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Indie Rights was founded by Michael Madison and Linda Nelson because they believed that the future was bright for independent artists and that there was a better way to produce and distribute movies.  They have been in business since 2000, when they produced their first film, NSYNC BIGGER THAN LIVE a Giant Screen Movie that played to sold out crowds worldwide.  

Known for innovation.  SHIFTED, their first digital feature,  was the first movie on Amazon's UnBox (the predecessor of Amazon Video)  and was used by Amazon to promote their platform for over five years.  DELIVERED was the first independent feature to edit and master a 4K movie using Adobe CS5. Articles in Variety, HDVideoPro and an Adobe Success Story followed.   Partnerships were forged early on with the leading digital platforms including Amazon, Google, AppleTV, TubiTV, and others. These partnerships insure that Indie Rights can offer the very best audience opportunities for their own films, as well as the more than 800 other filmmakers they work with. Indie Rights exhibits every year at AFM and the Cannes Film Market. 

More recently, Indie Rights has migrated its content to the cloud in partnership with a group of talented engineers from MIT.  After extensive research, we determined that a new system was essential in order to scale our business.  Now that our content lives in the cloud, we are able to easily deliver content to buyers in minutes rather than days.  This will allow us to maximize the number of outlets for our films on a global basis.  We now deliver content to over 100 territories worldwide.



Linda Nelson began her career as an international investment banker, IT executive an entertainment real estate developer.  After meeting Michael Madison, she pivoted into the movie business finally realizing her artistic potential.   As an Executive Producer on NSYNC, she quickly realized that she was interested in being more "hands on" and was the DP for her next film, SHIFTED.  As a Producer on DELIVERED she was finally able to gain experience in all aspects of the financing, development, production and distribution phases of moviemaking.  In 2007, she co-founded Indie Rights with Michael Madison and has been active in distribution every since. Indie Rights now has a diverse catalog of more than 1,200 films and exhibits annually at Cannes and AFM.  The company enjoys direct relationships with all major streaming platforms.

Linda Nelson
Michael Madison

Michael Madison started his entertainment career as Executive Producer and Distributor of the Giant Screen/IMAX film NSYNC BIGGER THAN LIVE.  Michael then  Directed and starred in the next two Nelson Madison Films features, SHIFTED and DELIVERED.   On top of his directing, editing and acting talent, his social media savvy has helped build substantial audiences for many Indie Rights movies.  Currently, Michael is busy developing his next film, LA PI. He is involved with all aspects of the distribution process for Indie Rights.  

Michael is a graduate of Texas Tech University, Playhouse West Alumni and a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Michael and Linda at Cannes Film Festival
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