Philip Elliott Hopkins

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Born(1967-06-30)June 30, 1967
Danvers, Massachusetts, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Film Archivist
  • Producer
Years active1989–present
TitleFandor (President)
The Film Detective (President)

Philip Elliott Hopkins (born June 30, 1967) is a film archivist and producer, currently serving as the President of Fandor and The Film Detective, divisions of the American entertainment company, Cinedigm. Hopkins is one of the leaders in film retrieval and restoration, with over two decades of experience within the film restoration and preservation industry. He has managed a collection of over 10,000 archival films from University of California, Los Angeles, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Library of Congress, and Warner Bros.. Hopkins has restored hundreds of classic films for major leading home video, broadcast, and streaming services, including Turner Classic Movies, Amazon (company), Hulu, Pluto TV, MeTV, and PBS.[1]

The Film Detective

The Film Detective is an American classic film restoration, distribution, and streaming company based in Rockport, Massachusetts. Founded in 2013 by Hopkins, who also served as Chief Executive Officer from 2013-2020, The Film Detective offers an extensive library of over 3,000+ hours of classic films and television series, with a focus on both renowned classics and B-movies across genres including comedy, drama, film noir, horror, musical, mystery, science fiction, and silent. Services offered by The Film Detective include a classic film and television app on web, iOS, Android (operating system), Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV; a 24/7 linear channel offered across multiple leading OTT platforms including Sling TV, Plex (company), Stirr, DistroTV, Local Now, and Rakuten TV; and exclusive, limited-run Blu-ray and DVD releases.

In June 2020, Hopkins launched The Film Detective’s first content-specific linear channel, The Lone Star Channel, dedicated exclusively to classic Western films and television series. The Lone Star Channel is available on Sling TV, DistroTV, Local Now, and Rakuten TV.

In December 2020, The Film Detective was bought by Cinedigm, the American entertainment headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The Film Detective continues to operate independently under the leadership of Phil Hopkins.[2]


In January 2021, Cinedigm announced that it would revive the popular streaming service for independent cinema, Fandor, under the leadership of Hopkins as President. [3] Fandor is a source of independent entertainment, presenting independent movies, international films, documentaries, and classics.

Services include the Fandor AVOD/SVOD app, available across web, iOS, Android, and Roku. The Fandor library can also be streamed on the Fandor Amazon Prime add-on channel, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex, Comcast’s XClass TV, and YouTube TV.


Phil’s industry experience includes work for Phoenix Media/Communications Group in 1989. In 1992, Hopkins served as Director of Sales and Promotion for BPI Communications, parent company to Billboard (magazine), and Musician (magazine), and helped to create and develop The Musicians' Guide to Touring and Promotion, an annual music-business directory.

Hopkins founded his first company, Marengo Films, in the late 1990s, moving from years in the music industry to film, restoring hundreds of classic films including horror titles like "Invisible Ghost" and "The Corpse Vanishes," to Sherlock Holmes "The Woman in Green" and "Dressed to Kill."[4]

In 1997, Hopkins founded Dogtown Productions, Inc., an independent company dedicated to music and film publishing, promotion, production, and distribution. Hopkins served as President of the Film Chest throughout the 2000s, offering high-quality film for use in broadcast television, film projects, video streaming, distribution, public television, or cable.[5]

Hopkins has worked as a producer on multiple projects, including the 2011 documentary, A Dance for America: The Choreography, Teachings, and Legacy of Doris Humphrey, from director Ina Hahn, which premiered at the 2011 Season of The Dance On Camera Festival in New York City.[6]

In 2013, Hopkins founded and began serving as CEO to The Film Detective, the classic film restoration, distribution, and streaming service. The Film Detective has gone on to offer multiple classic film and television services, produce original material, distribute restorations to premier film companies, and release limited edition Blu-ray and DVDs including recent restorations like the Sherlock Holmes Vault Collection, The Fabulous Dorseys, A Life at Stake, The Amazing Mr. X, and Frankenstein’s Daughter.[7]

In 2021, Hopkins took on the position of President to The Film Detective and Fandor as divisions of Cinedigm, the American entertainment company dedicated to enthusiast fan bases. Hopkins led the relaunch of the Fandor independent streaming service in October 2021, one of the foremost services for streaming independent film, documentaries, international titles, and classic films.[8]


  1. "Cinedigm Buys Vintage Network The Film Detective". Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  2. "Cinedigm Acquires The Film Detective, Adds Two Channels, 3,000 Films And TV Series". Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  3. "Cinedigm Acquires Fandor, Will Expand Film Streaming Service With Free Tier". Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  4. "Double vision". Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  5. Peary, Gerald (2010-10-10). "He's on the hunt for lost movie treasures". Retrieved 2022-02-17.
  6. "Ina Hahn's Documentary on Doris Humphrey Premieres at The 2011 Dance On Camera Festival in New York City". Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  7. "About | The Film Detective | Classic Film Distribution". Retrieved 2022-02-17.
  8. "Fandor Relaunch Cinedigm Execs Talk Model For Niche Streamers". Retrieved 2022-01-26.

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