Giant Pictures LLC
Company typePrivate
IndustryMotion Pictures
HeadquartersNew York, New York, United States
Burbank, California, United States
Key people
Nick Savva (GM), Jeff Stabenau (co-founder)
ServicesDigital Distribution
ParentGiant Interactive LLC
SubsidiariesDrafthouse Films
WebsiteGiant Pictures

Giant Pictures is an American independent film distribution company founded by Nick Savva and Jeff Stabenau with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. The company releases feature films, documentaries[1] and series on streaming platforms, with an emphasis on flexibility and customization for filmmakers.[2] Giant Pictures owns and operates specialty theatrical label, Drafthouse Films. [3] Giant is the distribution and technology partner of the Tribeca Festival.


Founded in New York City in 2017 by Nick Savva, who had previously worked in digital distribution for the Tribeca Festival,[4] the company was initially launched under the name Streaming Plus. Its first film release was Newness directed by Drake Doremus, which the company had acquired following its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[5]

Initially a subsidiary of Giant Interactive, a technology services company owned by post production entrepreneur, Jeff Stabenau,[6] Giant Pictures focused on distribution to streaming platforms[7] including AppleTV, Vudu, Prime Video, Netflix, Tubi, The Roku Channel, Pluto TV and Peacock.[8]

In 2020, in order to expand its global digital distribution efforts, Giant Pictures split from Giant Interactive, although the companies maintained a close relationship as technology partners.[9] Subsequently, the company built various apps and channels[10][11] on platforms such as The Roku Channel,[12] XUMO, LG, Vizio and Plex.[13] By 2022, Giant Pictures was releasing upwards of 40 new feature films annually and had more than 1,000 titles under management via content partnerships with numerous independent studios.[14][15]

In February 2023, it was reported by that Giant Pictures had acquired US theatrical and VOD rights to A House Made Of Splinters, one of the 2023 Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature.[16] Subsequently, Giant released the film on digital platforms including Apple TV and Prime Video. A theatrical release was announced at select Alamo Drafthouse theaters beginning in March 2023.

May 2023 saw the release of feature documentary, Nuclear Now, directed by Oliver Stone, which Giant co-released along with two of its studio partners, Abramorama and Participant Media.[17] The film makes the case for nuclear power as a vital energy solution in the face of climate change.[18]

Drafthouse Films

Following a collaboration on the re-release of the cult 1980's genre movie Action USA,[19] in early 2021 Giant Pictures signed a sales representation deal with Austin, TX-based distribution label, Drafthouse Films, for the acclaimed films in its catalog.[20] Subsequently, the Drafthouse titles were made available on multiple streaming platforms including Tubi,[21] Kanopy,[22] Shudder and Hulu.[23] In March 2022, Giant Pictures acquired Drafthouse Films with Nick Savva serving as Drafthouse Films' new CEO and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League becoming chairman.[24]

The first two films to be released by the newly acquired company were Nr. 10, directed by Alex Van Warmerdam and Masking Threshold, directed by Johannes Grenzfurthner.[25] Both films had a close association with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas and its related media companies, having premiered at Fantastic Fest then playing at Alamo Drafthouse locations, followed by streaming releases on the Alamo On Demand platform and through Giant Pictures.[26]

Partnership with Tribeca

In August 2021 Giant Pictures partnered with the Tribeca Festival to create The Tribeca Channel, a free, ad-supported movie streaming channel in the US and Canada.[27]

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the movie A Bronx Tale in September 2023, Giant Pictures produced a 4K digital restoration of the film on behalf of Tribeca Enterprises.[28] The digital coloring process was handled at Goldcrest Post in New York and was overseen personally by director, Robert De Niro.[29] The restoration took 9 months to complete. To accompany the re-release of the film on UHD Blu-ray, Giant created bonus features including new interviews with De Niro, as well writer and star, Chazz Palminteri. In June 2023, the Tribeca Festival, which De Niro founded along with the film's producer, Jane Rosenthal, premiered the 4K restored version with a special 30th anniversary screening at New York City's Beacon Theater.[30]

In January 2024 Tribeca Enterprises and Giant Pictures partnered on a US distribution label called Tribeca Films, to manage the distribution of high-quality independent films from the film festival circuit on streaming platforms.[31] The label aimed to focus on U.S. transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) and advertising-based video-on-demand (AVOD) with the opportunity for distribution across Giant Pictures’ streaming infrastructure, as well as on the Tribeca Channel. Tribeca Films set a goal of acquiring 25 titles per year from festivals like Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Cannes, Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the Tribeca Festival. Trade publication, Indiewire, wrote of the initiative: "As the market has changed and made it harder for filmmakers to find homes for their festival movies, even with so many more options available, having one more buyer in the market should be good news for any indie filmmakers".[32]


Select filmography

Title Release Date
Newness 11/3/2017
Mr. Roosevelt 12/26/2017
What We Started 3/23/2018
White Boy 5/29/2018
They Remain 5/29/2018
Pressing On: The Letterpress Film 6/19/2018
Time Trap 11/13/2018
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. 12/11/2018
American Gospel: Christ Alone 1/5/2019
306 Hollywood 3/5/2019
In Reality[33] 4/2/2019
Tater Tot & Patton 5/4/2019
Ghost Light[34] 6/18/2019
Love, Antosha 11/12/2019
Skid Row Marathon 11/19/2019
Iron Fists And Kung Fu Kicks[35] 9/24/2019
Cabaret Maxime[36] 3/3/2020
She's Allergic To Cats[37] 4/7/2020
The Panama Papers 5/26/2020
Volition[38] 7/10/2020
Watson 7/14/2020
Feels Good Man 9/4/2020
My Darling Vivian 12/8/2020
Action USA[39] 1/8/2021
#Like 1/26/2021
Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know[40] 2/2/2021
The Delicacy 6/1/2021
River's End: California's Next Water War[41] 9/20/2021
Death of Nintendo 10/5/2021
The Snail and the Whale 10/5/2021
The End of the Storm 11/2/2021
See You Next Christmas 11/9/2021
Salt in My Soul[42] 1/25/2022
The Hunt for Planet B 3/8/2022
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey[43] 5/10/2022
Being BeBe 6/7/2022
Mission: JOY Finding Happiness in Troubled Times 6/7/2022
Dinner in America 6/7/2022
The Bridge of San Luis Rey: Remastered 6/14/2022
Turbo Cola 6/14/2022
Dark Cloud 6/28/2022
The Skeleton's Compass 9/6/2022
Elizabeth Windsor 9/13/2022
A House Made of Splinters 2/21/2023
Messwood 4/18/2023
Nuclear Now 4/28/2023
All Man: The International Male Story 6/2/2023
A Bronx Tale (30th Anniversary Edition) 9/12/2023
A Disturbance in the Force 12/5/2023
Everything in Between 2/6/2024

Studio partners

Streaming channels


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