Andrew Karpen
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United States
2018

Bleecker Street

Andrew
Karpen

CEO

Ever since Karpen launched Bleecker Street in 2014, the mini-major has had a busy release slate, spotlighted by “Disobedience,” with Rachels Weisz and McAdams; the family drama “Leave No Trace”; and fashionista documentary “McQueen.” Before that, he spent years heading up finance, operations and strategic planning at Focus Features — after whose New York address he named Bleecker — which he joined in 2002 as COO. With a promotion to president in 2006, he took on domestic marketing, publicity and distribution, and in 2012 he was elevated to co-CEO. Karpen began his career at Miramax Films, where he eventually became senior VP of finance and operations before moving on to executive posts at Sunbow Entertainment, Independent Pictures and Oxygen Media.

Career

  • Focus Features
  • Oxygen Media
  • Bleecker Street

Education

  • New York University (NY, USA)
  • Washington University in Saint Louis (MO, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • New Power of New York
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Andrew Karpen's Bleecker Street Scores With Small, Adult-Focused Films

Andrew Karpen's Bleecker Street Scores With Small, Adult-Focused Films

Andrew Karpen has a word for the kinds of films he wants to see and likes to release through Bleecker Street, the indie distribution company he founded in August 2014. He calls them “smart-house.”He believes it’s possible to combine the escapism of studio tentpoles with the artistic rigor of indie fare, a strategy that was once commonplace but hasn’t been in vogue since the 1990s. He did just that with one of the biggest art-house releases of 2016, “Eye in the...

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