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Independent Film Company Ditches Park Slope Living Room for Industry City

By Nikhita Venugopal | February 25, 2015 2:59pm
 FilmRise is celebrating its new Industry City office space this week.
FilmRise in Sunset Park
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SUNSET PARK — An independent film company that spent about three years operating out of a Park Slope living room is celebrating this week after moving to a brand new office space in Sunset Park.

FilmRise, a film and television distribution startup, was growing so fast that its owners decided to find a new working space for the team, co-owner Jack Fisher said.

The new office at Sunset Park's Industry City is about 5,000 square feet and features an art gallery, a pool table and panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, Fisher said. The company moved into the space in October and is marking the occasion Wednesday with a private party. 

Fisher started the company with his brother Danny out of the Danny’s Park Slope home. Fisher used the basement as a makeshift tech room.

“We just kept growing and growing and hiring more people,” said Fisher, 62. FilmRise now has 14 employees and a third partner Alan Klingenstein, who serves as chairman.

FilmRise’s primary focus is acquiring titles for digital streaming platforms like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime, he said. The company is also developing its own proprietary channels and Fisher said it hopes to have about 100 by the end of the year.

Fisher and his brother began their careers as filmmakers, producing dozens of movies and television shows before getting into the distribution business.

Fisher had only heard a little about Industry City, a massive waterfront complex of historic warehouses, before he visited the space. But once he set foot inside, he decided it was perfect.

“It was just like one of those magical moments for me,” he said.