Lightyear is a Los Angeles and New York based entertainment company, a leading and award winning innovator in film and music, founded in Manhattan in 1987. In the past thirty years Lightyear has blazed the trail for extraordinary films including: 2017 Oscar® nominee Tanna, award winning film Goldstone, The Etruscan Smile starring Brian Cox, MAZE, The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry, Stevie Nicks: Live At Red Rocks, Sweet Dreams by The Eurythmics, Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, Elvis ’56, A Night With Lou Reed, Best of The Beatles, Kevin Hart: Live Comedy From The Laff House, Oscar® winner The Accountant with Walton Goggins, Ray Davies’ Return To Waterloo, Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal, and Aria. Additionally, album 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, Video-On-Demand, and AVOD/SVOD. Our digital and physical film distribution is conducted through 1091 Media and MVD in North America, reaching outlets like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes as well as physical retail stores. 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.