EXCLUSIVE: Straight Outta Compton producer Bill Straus’ newly relaunched sales outfit Bridge Independent and indie distributor-financier Ketchup Entertainment are teaming on a digital distribution pipeline for select titles from Bridge’s indie slate. The plan is to distribute 5-10 titles a year with a marketing push.
As a former executive at New Line, Straus in 2012 founded New York-based BGP Film, where he has repped recent pics including Darling, Buzzard, Through A Lens Darkly and Sweaty Betty.
“As Ketchup continues to expand its U.S. distribution business we are excited to partner with Bridge Independent,” said Stephen Stanley, Ketchup’s head of distribution and acquisitions. “Bill Straus has repeatedly shown extraordinary vision in finding smart, commercial, and forward looking independent films and we’re excited to formalize an already great working relationship.”
Said Straus: “I have had only the best experiences with the team at Ketchup and look forward to a long, fruitful partnership that will serve both parties, while augmenting the range of distribution possibilities for Bridge Independent clients.”
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