We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda Nelson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linda, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind our success is having a great reputation for honesty and innovation.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My company, Indie Rights was born out of necessity. My partner and I had produced a couple of independent films and couldn’t find distribution that we thought was equitable and would allow us to become self-sustaining by our art. We decided to start our own distribution company. It was very difficult and took a long time – more than ten years, but we stuck with it because we had a vision of the future. When we started, no one was using the internet to watch movies. We knew that one day, the internet would be fast enough for people to stream movies, so we offered to beta test for many new companies who believed as we did that fast internet was coming and that people would one day watch movies online. We started by offering to bring other filmmakers along for the ride. At first, there were not too many people that believed in us, but over the years, as our vision became a reality, more an more people started to understand what we were doing. Now we have more than 1,000 films in our catalog that we distribute to all the major internet channels like Amazon, Google Play, AppleTV, Vudu, TubiTV, PlutoTV, and many others. In the beginning, our distribution was limited to the United States, but now we distribute films globally to more than 100 countries. In the beginning we had to have a day job to pay the rent and the bills, but we were confident that the day would come when we could leave our day job and work full time at building our studio. Now we have been able to do that for the past six years. Our new vision is to deliver our content globally using cloud to cloud delivery. People love movies and TV and we love making and sharing great movies and TV with the whole world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love playing tour guide when friends or family come to Los Angeles for the first time. I’ve traveled the world and LA is my very favorite city. Favorite breakfast would have to be at Blue Jam. For lunch, we’d go to Joey DTLA, Cassel’s for a great hamburger, Pizzanista for my favorite pizza and Grand Central Market for breakfast or lunch – so many good choices. Dinner would have to include Red Bird, Le Petit Paris, Bar Ama, Water Grill, Pez Cantina, Ace Hotel, Nomad (both in the lobby and up on the roof) and of course Soho Warehouse for a few meals, out in the garden and up on the roof for the best view of the skyline of LA. Drinks at the top of the Intercontinental Hotel can’t be beat for the view, though it’s also great fun to see the city from the top of City Hall. Of course we would have to take in some live entertainment – ballet, theater or concert at the top of Grand Avenue. At least one sporting event at Staples Center depending on the season is a must! One of my favorite things to show people are the grand movie palaces. The LA Conservancy has a great tour. We’d have to squeeze in a visit to my favorite wine bar, Cafe Garcon in the Arcade on Broadway. Great clothes shopping at specialty stores like COS and ACNE
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My partner, Michael Madison has worked tirelessly with me to build our company, Indie Rights. He has the same values as me and many complimentary skills and aspirations that contribute greatly to our company.