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Bob Berney Launches Picturehouse 2.0 with Netflix Output Deal

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 15, 2013 at 4:46PM

The indie film community has been waiting for the unveiling of indie distributor Bob Berney's latest incarnation. Finally, after his short-lived stint at FilmDistrict, Berney is rebooting the Picturehouse label that he co-founded in 2005, which was later shuttered by partners New Line Cinema and HBO Films.
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Ryan Gosling in "Drive."
FilmDistrict Ryan Gosling in "Drive."

Picturehouse acquired and released Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning "Pan’s Labyrinth"; Olivier Dahan’s "La Vie en Rose" (winner of two Academy Awards, including best actress for Marion Cotillard); Sergei Bodrov’s "Mongol"; Robert Altman’s "A Prairie Home Companion"; and Seth Gordon’s documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters." When Time Warner folded the operations of New Line and Picturehouse into the Warner Bros. family, the brand continued to live on through the home entertainment and television releases of the films.

Berney has also overseen the U.S. theatrical releases of blockbusters such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "The Passion of the Christ" as well as critically hailed films including Christopher Nolan’s "Memento," Alfonso Cuaron’s "Y Tu Mamá También" and Niki Caro’s "Whale Rider."

As President, Theatrical Distribution of FilmDistrict, Berney released "Insidious," "Soul Surfer," "Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark" and "Drive," which in total grossed over $150 million in domestic box office. Previously, as CEO of Apparition, Berney presided over the release of "Bright Star," "Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day," "The Young Victoria" and "The Runaways."

Entertainment marketing veteran Jeanne Berney most recently served as Executive Vice President of Marketing at FilmDistrict. Before that, she was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Administration for Apparition, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and ran the Film and Digital Entertainment Group at Rogers & Cowan and held publicity and promotion positions at Rysher Entertainment, Savoy Pictures and Miramax Films.  

This article is related to: Independents, FilmDistrict


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.