Welcome, Richard!

Richard Matson WelcomeIntroducing Richard Matson, Vice President of Theatrical Distribution

I hail from the glorious metropolis of Little Rock, AR in the verdant foothills of the mighty Ouachita Mountains (top peak 2753 ft!). From there, I bounced around for college stints at Hampshire, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, then Columbia College. I made my way to NYC to start my career directing epic, Fellini-esque movies. Filmmaker friends told me that if I wanted to direct I should avoid the industry, get a bartending job and dedicate all of my free time to writing… so I immediately took a job running a production/distribution company.

Luckily for me, the two ad agency guys who started the company knew even less about the film business than I did. We had a fantastic time and I learned so much from them about taking risks in an established industry, following your customer/audience, and recognizing the needs and values of all parties along the way. In 4 short years we produced and distributed Adrien Brody’s first 2 starring roles and a political doc with Philip Seymour Hoffman.


The Orchard Takes The 2017 Juno Awards By Storm

2017 Juno AwardsThe nominees for the 2017 Juno Awards have been announced and include a number of The Orchard’s note-worthy Canadian releases. The Juno Awards will take place in Ottawa, Canada at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 2nd at 5PM PDT on CTV.

Despised Icon landed on the list of nominees with their fifth studio album Beast. The vocal contrast of Steve Marois and Alex Erian generates a sound for all types of metal-lovers. With engaging lyrics, perfectly placed breakdowns and powerful riffs, it is no surprise that Beast, brought to us from Nuclear Blast, is nominated for Heavy Metal Album of the Year.


What The #&@$ Do You Do, Priyanka?!?

Priyanka Dewan
Director, Asia
Joined The Orchard in January 2013

At the helm of our Asian operations from the Singapore office, what the #&@$ do you do Priyanka?!!?
I travel A LOT managing our Asia business (ex-India), looking for new opportunities in acquisitions and business development, as well as helping to manage our top clients across the region. I am often invited to speak about The Orchard at conferences like MU:CON in Seoul and the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan.


Snow Bikes Debut At The 2017 Winter X Games

Snow Bike Image credit Wayne DavisThe 2017 Winter X Games descended upon Aspen, Colorado last month for the 15th consecutive year. Top action-sports athletes from around the world gathered to compete in a number of the usual skiing and snowboarding competitions, but there was a new event that drew all the buzz this year.

Dubbed “Snow BikeCross,”this intense and nerve-racking event sends riders out onto a course filled with large jumps and bowl turns atop a machine that is part dirt bike and part snowmobile. The start of the race is pure chaos as all 16 riders speed off at the drop of the gate. You can a great feel of how wild this race begins via helmet camera footage here.


Freeloader Friday: The Luyas, Paul Hill & More

Welcome back Freeloaders! It’s Friday and that means I’m here to give you a break from your usual playlist with some fresh new finds. We have quite the crop for you this week so let’s get to it.

First up is the single “Dream of Love” from Montreal indie pop group The Luyas. As you may have guessed from the title, this is a chill, dreamy track complete with the group’s signature quirky instrumentation and lo-fi vibe. Give it a listen and stay tuned for their next full-length, Human Voicing, out February 24th on Paper Bag Records (more…)