Refinery29 Expands into Acquiring and Distributing Feature Films For the First Time
Refinery29 is widening its offering to encompass more than just short-form content. The digital media company announced today a new partnership deal with NEON, an award-winning studio, that will see the two join forces in order to identify, purchase and co-distribute films that align with both companies’ missions to work with rule-defying women storytellers.
The partnership marks Refinery29’s first foray into feature films, further expanding the breadth and scope of the company’s video and entertainment business. Refinery29 sees the push into long-form feature films as a natural evolution for the company, and another opportunity to celebrate raw innovation and emerging talent of women within the industry.
“Since its inception, NEON has established itself as a major player in the industry, disrupting the way the next generation consumes and views films, which aligns with how we speak to and challenge our audience and the media industry as a whole,” said Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer, Refinery29. “We are excited to expand our storytelling and experiential offerings and make our mark on the feature film business.”
The first films distributed by NEON and Refinery29 will be “Assassination Nation” and “Little Woods.” “Assassination Nation,” which will debut September 21st, is directed by Sam Levinson and stars Hari Nef, Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse and Abra. “Little Woods” was awarded the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Award and is written and directed by Nia DaCosta, and stars Tessa Thompson and Lily James.
“We’re excited to be working with Refinery29 and launching films like Assassination Nation and Little Woods for the company’s smart, passionate audience of women and to bolster our shared dedication to female filmmakers and female-driven films,” remarked NEON Senior Vice President, Christina Zisa. “We couldn’t think of a better brand and partner to align with than Refinery29, as their commitment to creating and supporting content that speaks to young women today is unparalleled.”
Founded in 2016, NEON is an independent film distribution studio. Its debut film was Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis.