Lightyear is a Los Angeles and New York based entertainment company, which began in Manhattan in 1987 with the mission of releasing independent and renowned film and music. In the past thirty years, Lightyear had a hand in the success stories of significant and memorable projects including: Stevie Nicks: Live At Red Rocks, Elvis ’56, A Night With Lou Reed, Best of the Beatles, Kevin Hart: Live Comedy From The Laff House, Jane Fonda’s Original Workout Series, Get Thrashed, Aria, in addition to music releases from Nina Simone, Buddy Rich, Ocean Carolina, Damian Marley and Julian Marley, Sophie B. Hawkins, The Call, Grover Washington Jr., Warren G and many others.
On the music side, Lightyear marketing and distribution provides a way for independent artists to bring their music to the marketplace while maintaining ownership of their recordings. Our music goes out through Caroline, the indie arm of Universal Music Group. Through Caroline, we have the ability to reach over 70 digital download and streaming outlets like iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify, and all the physical brick and mortar outlets, from small indie shops like Rough Trade to large big box retailers like Best Buy. Our reach is worldwide and our music library includes the work of over 100 artists.
On the film side of our business, we make the same commitment to marketing and distributing our client’s work. Our DVD and digital film distribution is conducted through eOne Entertainment in North America, reaching all physical retail stores, as well as, online outlets like Hulu and Netflix. We also sell to TV and VOD, and can mount a theatrical release if appropriate. Our film library includes more than 120 films.
Arnie Holland, who previously worked at RCA Video and Capitol Records before founding Lightyear, is headquartered in Studio City, California. Sky Spooner, who previously worked in A&R at S-Curve Records and Columbia Records before joining Lightyear, works out of Brooklyn, New York.