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: 2017 Oscar® nominee, Tanna, The Hippopotamus, Stevie Nicks: Live At Red Rocks, Rocksteady, Elvis ’56, A Night With Lou Reed, Best of The Beatles, Kevin Hart: Live Comedy From The Laff House, The Accountant, Ray Davies’ Return To Waterloo, Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal, Aria, in addition to music releases from Nina Simone, Buddy Rich, The Call, Steel Pulse, The Giraffes, Ocean Carolina, Damian Marley and Julian Marley, Sophie B. Hawkins, Grover Washington Jr., and many others.
Lightyear marketing and distribution provides a way for independent film to thrive in the increasingly diverse film and video arena. We mount and market national theatrical releases. We sell to television, and through Video-On-Demand and SVOD. Our physical and digital film distribution is conducted through The Orchard and MVD in North America, reaching all physical retail stores, as well as online outlets Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and many others. Our film library includes more than 120 films.
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 to big box retailers. Our reach is worldwide and our music library includes the work of over 100 artists.
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 New York City.