Distribution and acquisition executives Erin Owens and Emily Rothschild are joining PBS as the company looks to expand its theatrical distribution efforts for independent film while growing non-theatrical sales.
Owen (pictured, left) will join media distributor PBS Distribution as head of theatrical distribution and Rothschild (pictured, right) will become director of theatrical acquisitions and market. Through their company Long Shot Factory, Owens and Rothschild worked withPBS on the theatrical release of Stanley Nelson‘s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution before its February 2016 broadcast.
Owens and Rothschild are currently handling the release of Barak Goodman‘s Oklahoma City, set to bow at Sundance in the Documentary Premieres section. The doc will be in theaters on Feb. 3, and air as part of the American Experience series on PBS on Feb. 7.
Owens and Rothschild got started working together at THINKFilm, and have collaborated for a decade at various companies, including Long Shot Factory, Arthouse Films and Cinedigm/New Video. At Cinedigm/New Video, Rothschild acquired a variety of acclaimed documentaries, including Academy-Award nominated Kirby Dick‘s The Invisible War and Danfung Dennis’s Hell and Back Again. Owens released The Invisible War through her company Long Shot Factory, on behalf of New Video. She was also part of the production teams behind the Academy Award-nominated doc Cartel Land and The Punk Singer.