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Eurythmics' Dave Stewart Stars in New Series of Theatrically Released Music Docs

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 2, 2012 at 4:34PM

Rock icon Dave Stewart has just been signed by Cinedigm Entertainment Group to bring a series of music documentaries to movie theatres...
Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart

Rock icon Dave Stewart (the other half of the Eurythmics with Annie Lennox) has been signed by Cinedigm Entertainment Group to bring a series of music documentaries to movie theatres in a recurring time slot. Weapons of Mass Entertainment's "Dave Stewart Presents" series will feature Stewart and a variety of guests from a slew of musical genres, including rock, pop, country and blues, focusing on the art and process of songwriting.

Though it's hard to gauge the freshness of the series (it could be plagued by Grammy-itis, congratulating old white male titans of the music industry), the news is notable as another instance of alternative programming on the big screen. Cinedigm describes it as "programming a movie theatre screen like a cable channel but with all the excitement and energy of a concert venue," and is currently vetting appropriate partners.

Lately alternative programming in theatres has been emerging in various forms. In February, the new startup Tugg launched, which lets the public vote on films they want to see projected on their local movie screens.

This article is related to: Distribution, Exhibition, Digital Future, Cinedigm, Documentary

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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.