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Susan Jackson, Producer and Co-Founder of Freestyle Releasing, Dies at 54

Susan Rosenberg Jackson, who co-founded Freestyle Releasing and exec produced “Cabin Fever” during a long career in independent film, died in Tuesday in Los Angeles of breast cancer. She was 54.

Jackson worked in film distribution for 20 years, holding executive positions at the Samuel Goldwyn Co., Vestron, Goodtimes, BMG/Bertelsmann, Sony and the BBC. Her last job before launching her own company was heading up BMG Independents in New York.

Born in the U.K., she moved to Los Angeles in 1999, she launched sales company Turtles Crossing. She came on to “Cabin Fever” at script stage, brought in investors and sold it to Lionsgate at the Toronto Film Festival. She was sales agent and co-producer of “Dirty Girl,” starring Juno Temple.

Jackson co-founded Freestyle Releasing with Mark Borde, releasing such films as “The Illusionist,” “Bottle Shock,” “Me and Orson Welles,” “God’s Not Dead” and “Left Behind.”

She is survived by her husband, Ben Morahan.

A  memorial service is planned to take place next month in Los Angeles. Donations may be made to Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara.

 

 

 

 

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