Picturehouse is a film distribution and marketing company which specializes in the distribution of filmed entertainment through multiple platforms. It is an established brand recently acquired by one of its original founders, Bob Berney, a highly respected, results-oriented marketing and distribution executive with an exceptionally strong track record of identifying and successfully distributing films profitably. This is illustrated by the success of two of the highest independent grossing films of all time: The Passion of the Christ and My Big Fat Greek Wedding . Other notable films he has released include: Pan’s Labyrinth, Drive, Insidious, Memento and Whale Rider.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Berney has been a preeminent force in the international film world for over twenty years, bringing many smart and successful films to the screen. Since 2000, he has been associated with over $1 billion in U.S. Box Office revenue. Mr. Berney has a proven track record of film acquisition, marketing and distribution, combined with trusted relationships with filmmakers, theater circuits and industry executive around the world. He is frequently a first-stop for independent filmmakers as a distribution partner.
Mr. Berney headed Picturehouse when it was originally formed in April 2005 as a joint venture between HBO and New Line Cinema, acquiring and releasing such acclaimed films as Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth (winner of three Academy Awards); Olivier Dahan's La Vie en Rose (winner of two Academy Awards); and Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion. Most recently, Mr. Berney co-founded and served as President, Theatrical Distribution of FilmDistrict, a multi-faceted acquisition, distribution, production and financing company, whose initial releases, Insidious, Soul Surfer, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and Drive, grossed over $160 million in Domestic Box Office.
Mr. Berney also served as President and Partner at Newmarket Films, releasing numerous features, including Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (which at $370M DBO is still the highest grossing independent film ever), Chris Nolan’s Memento, Monster (for which Charlize Theron won a Best Actress Academy Award); and Whale Rider, a breakthrough family film (Best Actress Academy Award nomination). He also took the helm at IFC Films, when it was formed, where he acquired and oversaw the release of My Big Fat Greek Wedding (which at $240 million is the still the second highest grossing independent film) and Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien.