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Susan Margolin With over 25 years’ experience in the global film and television distribution business, Susan Margolin has built a reputation as a digital distribution pioneer and dedicated supporter of filmmakers and the filmmaking community both domestically and internationally. After having spent a decade at an international film sales company, she launched New Video Group in 1991 with partner Steve Savage. Over two decades, New Video became a leading home entertainment distributor and a trailblazer in global digital aggregation, featuring film, TV and new media content. Distributing via key platforms including iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and others, New Video distributed content via digital download, streaming, VOD, Blu-Ray and DVD. During that time she partnered with over 500 content creators including A+E, History, Lifetime, Tribeca Films, Sundance Institute, Major League Baseball and Scholastic.
In 1999, Margolin launched Docurama Films, which distributes award winning documentary films across all platforms including theatrical, home entertainment and digital. Through Docurama, Margolin has championed more than 300 award winning non-fiction films, from the recent release of Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors to the 2012 release of Kirby Dick’s Academy Award Nominated The Invisible War. Other notable recent releases include British feature documentaries David Sington’s The Flaw, Julien Temple’s London: Modern Babylon, and Academy Award Nominated Hell and Back Again, as well as Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.
In 2012, Margolin and Savage sold New Video to Cinedigm Entertainment (NASDQ: CIDM), the leading independent content distributor in the United States. She now serves as President of Docurama and Special Acquisitions at Cinedigm.
In addition to Margolin’s current position on the board of BAFTA New York, she is a member of the advisory boards for both the IFP and NYWIFT, and was honored by the PGA as one of the “Digital 25: Leaders in Emerging Entertainment.”