While the proliferation of online streaming has led to a booming new marketplace with an unprecedented volume of content, independent film has so far been unable to break in in any meaningful way. This leaves filmmakers with two options: (1) sell your film to a conventional distributor for pennies on the dollar, or (2) self-distribute your film through an aggregator with no support.
So, Jake Coburn and Sean Flanagan founded Magnetbox Films as a new breed of distribution and production company to finally bring independent film into the 21st century. With years of experience in aggregation, distribution, and production, Magnetbox understands the unique challenges and opportunities your film faces, and is eager to help it find its audience. And, as lifelong cinephiles we proceed with a selectively curated crop of projects we believe in, and take a special care to craft custom strategies that include:
• Coordination of multi-platform windowing
• Sales representation to domestic and foreign cable platforms
• Pitching to online streaming platforms
• Highly-targeted digital marketing
• Asset management and logistical support
Whether you’re looking to sell your film, distribute yourself, or any combination of neither or both, please feel free to reach out for a free consultation, and let us see how we can help you.
Founder and Head of Distribution
Founder and Head of Production
Jake Coburn comes most recently comes off of a three-year stint at Premiere Digital. He began in their Mastering department, where he did Quality Control, repairs, and conformance on over one thousand titles. Then he worked as an Account Manager, where he oversaw hundreds of titles from ingest all the way through delivery and also fostered strong working relationships with Amazon, iTunes, Google, and Netflix. He was also the primary account manager for Sundance Artist Services, and oversaw the release of several of their recent films, including the hit First Girl I Loved. A graduate of Oberlin College and Boston University, Jake comes to the technical side of distribution by way of production, where he has done every production and post job under the sun. He has cut, sound mixed, and done VFX work on many films, as well as worked in commercials on projects for brands such as Kia, Apple, and Google. Though he grew up wanting to be an astronaut or a rocket scientist, a college humanities requirement turned into a professional love and career after too many dorm room movie nights to count.
Sean Flanagan was last seen serving as the marketing and sales manager of Quiver, the independent film branch of aggregator Premiere Digital Services, where he worked on over five hundred films and TV series. Having graduated from The New School University in New York City, Sean interned for Time Out New York, Fox News and RK Films on the award winning HBO film “Taking Chance.” After working for Nielsen’s Media in marketing research for three years, he began a career in production that included projects for MTV, Sports Illustrated, Gannett News, Ridley Scott Productions and many more. Before working with Premiere Digital, Sean worked in marketing and publicity for Cinema Libre Studio, working on the HBO films “Dias De Gracia” and “Olvidados” as well as nearly fifty other social issue related feature documentaries and narratives. Sean has wanted to work solely in film since he was eight years old and his father explained to him that people got paid to make “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”