About Dada Films
Dada Films has years of industry experience and market know-how to help you through uncharted territory. We can create and facilitate a distribution model to market and distribute a specialized film or help you position a film for sale to a major distributor and provide overall market analysis. Or, we can help you achieve nominations and awards at the Oscars, Golden Globes and Spirit Awards. We can be flexible in our role based on what you need to recognize every possible revenue stream and goal.
Company Founder - MJ Peckos
MJ Peckos - President, Dada Films
MJ Peckos has many years of experience in all phases of marketing and distribution in both the commercial and specialized film sector, including theatrical marketing, distribution, acquisitions; home video marketing; television licensing; and non-theatrical sales.
For the past eight years, Peckos has owned and operated her own distribution and consulting company, Dada Films. Dada is a full service distribution, marketing and publicity agency specializing in quality narrative and documentary films for the U.S. marketplace. She has handled the marketing and distribution campaigns for the short-listed documentaries The Price of Sugar directed by Bill Haney, Blindsight directed by Lucy Walker, award-winning film Ballast directed by Lance Hammer, Scott-Walker:30 Century Man directed by Scott Walker, Stuff & Dough directed by Cristi Puiu, Dario Argento's Mother of Tears, Dori Berinstein's Gotta Dance, Oh My God directed by Peter Rodger, TOMBOY directed by Céline Sciamma, Return directed by Liza Johnson, Union Square directed by Nancy Savoca, Golden Globe/Spirit Award nominated The Maid directed by Sebastian Silva, La Soga directed by Josh Crook, The Romantics directed by Galt Niederhoffer, Sympathy for Delicious directed by Mark Ruffalo, Bang Bang Club, The Last Mountain, directed by Bill Haney, C.O.G. directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez and Reaching for the Moon directed by Bruno Barreto. She is currently releasing The Pretty One directed by Jenée LaMarque and Miss Lovely directed by Ashim Ahluwalia.
Dada's first release was the highly acclaimed documentary Broadway: The Golden Age winner of over a dozen film festival awards, Mail Order Wife and Korean box office hit Silmido.
Dada also works with partner company required viewing on Awards Campaigns and marketing consultancy projects. Some of the films include Omar and War Witch both nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Gabrielle, Stalingrad, Neighboring Sounds, Blancanieves, The Clown and Bad Intentions.
Peckos served as CEO of Tartan Films USA managing the theatrical and home entertainment divisions. While at Tartan she oversaw the start up of the company and launched the DVD label named Asia Extreme. Many of the films in this label are currently being remade into Hollywood remakes. Some of the critically acclaimed and award-winning films she released while at Tartan were Bush's Brain, Greg Araki's Mysterious Skin, Park Chan Wook's Oldboy, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Lady Vengeance also directed by Park Chan Wook.
Prior to launching Dada and Tartan U.S.A., Peckos spent nine years at First Look Pictures, where she oversaw global marketing, domestic theatrical distribution and the home video label. In that capacity, she strategized and implemented the theatrical releases of such films as Map of the World, starring Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore; John Sayles's The Secret of Roan Inish; Noel Coward's Relative Values, directed by Eric Styles, and starring Julie Andrews; Franco Dragone's Alegria, featuring the world-famous Cirque du Soleil; Silvio Soldini's Italian comedy, Bread and Tulips; Marleen Gorris's Antonia's Line, winner of the 1995 Academy Award© for Best Foreign Language Film; Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway (also directed by Marleen Gorris), starring Vanessa Redgrave; Wallace Shawn's The Designated Mourner, directed by Sir David Hare, with a virtuoso Mike Nichols (the director) in his only acting role on film; Jerusalem and A Song for Martin, both directed by Bille August; Damien Pettigrew's documentary Fellini: I'm a Born Liar; Anna Maria Tatò's documentary Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember; Autumn Spring by Czech director Vladimír Michálek; Julie Walking Home, directed by Agnieska Holland; Party Girl starring Parker Posey; Chopper directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Eric Bana and Lawless Heart, directed by Tom Hunsinger and Neil Hunter, starring Bill Nighy.
Prior to that, she served as senior vice president of theatrical and video marketing & distribution for Academy Entertainment, where she oversaw the theatrical releases of Romper Stomper starring Russell Crowe and Jamon Jamon starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
Peckos has been responsible for the start-up of theatrical operations at three entertainment companies. While at Vestron, serving as its senior vice president for marketing & distribution, she oversaw the release of over 75 films, including Dirty Dancing, Anna and John Huston's The Dead, all of which received Academy Award nominations.
Prior to joining Vestron, Peckos performed similar functions for The Samuel Goldwyn Company, MGM-UA Classics and Warner Bros. Classics. She was responsible for restoring many studio classics, including Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder in 3-D.