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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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