Business Wire – January 14, 2016 04:54 PM Eastern Standard Time
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today a deal with Christian comedian, television host and author Chonda Pierce to host three one-hour episodes of “Chonda Pierce Presents: Stand-Up For Families” which is expected to premiere exclusively on Cinedigm’s DOVE CHANNEL in late March leading up to Easter.
Chonda Pierce, often billed as “The Queen of Clean,” will bring her trademark combination of fierce wit and southern charm to the family-friendly episodes. “Chonda Pierce Presents: Stand-Up For Families” will be designed for families to safely enjoy together without worrying about offensive language or subject matter. In addition to Pierce’s opening monologue, each episode will feature four different clean comedians performing individual sets. Like all content on Dove Channel, the series will carry The Dove Foundation’s Seal of Approval.
Amazon’s Prime members just got a new perk: Showtime and Starz, unbundled and cheap. The internet company launched a new initiative called “Streaming Partners Program Tuesday that allows Prime members to add subscription programming from close to 20 partners for an added fee to their Prime video service.
Some of the add-on programming includes Showtime, Starz, the Lifetime Movie Club, AMC’s Shudder and SundanceNow subscription services, Comedy Central’s Standup+ Service, Acorn TV, Dramafever, the Dove Channel, IndieFlix and Ring TV Boxing. Consumers will be able to pick and choose these add-ons on an a la carte basis, and change their lineup month to month.
It’s probably wrong to call Dove Channel, the new OTT platform launched in September by Cinedigm, a niche service. Because while the audience it targets with its faith and family-friendly programming doesn’t get much love from Hollywood studios outside of the realm of animation, it’s actually quite large.
According to a report by the Pew Research Center released earlier this year, 25.4% of the U.S. population – 62.2 million Americans – are evangelical Christians. It’s safe to say that’s it’s a larger demographic group than those targeted by popular niche OTT services such as anime specialists Crunchyroll or Korean content-focused DramaFever.
Even before the premiere last month, there were plenty of red flags signaling that these were not going to be the Muppets children of the ‘70s and ‘80s grew-up with; or even, for that matter, the Muppets in the charming 2011 blockbuster.
One ad campaign featured Kermit the frog with the tagline “Finally. A network TV show with full frontal nudity.” A message like that doesn’t exactly scream, “Hey, here’s something you can watch with your kids!” (And by the way, who even says that?)
But the problems with this series are hardly an isolated data point, but it serves to illustrate a much bigger problem that seems to plague much of Hollywood: i.e. they just don’t understand family audiences, much less how to serve them.
Those in search of wholesome family videos to stream have a new destination: Dove Channel.
The subscription service, which launches Tuesday on DoveChannel.com, is curated by The Dove Foundation, a non-profit that for nearly 25 years has produced its own movie reviews based on Judeo-Christian values.
“Dove Channel takes The Dove Foundation’s mission to the next level by transitioning from providing consumers information about values-based content to providing them direct access,” said Dick Rolfe, CEO and co-founder of the Wyoming, Mich.-based group, in an email exchange. “We believe Dove Channel will demonstrate a greater demand for Dove-approved entertainment, which will in turn, increase the production of family-friendly content.”
Ticket prices hit a record high as summer movies like “Jurassic World” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” packed in crowds at the multiplexes.
Going to the movies in the U.S. cost an average of $8.61 during the second quarter of 2015, according to exhibition industry trade group the National Association of Theatre Owners. That surpasses the previous high-water mark of $8.38 from the second quarter of 2013.
It’s also a 3.4% increase from the year-ago average of $8.33 and a 6% jump from the first quarter average of $8.12.
VeggieTales, Fraggle Rock, Highway to Heaven, The Adventures of Black Beauty, Swiss Family Robinson, Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss and Where the Red Fern Grows Among Family-Friendly Fare Included on the Channel.
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cinedigm Corp. (CIDM) today announced the preliminary programming roster for the Dove Channel™, the direct-to-consumer over-the-top (OTT) digital network for families and kids seeking quality family-friendly content, rated and approved by The Dove Foundation. The channel is slated to launch early Fall of this year.
The Dove Channel™ will feature newly acquired and original programming, as well as offerings from Cinedigm’s vast library of family-friendly, faith and kids’ content.
T.D. Jakes, Joe Roth, and Devon Franklin hit a home run with Heaven is For Real. Now, the producers are back with Miracles From Heaven with news of the electric signing of star Jennifer Garner (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, 13 Going on 30). Heaven Is For Real lead-off a series of faith-based films including God’s Not Dead, Mom’s Night Out, the Left Behind reboot, and Noah.
Editors Note: Please check back when the film has been produced to read Dove’s full review.
With 2014 drawing to a close and Oscar season gearing up, it is a good time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t for the faith film market this year Early in the year things looked promising with four faith titles performing well: Son of God, Noah, Heaven is For Real, and God’s Not Dead all produced high grosses at the box office. […]
Network television has become known for pushing the boundaries of decency by producing an increasing number of programs that offend people of faith and those who embrace traditional values. Celebrity Interviewer David Frost once said, “Television enables you to be entertained in your living room by people you would never invite into your home.” Mark […]
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