XYZ Films

XYZ Films
Industry Film
Founded 2008 (2008) in Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Aram Tertzakian
  • Nate Bolotin
  • Nick Spicer
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Services Film production and sales

XYZ Films is an American film production and sales company. It was founded in 2008 and focuses on international genre films, including The Raid: Redemption, The Raid 2, and On the Job.


XYZ Films was founded by Aram Tertzakian, Nate Bolotin, and Nick Spicer, who met at the University of California, Los Angeles. All had worked previously in the industry. Todd Brown, editor-in-chief of film website Twitch Film, joined after they invested there.[1] Early deals included one with Time Inc. that did not produce any projects but raised their profile. Believing the market in the US to be too small, they invested in international genre films. The Raid: Redemption, an Indonesian action film that was produced on a budget of around $1 million, grossed over $14 million worldwide.[2] They partnered with French film distributor Celluloid Dreams in 2010,[1] and, in 2013, they expanded beyond North American sales into international sales.[3] XYZ limits budgets to keep costs down, then markets films to genre fans based on its reputation.[4] XYZ said they focus on commercial films that still take risks.[5] In 2015, they partnered with distributor Abbolita Films.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Lodderhose, Diana (2011-11-05). "XYZ Films spreads beyond L.A.". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  2. Longwell, Todd (2012-10-05). "XYZ Films: Quartet hits it big with overseas 'Raid'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  3. McNary, Dave (2013-02-11). "XYZ Films forms int'l sales division". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  4. 1 2 Hopewell, John; Keslassy, Elsa (2014-01-31). "XYZ Films Boards 'Party Animal' from Cult Norwegian Helmer Patrik Syversen (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 Sandwell, Ian (2014-05-18). "Genre bares its teeth". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  6. 1 2 3 McNary, Dave (2015-05-06). "CANNES: Abbolita, XYZ Films Teaming on Distribution". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  7. Yamato, Jen (2014-07-14). "Karyn Kusama's 'The Invitation' The Next Gamechanger Pic". Retrieved 2016-03-14.
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