What kind of media institution might distribute your media products and why?
WHAT KIND OF MEDIA INSTITUTIONS
MIGHT DISTRIBUTE YOUR MEDIA
Question three – Media Studies AS
WHAT IS A ‘FILM DISTRIBUTION’?
! Film distribution is a process of making a movie
available for viewing, by an audience.
! Films can be distributed through; Movie Theatre
(Cinema), Televisions, DVD or to download.
! Film Distribution companies include: Paramount
Pictures, Solar Pictures, Warner Bros, 20th
Century Fox, Lionsgate – these are a small
selection I picked out.
During my research into genre and
opening sequences I looked at
‘Psycho’ (1960), ‘Silence of the
Lambs’ (1991) and ‘Insidious’ (2010). I
decided it would be important to look at
the companies that distributed these
films, considering they were same genre
and had similar features to our media
! ‘Paramount Pictures’ in the main film distributor
! ‘Paramount Pictures’ is a motion picture film
company and has its film studio in Hollywood,
California, United States.
! It is one of the worlds largest film companies and
has also been running for over 100 years.
! ‘Orion Pictures’ is the main distributor
for ;Silence of the Lambs’
! It was an American distribution company that
produced and released films from 1978 until
! Orion Pictures was never a large distribution
company however it was still highly recognized
! Filmdistricts first release was ‘Insidious’ in co-
production with Alliance Films, Stage 6 Films
and IM Global; UK distribution by Momentum
! FilmDistrict was an American independent
motion picture company based in Los Angeles.
! FilmDistrict acquired and released between
four and eight wide release, commercial titles
BRITISH FILM DISTRIBUTORS
The film distribution companies, that distributed
the films we researched were all American -
although some of these companies are large and
well known it is important to also look at British
The Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) is the
trade body of the UK’s theatrical film
! Specialises in high-quality world cinema and
arthouse movies and rarely buys British. In the
past 30 years it has released more Cannes Film
Festival winners than any other UK distributor.
! Titles include: Three Colours Trilogy, Hidden,
Welcome To The Dollhouse
! UK titles include: Orlando, Land & Freedom
! The largest independent distributor in the UK,
Entertainment has had a relationship with US
mini-studio New Line for many years. It also
releases mainstream UK fare, both theatrically
and via Entertainment-in-Video.
! Titles include: Rush Hour, Brokeback Mountain,
! UK titles include: Stormbreaker, St Trinian's
! Lionsgate is a California-based independent
producer and distributor. In 2005 it acquired UK-
based distributor Redbus Films, renaming the
company Lionsgate UK. The company is strong
on horror, documentaries and foreign language
! Titles include: Requiem For A Dream, Monster's
! UK titles include: The Descent, Pierrepoint
WHO SHOULD DISTRIBUTE OUR MEDIA
In my opinion I think that for a small,
independent film like ours, a British Distribution
company would be the best. Lionsgate UK,
specialise in horror productions, like our own and
therefore this would be a suitable choice.
However if we wanted to look into distributing
our film with a major company I believe
Paramount pictures would be most suited, not
only did they help distribute ‘Psycho’ they also
distributed Paranormal Activity which links very
closely to our media production.
I believe it is important to look at the films
companies have distributed . It gives you an
insight into what companies specialise in.
Realistically our media production would be
distributed by a small, independent British
company. This is why I believe Lionsgate UK
would suit our product. This company have
produced similar films to our own, in terms of
genre – horror. Therefore our film may be
recognised as a horror more clearly due to the
company. It is also a well known company
throughout the UK. Therefore would help to
widen the audience of British Horror Films.
HOW WOULD WE DISTRIBUTE OUR MEDIA
Personally, distributing our product into movie
theater/cinema first would be the correct option.
From then we would gain publicity and create a
talking point about British films. It could then
become are large franchise and would be
available to buy on DVD and to Download online.
It could also be shown on Television further down
the line in order for it to gain further publicity
and target new audiences.