Neon, the impartial distributor behind Academy Award-winning movies comparable to “Parasite” and “I, Tonya,” has tapped the service provider financial institution Raine to discover a sale of some or all of its enterprise, in response to three folks acquainted with the method.
There’s no assure that the method will lead to a deal, two of the folks mentioned. It couldn’t be discovered what Neon’s valuation is likely to be. The firm declined to remark.
Neon has determined to check the market 5 months after A24, the edgy studio behind “Lady Bird,” “Uncut Gems” and “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” offered a minority stake for $225 million, which valued the enterprise at about $2.5 billion.
Hollywood has been a deal-making hotbed in recent times as impartial manufacturing corporations and leisure entrepreneurs have cashed in on the streaming growth. Reese Witherspoon, LeBron James and Will Smith have all been courted by buyers betting that the rising demand for films and TV reveals will ultimately result in huge paydays.
Founded in 2017 by Tom Quinn and Tim League, who began the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, Neon rapidly established its indie credibility in Hollywood by figuring out compelling scripts and discerning filmmakers in an period when franchise blockbusters starring comedian ebook superheroes are the norm.
Movies acquired by Neon have received the Palme d’Or — the very best award on the Cannes Film Festival — the final three years. The firm is dedicated to theatrical distribution, bucking the development to ship indie movies to streaming providers for concern that broader audiences will discover them inaccessible. “Parasite,” launched in 2019, generated $53 million on the field workplace within the United States and Canada and $263 million worldwide.
The firm is worthwhile, an individual acquainted with the matter mentioned.
Neon is seeking to increase its distribution enterprise internationally and discover alternatives in tv and streaming. The firm additionally plans to make use of any financing that outcomes from the fund-raising course of to beef up its already sturdy manufacturing companies.
The firm’s upcoming slate consists of this yr’s Palme d’Or winner, “Triangle of Sadness,” from the Swedish director Ruben Ostlund (“Force Majeure”), and the David Bowie documentary “Moonage Daydream,” which is able to open in theaters subsequent month.