Gareth Jones has been involved in the financing, sales and distribution of feature films for over thirty years. He has financed, sold international rights and/or distributed more than eighty independent feature films.
These films include: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Secretary, My Summer of Love, The Man Who Sued God, Nuns on the Run, Open Range, Damascus Cover, and Surviving Christmas.
After graduating with a degree in law from University College London, Gareth practiced as a corporate lawyer with city firm Macfarlanes. He joined HandMade Films as an in-house lawyer in 1984. Gareth was promoted to head of HandMade Films and subsequently became Managing Director of Alibi Films International. Gareth steered both HandMade Films and Alibi Films to becoming iconic British-based sales companies.
Gareth joined Winchester Films as Head of UK Film Production and Financing to coordinate Winchester’s existing UK film activities including development, production, international sales, production finance and UK distribution. Winchester subsequently merged with Content Films.
Gareth worked with the UK distribution team at Content on the acquisition and UK theatrical releases of several films, including Open Range starring Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall, My Summer Of Love starring Emily Blunt with BBC Films and The Man Who Sued God starring Billy Connolly. Most of the films had wide cinema releases in the UK and were distributed on DVD by Universal Pictures.
After decades of experience, Gareth has formulated a streamlined approach to distributing films in the U.K. and handling international sales to ensure the best possible chance of profits to film producers. His holistic approach involves executively producing the film with the production team, aiding in the procurement of financing, consulting on the appropriate budget, cast and crew and managing the UK distribution and international sales for the film.