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Yekra’s Embeddable Movie Player Gains Blockbuster Titles

LA Times
August 28, 2014
By Paresh Dave

Like many aspiring producers, Lee Waterworth learned quickly that getting movies into theaters and then getting people to go to screenings is tough.His idea to make it easier: A digital theater that can be embedded onto any website. On Thursday, Waterworth’s start-up Yekra announced that it’s improving the player and adding to its library a series of major films, from studios such as Warner Bros. Pictures…

To show people what’s possible with Yekra Theater, the company also unveiled Thursday a partnership with the Dove Foundation, a nonprofit that rates films on their family- and faith-friendliness. Dove plans to regularly curate a theater of approved films and share it with a network of 80,000 [subscribers], Waterworth said.

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Faith-Based Movie for Millennials Drawing Global, Tech-Savvy Audience

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Matthew Faraci Office: (919) 645-0771 Email: [email protected]   HOLY GHOST-the #1 most-funded, faith-based Kickstarter film in history-releases results of exclusive Advance Premiere designed to test new consumer-driven distribution model in which a film’s success hinges on its fans from start to finish; upcoming World Premiere Experience is September 6th Chicago, IL, […]

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Cinedigm Stoked About ‘God’s Not Dead’ Disc Sales

12 Aug, 2014
By: John Latchem

gndCinedigm Entertainment is touting a heavenly reception at retail for the home entertainment release of God’s Not Dead. Cinedigm president Bill Sondheim reported that first-week Blu-ray and DVD sellthrough of the faith-based title exceeded 50%, equating to about 300,000 units sold.

The Pure Flix film, which was released on disc Aug. 5, earned $60.8 million at the U.S. box office on a budget of $2 million.

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 U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Flat in First Half of 2014

AUGUST 5, 2014 | 08:30AM PT
Thomas K. Arnold
Editorial Director, Home Media Magazine

U.S. consumer spending in the first half of the year was essentially flat with last year, but the shift toward digital distribution is becoming increasingly pronounced.

Numbers released this morning by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group show a robust second quarter, in which total consumer spending on home entertainment rose 2%, making up virtually the entire 3.2% deficit from the first quarter. Total home entertainment spending for the first six months of 2014 came in at an estimated $8.58 billion, down less than 1% from the $8.65 billion consumers spent in the first half of 2013.

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Coming to a TV Near You: Dove Movie Channel


(How to Train Your Dragon 2 received 5 Dove seals and could potentially be featured on the new Dove Channel.)

Founded in 1991, the nonprofit organization Dove Foundation as been dedicated to encouraging Hollywood to create family-friendly products. Movies and books are regularly screened by Dove and only those that are more or less “safe” for the family earn the coveted Dove seal of approval.

Just last month, it was announced that Dove would begin a partnership with Cinedigm to provide an over-the-top (OTT) digital subscription streaming service which will be widely accessible to consumers via the web, set top boxes, gaming consoles, and connected TVs.

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Cinedigm and The Dove Foundation Partner to Launch DOVE MOVIE CHANNEL an Over-the-Top Digital Subscription Streaming Service

                         The family-friendly service will be widely accessible to consumers via the web, set top boxes, gaming consoles, and connected TVs. Los Angeles, CA, June 19, 2014 – Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today it has partnered with The Dove Foundation, known for its signature blue and white Dove Seal of approval on family-friendly movies, […]

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New Producers Flooding Indie TV
With Faith and Family Friendly Fare

by Cynthia Littleton
Editor-in-chief: TV@Variety_Cynthia

Just when it seems that the world’s largest media congloms are tightening their grip on the airwaves, an independent TV production boom has erupted in the nation’s heartland.

In Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan and other states, a new breed of low-budget telepic and series producers is responding to the spike in demand for family- and faith-friendly content from a clutch of growing cable and digital multicast channels.

Indie outfits such as Up, Magic Johnson’s Aspire, INSP, TV One, Bounce TV and BYUtv as well as OWN, BET, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network are all in need of a steady supply of fresh programming, particularly made-fors. That has helped create an ecosystem for producers working well outside traditional showbiz entities to deliver productions with unabashedly feel-good themes and inspirational stories.

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Faith-Based Content on the Rise

FaithBased[1]When the Christian-themed indie film God’s Not Dead pulled in $8.6 million from just 780 theaters during its opening weekend in late March, many in the industry were surprised.

Not Michael Scott, managing partner of Pure Flix Entertainment, which produced the film (for around $2 million).

“Christian-themed films have always had a strong niche, and as faith-based entertainment hits the mainstream market in larger scales, the mass media is starting to pay more attention,” Scott said. “We were confident God’s Not Dead would do well, yet [it] performed better than we imagined ($49 million at the box office as of April 23). We’re humbled by its success and grateful to see how Hollywood has responded.”

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Why Christians Now Rule Hollywood

When last weekend’s box office numbers were revealed one superstar came out on top. It wasn’t Denzel Washington, Robert Downey, Jr. or any of the other usual names from Hollywood’s A-list. In fact, this A-lister did not even appear in any film credits at all, but may have just become Hollywood’s hottest commodity. The new power player: God, or more specifically God and his many Christian followers. For the first time, two Christian themed films appeared in two of the top box office slots.

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2013 Crystal Dove Seal Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grand Rapids, MI (March 10, 2014) – The results are in! The top Dove Approved movies for 2013 were elected by thousands of people voting online. Here are the final winners in each category: BEST ADVENTURE – Thor, The Dark World – Walt Disney Pictures BEST ANIMATION – Frozen – Walt Disney Pictures BEST […]