Camera 3 cinemas in San Jose, Camera 7 in Campbell and the Los Gatos Cinema.  

Katapothis most recently worked with Davis on development of a television pilot about a celebrity hair stylist called Cocktails and Chaos.

Before that, she spent 10 years working for an interior design company.