A distributor is the owner and licensor of motion picture rights. They are responsible for getting the film into theaters, and licensing the rights to desired third parties. Distributors include the major studios (WB, Universal, Columbia, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Disney), the mini majors (MGM, Lionsgate Summit, Weinstein Company, CBS Films, Relativity) and the smaller independent companies (Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media, Road Side Attractions, IFC Films etc).
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