Get an inside look at film distribution with Magnolia Pictures President, Eamonn Bowles. Bowles will give a distribution overview, and explain how the old rules don’t apply. “It’s the new wild west.”
EAMONN BOWLES is President of Magnolia Pictures, the distribution arm of Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment. BOWLES started Magnolia in September 2001, with partner Bill Banowsky, concentrating on independent and foreign films and amassing specialized theatres strategically around the country. In 2004, Cuban and Wagner, formerly investors in the company, bought the company outright, merging its theatres with the Landmark Theatre chain. Magnolia has since been a pioneer in developing alternative distribution strategies, such as the pre-theatrical vod window, to create efficient economies for the increasingly challenging theatrical marketplace. Some of Magnolia’s more prominent releases include Melancholia, Man On Wire, I Am Not Your Negro, Let the Right One In, Food, Inc., Tangerine, The Wolfpack, I Am Love, Hobo With a Shotgun, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior, The World’s Fastest Indian, Jesus Camp and The Host, among others.
Prior to his work at Magnolia, he was president of Shooting Gallery Pictures, the distribution arm of Shooting Gallery, where he oversaw the Shooting Gallery Film Series, acquiring and distributing Croupier, A Time For Drunken Horses, and Eureka, among numerous others. Before joining Shooting Gallery in 1998, he was Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Marketing at Miramax and also served as Chief Operating Officer of Shining Excalibur Pictures, the entity formed by the Weinstein brothers to distribute Larry Clark’s controversial Kids. At the Samuel Goldwyn Company, BOWLES served as Head of Distribution, where he was responsible for the release of The Wedding Banquet, Much Ado About Nothing, Eat Drink Man Woman, The Madness of King George, and Go Fish. He has also served as main programmer for the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival and New York’s famed repertory theatre, the Thalia.