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Cinedigm to launch documentary on-demand service

Digital entertainment distributor Cinedigm will launch an on-demand service devoted to documentaries that will include original programming, festival coverage, and features such as Gasland (pictured).
May 5, 2014

Digital entertainment distributor Cinedigm will launch an on-demand service devoted to documentaries later this month.

The free, advertising-supported service Docurama Digital Channel is expected to launch on May 20, according to The New York Times, and will offer more than a thousand documentaries by July, including Josh Fox’s Gasland (pictured above) and Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost 2: Revelations.

Cinedigm’s chief executive, Chris McGurk, told the Times that the service aims to double its first-year offerings within 12 months to include original programming and festival coverage. “There’s an audience that’s being underserved,” he said.

Last April, Cinedigm re-launched its Docurama Films label – which has a catalog of more than 1,200 films – as a multi-platform brand through a series of theatrical screenings and an ad-supported Docurama OTT application streaming 150 library titles.

A paid YouTube channel followed a month later, but will be phased out as the company shifts its focus to the on-demand service.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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