Prior to partnering with Jeff Schenck, Barry Barnholtz has spent his career developing, producing, and acquiring mainstream and niche product for home entertainment distribution since the inception of home video.
In 1971 he formed the Barnholtz Organization sub-selling television rights for Comworld International, American National, All Media Enterprises (Australia) and several other independent producers. From 1980-84 he served as Vice president of Medallion TV.
Barry Barnholtz co-founded Vidmark in 1983, which subsequently became Trimark Pictures. In his position as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions he oversaw all acquisitions for Trimark Pictures and Vidmark Entertainment, the home video division that released 45 feature films per year to the video market. His product acquisitions took the company from virtually nothing to over $100 million in revenue per year during his 14 years. Purchasing over 400 films, Barry developed a formula that created a 95% profitability factor. He was responsible for producing or acquiring the highly successful “Leprechaun" franchise starring Jennifer Aniston, “Swimming with Sharks” starring Kevin Spacey, “The Curse of the Starving Class" starring James Woods and Kathy Bates, “Federal Hill” directed by Michael Corrente, Emmy award winning “Mystery of the Sphinx”, “La Femme Nikita”, “Longtime Companion” starring Mary-Louise Parker and Dermot Mulroney, the “Warlock” franchise, “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover”, “Black Robe” directed by Bruce Beresford, “Amityville Curse”, and “Dead Alive” directed by Peter Jackson.
Barry Barnholtz established Barnholtz Entertainment Inc. (BEI) in 1996. He began producing films such as “First 9 ½ Weeks” and “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World” and acquiring a vast collection of films, typically with major stars, for distribution. The current 170 film library features a virtual who’s who of "A List" stars like:
Russell Crowe, Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford, Adam Sandler, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman, Jessica Alba, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon, Tommy Lee Jones, Cameron Diaz, Richard Gere, Chris Rock, Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson, Diane Keaton, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Beckinsale, Benecio Del Toro, Drew Barrymore, Tim Allen , Pierce Brosnan, Eminem, Jerry Seinfeld and Naomi Watts.
Through guaranteed, output agreements with Lions Gate, Gaiam, and E-One, BEI’s product is sold at the nation’s largest retailers including Wal-mart, Best Buy, Target, Sam’s Club, and Amazon. The distribution of BEI films has been phenomenally successful.