Freestyle Releasing

Freestyle Releasing, LLC is an independent film distributor based in Los Angeles California, founded in 2004, specializing in releasing films theatrically. Unlike most distributors, Freestyle Releasing did not put up any prints and advertising money for its releases.[3]

Freestyle Releasing, LLC
  • Susan Jackson
  • Mark Borde
  • Mike Doban[1]
SuccessorEntertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Key people
Mark Borde[2] (President)
ServicesFilm distribution
RevenueUS$4.20 million
Number of employees
ParentEntertainment Studios
DivisionsFreestyle Digital Media
Turtle's Crossing

Freestyle had a service distribution deal with Jeff Clanagan for a line of African-American movies called Code Black.[1]


Freestyle Releasing was founded in 2004 by Susan Jackson, Mark Borde and Mike Doban, formerly at United Artists Theaters. By January 2006, Jackson started the DVD label Freestyle Home Entertainment as an adjunct for additional leeway in its deal making. The company booked Winter Passing and Find Me Guilty for Yari Film Group in 2006.[1] Jackson and Borde in 2010 formed Freestyle Digital Media, a film aggregator for the video on demand market.[4]

By May 2011, Doban left to be chief operating officer at Sycamore Entertainment Group, a film prints and advertising (P&A) financing firm.[5] Jackson died in October 2014.[4] In October 2015 Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios acquired Freestyle for an undisclosed amount "said to be sealed for high-eight figures".[2]


  • Freestyle Digital Media, founded in 2010, a film aggregator for the video on demand market with an output deal with Netflix.[2]
  • Turtle's Crossing, independent producer sales company,[2] which was founded by Jackson in 1999 and represented producers in selling their films[4]

Selected releasesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Toumarkine, Doris (January 5, 2006). "Freestyle Approach". Film Journal International. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Busch, Anita (October 22, 2015). "Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Acquires Indie Freestyle Releasing". Deadline. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Goldstein, Patrick (September 16, 2009). "The Big Picture". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sneider, Jeff (October 14, 2014). "Susan Jackson, Co-Founder of Freestyle Releasing, Dead at 54". TheWrap.
  5. ^ Fischer, Michael S. (May 12, 2011). "So You Want To Be In Movies?". Private Wealth Magazine. Charter Financial Publishing Network Inc. pp. 1, 3. Retrieved October 16, 2017.

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