Six months after joining Fandor, independent producing stalwart Ted Hope has launched an ambitious expansion of the online service -- with the goal of aiding filmmakers, audiences and festivals.The company is announcing a pair of initiatives: the Fandor Festival Alliance to use Fandor's technology to help festivals grow their audiences, improve ticket sales and expand sponsorship; and Fix, designed to help filmmakers showcase their work on Fandor.“Like the best filmmakers and most inquisitive audience members, we are never satisfied with...
Indie producer and influencer Ted Hope is the head of motion picture production for Amazon Studios. Since joining Amazon in 2015, after being tapped by Amazon Studios head Roy Price, Hope has made quite a splash with a diverse slate of films by top indie filmmakers — and some smart co-distribution deals — including the studio’s first release, Spike Lee’s incendiary “Chi-Raq,” Woody Allen’s $24 million hit “Café Society,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s controversial “The Neon Demon,” Park Chan-wook’s erotic thriller “The Handmaiden,” Kenneth Lonergan’s poignant drama “Manchester by the Sea,” Jim Jarmusch’s bus-driver poet drama “Paterson,” Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama “The Salesman,” and James Gray’s Amazon adventure “The Lost City of Z.”
Those releases are part of Amazon’s strategy to ramp up the market for independent films by blending traditional theatrical exhibition with the strong marketing and distribution muscle provided by the e-commerce giant’s vast retail platform. Hope and marketing and distribution chief Bob Berney have laid out an ambitious plan to mount theatrical releases for as many as 15 films in the coming year. The goal? To build an audience that associates Amazon Prime with high-end independent movies.
Hope, who began by his career producing for such notable directors as Ang Lee and Michel Gondry, ran the San Francisco Film Society before becoming streaming site Fandor’s CEO and then moving to Amazon.