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Indie Player Mickey Liddell Partners with Specialty Vet David Dinerstein on LD Distribution

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2011 at 3:36PM

There's movement afoot in indie distribution. Relativity is struggling to keep its financial footing, and Graham King plans to restructure FilmDistrict, his experiment in releasing his sprawling slate, after losing Bob Berney. Now P & A financeer Mickey Liddell is starting his own releasing company LD Distribution with vet David Dinerstein.
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David Dinerstein
David Dinerstein

There's movement afoot in indie distribution. Relativity is struggling to keep its financial footing, losing a key executive last week, and Graham King plans to restructure FilmDistrict, his experiment in releasing his sprawling slate, after letting go of Bob Berney. Now P & A financeer Mickey Liddell, who has been partnering with the likes of Roadside Attractions, is starting his own releasing company LD Distribution with distribution with marketing veteran, ex-Paramount Classics exec David Dinerstein as president. The company plans to release four to six films in its first year, a mix of acquisitions and films from five-year-old Liddell Entertainment's expanding production slate of modestly budgeted films capped at $25 million.

Dinerstein has been covering the indie waterfront as a consultant, and certainly knows his stuff; he did a great job on Bob Yari's "The Illusionist," which misled the would-be movie mogul to think there was more money down that road, with disastrous consequences

Indie distribution requires deep pockets. It's not for the faint of heart.
 
On the company’s initial slate is Toronto buy, William Friedkin’s "Killer Joe," starring Matthew McConaughey; Henry-Alex Rubin's recently wrapped "Disconnect," starring Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgard, and horror film "The Collection," from Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the writers of the last two "Saw" installments and the sixth currently in post-production.
 
Dinerstein will also oversee in a transitional phase the marketing and release of Liddell's upcoming productions and acquisitions, including Open Road releases "Silent House" starring Elizabeth Olsen and Joe Carnahan's "The Grey," starring Liam Neeson, as well as period drama "Albert Nobbs" starring Glenn Close and Janet McTeer (Roadside Attractions).
 
Over the past few years, Liddell Entertainment helped to acquire or produce such films as Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Biutiful," starring Javier Bardem; "I Love You Phillip Morris" starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor; Chris Rock's doc "Good Hair"; upcoming Weinstein Company release "The Details" starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks, and genre flicks "The Haunting Of Molly Hartley" and "The Collector." Liddell also produced "Go," "Broken Hearts Club," "Telling Lies in America" and television shows "Everwood" and "Jack and Bobby."

Dinerstein comes from D Squared Films, where he was president, as he was at Lakeshore Entertainment. His specialty subsidiary experience includes not ony running Paramount Classics with Ruth Vitale but marketing posts at Fox Searchlight and Miramax Films.
 
 
 

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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.