JOVE FILM DISTRIBUTION (JFD) was established in 1988 as the sales and marketing wing of FILMS BY JOVE, INC. (FBJ) (IMDB) - a California‐based film production and distribution company.
In 1992 FBJ acquired worldwide distribution rights (sans the former USSR) to most of the award‐winning animation library of Moscow's Soyuzmultfilm Studio (approximately 1,200 films). For the next 15 years FBJ financed digital restoration and marketing of the large part of this library, putting out over 40 hours of premium animation features and shorts compilations suitable for worldwide release. Late in 2007 the distribution rights for the library were aquired by a Russian oligarch who gifted them to the Russian state children's TV channel "Bibigon".
Over the years JFD has established a strong foundation of relationships with both producers and broadcasters. These relationships are the lifeblood of our business and we care for them as such. We represent the industry’s leading producers and consistently provide broadcasters with high caliber programming – relevant and timely.
Our marketing strategy includes attendance at the worldwide television festivals of NATPE, MIP‐TV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, Berlin Film Market, AFM, L.A. Screenings, and others. During these times we promote our programs and their producers in the larger market setting, as well as during private meetings with broadcast executives. Buyers look to select companies to provide them with new programming. When we call on a buyer, or when they call on us, they expect the best. Market after market, year after year we deliver.
Marketing is a constant process. Before and after markets, and on a daily basis we engage in frequent dialogues via email, by telephone and in personal meetings with our clients. We continuously work to ensure that our broadcast clientele have every opportunity to screen and evaluate our films. Other marketing methods include advertising, press releases, producer interviews and direct e‐mail placement.
JFD has been successfully licensing programs worldwide over the last two decades via such broadcasters as: ARTE, BBC , Canal+, The Cartoon Network Channels (Worldwide), The Discovery Channels (worldwide), France Gulli, HBO, History Channel, M6, The MTV Channels (Worldwide), NBC, NHK, National Geographic Channels (worldwide), ORF, Orbit, RAI, TV TOKYO, VTM, ZDF.