Alamo Drafthouse and fan-owned entertainment company Legion M have embarked on a strategic partnership to foster development and distribution of genre entertainment with an eye on features, shorts and virtual reality platforms. Alamo will service Legion M with scripts, projects and talent, while Legion M will provide access to fans and investors to expand the reach of developed projects. As part of the deal, Alamo Drafthouse will now serve on Legion M’s advisory board, and help to evaluate potential projects. Alamo Drafthouse also joins forces with Legion M creative partners Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, 42 Entertainment and Meltdown Comics.
“We created Legion M to connect filmmakers and creators with the most vital components to the creative process: funding and fans,” said Legion M CEO and co-founder Paul Scanlan. “Alamo Drafthouse strengthens our expertise in film while adding the critical third component of the process, distribution. We are bringing fans, creators, funding, and now distribution together to reinvent the production and distribution paradigm.”
“We’ve built relationships with filmmakers all over the world, all of whom are looking for bold, innovative ways to get their films financed and distributed,” said Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League. “Our partnership with Legion M is revolutionary as it will allow us to do this in a way that empowers both the filmmaker and the fan in a completely unique way.”
Alamo already has a strong film industry presence through its distribution wing Drafthouse Films, which since 2010 has released 36 films, including the acclaimed documentary The Act of Killing and its companion film The Look of Silence, both of which received Oscar nominations. Drafthouse Films has been a strong proponent of genre from around the world, among them the 2012 re-release of the notorious cult film Miami Connection, the horror anthology The ABCs of Death, and the 2015 horror pic The Invitation.
Launched earlier this year at Silicon Valley Comic Con, Legion M is a new crowd funding endeavor that allows fans to to invest in, and be part of, the creation of new movies, television shows, and other entertainment projects, and to profit from the success of those projects. Co-founded by Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison, creative Emmy winning duo behind MobiTV as well as the New York Rock Exchange, Legion M is backed by Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green, and Gaston Dominguez of Meltdown Entertainment.