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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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