IndustryFilm industry
FoundedJanuary 13, 2017; 6 years ago (2017-01-13)[1]
FounderTom Quinn
Tim League
Area served
Key people
Kim Kalyka (Vice President)[2]
Number of employees
11–50 people[2]

Neon (stylized in all caps) is an American independent film production and distribution company founded in 2017 by CEO Tom Quinn and Tim League, who also was the co-founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain.[1] Its first film, Colossal, was released on April 7, 2017.[4][5][6] The company is best known for distributing critically acclaimed and award-winning films, such as I, Tonya (2017), Three Identical Strangers (2018), Apollo 11 (2019), Parasite (2019), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), Palm Springs (2020), Possessor (2020), She Dies Tomorrow (2020), Flee (2021), Spencer (2021), The Worst Person in the World (2021), All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (2022), Fire of Love (2022), Triangle of Sadness (2022), Anatomy of a Fall (2023), How to Blow Up a Pipeline (2023), and Infinity Pool (2023).[7][8][9][10] Parasite is Neon's highest-grossing film at the worldwide box office with more than $200 million.[11]

Additionally, Neon has worked with several high-profile filmmakers, for some of which the films released by the company pivoted their careers, which includes the following: Ali Abbasi, Bong Joon-ho, Brandon Cronenberg, David Cronenberg, Nia DaCosta, Sara Dosa, Julia Ducournau, Craig Gillespie, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Harmony Korine, Pablo Larraín, Sam Levinson, Todd Douglas Miller, Brett Morgen, Ruben Östlund, Laura Poitras, Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Michael Sarnoski, Céline Sciamma, Joachim Trier, Justine Triet, and Nacho Vigalondo.[12][13][14][15][16]

As of 2019, League is no longer involved with daily operations for the company.[17]


During the 4th Annual Zurich Summit, Tom Quinn commented on Neon's intent to release titles that appeal to audiences who "skew under 45, that have no aversion to violence, no aversion to foreign language and to non-fiction".[18] In September 2017, the company partnered with Blumhouse Productions to manage BH Tilt.[19] In 2019, a majority stake of Neon was sold to 30West, the media venture arm of "The Friedkin Group".[20][21][22]

In 2021, Bleecker Street partnered with Neon to launch the joint home entertainment distribution company Decal, which is a standalone full-service operation that handles distribution deals on the home entertainment rights to both Neon and Bleecker Street's curated slates of features. The first film to be distributed through Decal is the Bleecker Street release Supernova in winter 2021.[3] Additionally, Decal acquired North American distribution rights to the South African horror film Gaia for a summer theatrical release, marking their first ever acquisition.[23]

Under his leadership, Andrew Brown (Co-President of Decal) oversaw the launch of Neon's home entertainment division. In 2022, Brown was promoted to President of Digital Distribution. The exec, who has served as SVP of Digital Strategy, Marketing and Distribution for Neon since 2017, also manages Neon's award-winning library, and oversees the annual FYC DVD Box Set and direct-to-consumer digital portal Neon Cinema.[24] Prior to the joint-venture, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, as well as The Criterion Collection and Well Go USA Entertainment (for Possessor where Neon and Well Go co-distributed the film), distributed Neon's titles on home media.[citation needed]

Additionally, Neon has acquired the distribution rights to four Palme d'Or winners at the Cannes Film Festival: Parasite (2019), Titane (2021), Triangle of Sadness (2022), and Anatomy of a Fall (2023); all four won consecutively.[25] After acquiring Parasite in 2018, Neon financed and distributed the film the following year in U.S. territories.[26] The film subsequently became Neon's highest-grossing film with more than $200 million at the box office and won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Bong Joon-ho).[11][27][28]


Main article: List of Neon films

See also


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  23. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 5, 2021). "Decal Picks Up Horror Thriller 'Gaia' Ahead of SXSW Debut". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 10, 2021. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
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