Founded in 1986, Xenon Pictures, Inc. is recognized in the U.S. home entertainment marketplace for creating the first significant labels focused on the Black audience market.
In developing the label, Xenon forged relationships with some of the most revolutionary independent film pioneers: Melvin Van Peebles, Rudy Ray Moore, Jamaa Fanaka, Ralph Bakshi and Perry Henzell to name just a few, and sought out films that are not only commercial, but were truly groundbreaking and have maintained their appeal (across ever-broadening audiences) for decades.
Xenon’s most recent film project, “Straight Outta Compton” (the story of the gangster rap group NWA) was produced by Legendary Pictures and released in 2015 through Universal Pictures. It has grossed over $201 million at the box office alone, and Xenon founder Leigh Savidge garnered an Oscar nomination for best screenplay.
After building a global distribution mechanism, Xenon financed and produced definitive biographies on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahalia Jackson and Death Row Records and acquired a library of films from notable Black directors including Melvin Van Peebles, Rudy Ray Moore, Jamma Fanaka, Julie Dash, Tim Story and Robert Townsend. In 2002, the Company added Latin/Spanish content to its focus when it contracted with Mexican media powerhouse Grupo Televisa to create and finance Televisa’s U.S. home entertainment initiative, Televisa Home Entertainment. Over the next eleven years, working with a wide range of Latin/Spanish programming such as classic Spanish language television, top-rated telenovelas and theatrical features, Xenon helped position Televisa as a dominant brand in the home entertainment space.
Today with a library of over 200 titles, Xenon Pictures, Inc. remains one of the few self-distributing media entertainment labels able to offer a full-service distribution platform in North America. The Company looks to acquire a wide range of dynamic independent narrative and documentary feature films that will provoke, excite and inspire consumers seeking content in both the digital and physical disc arenas. The Company’s corporate philosophy can be distilled down to a few simple maxims: innovate, don’t imitate; embrace filmmakers whose actions speak to their goals and finally, listen to what customers and consumers want and find it.
Xenon Pictures, Inc.
3521 Jack Northrop Ave.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
“From its line of 1970s blaxploitation chestnuts such as Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song to Hong Kong action films to current independent projects, Xenon has built a unique video library …. and demand for the supplier’s product is swelling.”Los Angeles Times
“Catering to tastes long ignored by mainstream studios, Xenon keeps its edge through a strong nationwide distribution network. Xenon ain’t losing its grip anytime soon.”Rap Pages
“Stands in stark contrast to Hollywood”Christian Science Monitor