Longtime distribution executive Mark Borde
is leaving his post as president of Byron Allen
’s Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Borde held the post for three years following the 2015 sales of his Freestyle Releasing to Allen who then formed Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures. The distributor’s top performers have been shark thriller “47 Meters Down
,” which grossed $44 million domestically; Christian Bale
’s western “Hostiles
” ($29.8 million); and Ted Kennedy
drama “Chappaquidick” ($17 million).
Borde has been a part of the independent movie business as a distributor, a film producer, a theater owner, and as a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in the Producers Branch.
“Mark Borde, a second-generation movie distribution entrepreneur, co-founded Freestyle Releasing over 17 years ago with the late, great Susan Jackson
,” Allen said. “One day at lunch in 2015, Mark graciously agreed to sell me the company, instantly putting our corporation into the movie business. Since acquiring Freestyle,