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 August through Universal Pictures.
Xenon founder Leigh Savidge received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
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