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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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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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