Jonathan Barkan is the VP of Feature Film Acquisitions and Distribution for The Horror Collective, where he finds and acquires Horror, Thriller, and Sci-Fi titles for North American distribution as well as foreign sales.The Horror Collective's latest release is the micro-budget Horror project SHIFTER which was released in August 2020.
Previously Jonathan was the Editor-in-Chief of Dread Central, one of the internet’s leading horror websites, as well as being an acquisitions ambassador for DREAD Presents, a genre-centric distribution label under the banner of Epic Pictures Group. An internet personality, he has appeared on multiple podcasts and news segments to discuss the social and cultural significance of horror.
He has also served as a jury member at various film festivals around the world, including BIFAN in South Korea, Popcorn Frights in Florida, HARD:LINE in Germany, South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, and Fantasia in Quebec, amongst others. He has been featured on sites such as Rotten Tomatoes, WatchMojo, Atom Tickets, Phantastiqa, ComingSoon.Net, Shudder’s weekly newsletter The Bite, and more.
Jonathan specializes in Horror and Thriller features of all sub-genres.
Please note: The industry executives who work with Stage 32 do not accept unsolicited submissions. The submissions sent to executives are not submissions to their company nor are they submissions to the executive as a representative of their company. Contacting this executive with an unsolicited submission outside of Stage 32 is a violation of our user policy and will result in suspension from the site.
Tips on pitching to Jonathan Barkan
Within 15 minutes of your scheduled pitch, the exec will reach out by Skype or Phone. Your pitch session will last approximately 8 minutes.
Written Pitches will be no more than 2 pages submitted as a PDF or WORD document. Any written pitch uploaded past the deadline will not be shown to the executive and will result in a non-refundable forfeiture of your pitch.
Within 3-4 weeks of your pitch session, you will receive a Pitch Scorecard on which the exec you pitched will provide pitch feedback and note if they are PASSing, or would like to REQUEST your material.
If you are requested, you will be notified via email with further instructions. The execs will have 2-3 months to review your material and note if they are PASSing, or would like a MEETING. If a meeting is requested, we will introduce you via email.
Please understand that these are working executives, and their schedules are subject to change at a moment's notice. We always strive to give you at least 24 hours of notice if a session has been cancelled, and we will recommend another executive for you to pitch your material to.
Need help with your pitch?
Download the Stage 32 Pitching Guidebook
Questions or Concerns?