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Cinedigm Partners with New Video to Buy and Release Indie Films

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 22, 2012 at 9:00AM

As the many filmmakers at Sundance seek the best distribution they can get, the new partnership between digital exhibitor Cinedigm Entertainment Group and veteran indie distributor New Video to buy and release indie films offers independent directors cross-platform theatrical release as well as digital and physical distribution.
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As the many filmmakers at Sundance seek the best distribution they can get, the new partnership between digital exhibitor Cinedigm Entertainment Group and veteran indie distributor New Video to buy and release indie films offers independent directors cross-platform theatrical release as well as digital and physical distribution.

Many companies are trying to figure out the new distribution landscape.  This new partnership aims to bring more indie films into theaters by leveraging advanced digital technology. Cinedigm and New Video will work together to acquire and distribute independent films theatrically in North America, followed by platform release across cable, VOD, digital, and DVD/Blu-ray.

Over the last few years Cinedigm has released close to 200 independent films and alternative content events. New Video is the largest aggregator of independent digital content worldwide, with Amazon, Apple’s iTunes store, Hulu, Netflix and Walmart’s Vudu service as key partners. The two companies plan to release films in 2012 in North America through Cinedigm’s theatre network.

“New Video has a strong 20-year track record of creative marketing and innovative release strategies for film and TV,” said Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm. “Adding in Cinedigm’s quality digital theatrical capabilities to New Video’s proven expertise opens up a unique and advantageous release opportunity for independent filmmakers in all key channels of distribution. This arrangement also underscores Cinedigm’s commitment to provide our digital theatrical network with an expanded stream of high quality content as we rapidly grow our core distribution business.”

“There is opportunity and demand for great independent cinema. Cinedigm and New Video are creating a new distribution model that’s specifically designed to maximize today’s fast-moving digital landscape,” said Steve Savage, Co-President of New Video. “Together, our acquisitions teams will target both talent-driven independent films with broad appeal, as well as niche or specialty releases.  We are thrilled to partner with Chris and his entire team to bring enhanced value to the life of a filmmaker’s project.”

This article is related to: Exhibition, Independents, DVDs, New Media & Technology


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.