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The Orchard Film Group rebrands as 1091, rejigs leadership

The global indie distributor formerly known as The Orchard Film Group has been relaunched as 1091, after being acquired by the investment group 1901 Media. The new company will work with ...
April 3, 2019

The global indie distributor formerly known as The Orchard Film Group has been relaunched as 1091, after being acquired by the investment group 1901 Media.

The new company will work with the indie film community and has set Werner Herzog’s Meeting Gorbachev and Frédéric Tcheng’s fashion doc Halston as its first theatrical releases under the new banner, both to be shown at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Daniel Stein, a principal of 1091 Media, will step into the role of executive chairman at 1091.

1091′s leadership also includes Danielle DiGiacomo, SVP of acquisitions and strategic partnerships, who will oversee film and TV content acquisitions, developing strategic partnerships and managing all original series and films across partners; Adam Brostoff, SVP of operations; Danny Grant, SVP of film and strategic partnerships, who will oversee action sports content and niche verticals and identify strategic partnership opportunities; Chad Blackwell, COO and CFO; Julie Dansker, chief revenue officer, who will oversee sales and marketing across all content categories with a focus on building new growth and revenue opportunities; and Natalie Mooallem, SVP of client management.

The relaunch marks a return to the ownership team of global music distribution company The Orchard, the original owners of then Orchard Film Group. The company was sold to Sony Music Entertainment in 2015. Terms of the new agreement were not disclosed. Several members of the new leadership team are veterans of the old company.

“This is a homecoming in many ways for Joe [Samberg] and me, having originally launched the business in 2010 when we owned The Orchard. With the dramatic shifts in the content and distribution landscape, more content is being created and delivered to more platforms than ever before. We look forward to building on our relationships with filmmakers and content creators,” said Stein in a statement. “We have an outstanding management team with a strong track record that will take 1091 in an exciting new direction, with continued support and investment, including a renewed focus on expanding partnerships for our leading action sports content catalog.”

“1091″ was named for the office address of Stein and Samberg’s investment firm, which served as The Orchard’s original investors in 2003 when the company was founded.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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