about us
With over 20 years of film experience in the marketing, distribution, sales and acquisitions areas, Raphael and Peckos bring their passion and love for cinema to every aspect of their work.

The films they have marketed and distributed have garnered numerous Awards including: Academy Awards, Palme d'Or, Golden Bear, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, and every major Film Critics’ Awards throughout the U.S.

required viewing is committed to helping filmmakers fully realize their marketing and distribution goals.

steven raphael
With over 20 years in the film industry, Raphael has been passionately devoted to bringing quality films to the US marketplace. Prior to founding required viewing, Raphael was Senior Vice president of Acquisitions and Co-productions at USA Films (now Focus Features). During that period he was involved in the theatrical campaigns for such films as: BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, GOSFORD PARK, and TRAFFIC.

At USA, Raphael was responsible for acquiring and co-financing Mira Nair’s MONSOON WEDDING, Todd Haynes’ FAR FROM HEAVEN (nominated for four 2003 Academy awards) , Francois Ozone’s 8 WOMEN, the Dardenne Bros. ROSETTA (Winner Palme d'Or 1999 Cannes Film Festival) and Wong Kar Wai’s IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE.

Prior to USA FILMS, Raphael was Sr. Vice President of Publicity and Marketing at Gramercy Pictures/PolyGram where he was responsible for National Campaigns on FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, DEAD MAN WALKING, ELIZABETH, FARGO, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, SHALLOW GRAVE, BOUND, THE BIG LEBOWSKI and COLD COMFORT FARM.

Raphael is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He is a past board member of the Film Independent (FIND), OUTFEST, THE DRAMA DEPT, and NEWFEST. Raphael currently is a member of IFP advisory committee and a consultant to the RIO Film Festival and Telefilm Canada. He lives with his partner in New York City.

mj peckos
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 documentariesThe 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.

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'sThe 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 WalkingHome, 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.

denise sinelov
Denise Sinelov joined required viewing in March 2011 and is responsible for all elements of publicity, marketing, and distribution coordination. Prior to required viewing, Sinelov held positions at Magnolia Pictures and IFP. She is a graduate of SUNY Purchase where she majored in Cinema Studies.