Tom Quinn
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United States
2018

Neon

Tom
Quinn

Founder / CEO

The former head of Radius-TWC formed indie upstart Neon with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League and immediately made a splash with “I, Tonya,” the dark comedy biopic about former Olympic skater Tonya Harding. Eager to differentiate itself from competitors like A24 and Netflix, Neon executed slow-and-steady marketing, including a profanity-laced red-band trailer that piqued interests. The strategy worked: Margot Robbie got a best actress nod, Allison Janney won for best supporting, and the film hauled in some $54 million. Quinn has likened his corporate philosophy to a decalog: releasing just 10 films a year to be able to dig deep on each. Up next is Sam Levinson’s “Assassination Nation,” which was bought with ABGO for $10 million at Sundance.

Career

  • I, TONYA
  • INGRID GOES WEST
  • BEACH RATS

Variety Honors

  • New Power of New York
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Tom Quinn on How Neon Nailed the Landing With 'I, Tonya'

Tom Quinn on How Neon Nailed the Landing With 'I, Tonya'

This winter, Tom Quinn hit the ice with Tonya Harding.The indie film executive and the controversial Olympian grew close during the rollout of “I, Tonya,” the acclaimed dramedy that Quinn’s company Neon is releasing. They bonded over being parents of young children, and Quinn came to see Harding differently from her tabloid image as a Nancy Kerrigan-hobbling harpy. Still, he was nervous about lacing up his skates.“I can’t say I comported myself well,” he says. “But I did not fall.”“I,...

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