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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 […]

Excitement Builds for ‘Son of God’ Movie

Reprinted from NewsMax – Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 05:42 PM By Andrea Billups “Son of God,” the movie premiering nationwide on Friday, “has a lot of love for Jesus and it’s going to get people to open up their hearts and minds to who Jesus is,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film […]

The Dove Foundation Promotes Scott Rolfe to COO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grand Rapids, MI (February 10, 2014) — The Dove Foundation, today announced the promotion of Scott Rolfe to the position of Chief Operating Officer.  In this new role, Rolfe will be responsible for developing and directing a comprehensive array of programs focused on product review services and client relationships with filmmakers, publishers […]

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Hollywood Declares 2014 the Year of the Bible.

Russell Crowe is Noah. Christian Bale is Moses. Brad Pitt is Pontius Pilate. With pages of action and a faithful fanbase, Hollywood is mining the good book for blockbuster stories.

Pop quiz: How many of the top 15 highest-U.S.-grossing movies of all time—adjusted for inflation—star comic-book characters?

Answer: Zero.

And how many are based on the Bible?

Answer: Two.

In the late 1950s, The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur teamed up for $1.795 billion in adjusted domestic ticket sales. That’s more than Avatar, The Dark Knight, and Transformers combined.

Which may explain, at least in part, why the movie industry seems—unofficially, of course—to have declared 2014 The Year of the Bible.

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Faith community represents a strong, passionate opportunity for entertainment biz.

by: Dr. Larry Poland

It happened again. This time it was Phil Robertson, the patriarch of “Duck Dynasty,” who pulled back the shades on an immense body of TV viewers who had apparently escaped the notice of top execs at A+E Networks.

But they should have known. It was this “mystery audience” that made History’s miniseries “The Bible” a smash hit not long ago. Yet A+E leaders Nancy Dubuc and Abbe Raven can be forgiven for failing to anticipate the nuclear backlash that benching the fuzzy-faced man from West Monroe, La., would stir after his condemnation of homosexual behavior in an interview with GQ magazine. There persists in Hollywood a common thread of perceptions that have hung a lot of film and TV execs out to dry on one end or shocked them with success on the other. It is a thread of mistaken notions about the faith community in the America, especially conservative ones of the Christian and Jewish variety.

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The Dove Foundation Appoints Chief Marketing Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grand Rapids, MI (January 29, 2014) — The Dove Foundation, which is largely known for its signature blue and white Dove Seal on family-friendly movies, today announced the appointment of Steve Sammons as Chief Marketing Officer. In this new role, Sammons, who will be based in Los Angeles, will be responsible for […]