Oct 18, 2018
Erick Opeka Named President of Cinedigm Digital Networks
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SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Oct. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chris McGurk, Cinedigm Chairman and CEO, (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today that Erick Opeka has been named President of Digital Networks, effective immediately. In this role, Opeka will helm the strategy, development, launch, and operations of the Company’s growing roster of premium digital-first channels and products which includes the factual network Docurama; fandom lifestyle network CONtv; gaming and eSports network WHAM; the family friendly Dove Channel and Dove Kids; combat sports network COMBAT GO; Asian pop culture network HALLYPOP; and the Chinese entertainment channel BAMBU, among others.

Cinedigm's Erick Opeka
Opeka named President of Digital Networks, Cinedigm

Opeka had served as the Company’s EVP of Digital Networks since 2014, where he oversaw the distribution of Cinedigm’s OTT networks online, as well as on mobile devices, gaming consoles, and connected TVs. Opeka was integral in the development and launch of the Company’s flagship digital first networks, further expanding the Company’s growth through landmark partnerships with leading platforms such as Sling TV, XUMO, and Twitch, among others. Prior to assuming EVP duties, Opeka held the position of SVP of Global Digital, helming the distribution of Cinedigm’s 50,000+ hours of content, managing multi-platform distribution deals, sales and distribution, client management, content strategy, development and operations across all distribution channels, including subscription and ad-supported VOD, EST, and cable VOD. Prior to Cinedigm, Opeka served as Senior Vice President and head of New Video Digital, which he grew into the largest global aggregator of independent digital content for more than 850 content partners including A&E Networks, The Jim Henson Company, Berman Braun, and others.

“Erick Opeka has been an invaluable strategist and contributor to Cinedigm and the entertainment industry by creating and launching the absolute best in digital programming offerings, networks and services to the streaming landscape for over a decade,” said McGurk.   “Under Erick’s leadership, Cinedigm has built an unprecedented and impactful portfolio of nine digital-first networks from the ground up, and the partnerships he has helped secure have been a driving force in spreading Cinedigm’s content to top platforms across the globe. I cannot think of anyone better suited for this role, navigating the future creation and distribution of quality digital networks and streaming products.”

“I’m excited to move forward at Cinedigm in an expanded role as the President of Digital Networks,” Opeka said. “It has truly been incredible to see how much that not only the Company’s digital-first offerings have grown, but how much the Company’s reach has grown—providing viewers worldwide with premium content that they simply cannot find anywhere else. I am honored to play a part in that, and I look forward to rapidly scaling our reach and revenue with new channels and products.”

Opeka received his BA from UT Austin, and his MBA from Florida State University. Opeka is also a veteran of the US Army, serving as a medical sergeant in the light infantry. He has been named a Digital Driver seven times by Media Play News (formerly Home Media Magazine), and is a frequent speaker at industry events including Sundance, NAB, CES, and IFP. Opeka also serves as the Chair of the Entertainment Merchants Association’s OTT Growth Council, dedicated to advancing the interests of the $35 billion home entertainment industry; provides mentoring to the entrepreneur support organization Techstars; acts as an advisor to the millennial and Gen-Z women-centered video distribution service Blue Fever; and is a proud member of the Producer's Guild of America.

ABOUT Cinedigm
Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) powers custom content solutions to the world's largest retail, media and technology companies. The global company provides premium feature films and series to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, and major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target. Leveraging Cinedigm's unique capabilities, content and technology, the company has emerged as a leader in the fast-growing digital-first channel business, with four networks under management that reach hundreds of millions of devices while also providing premium content and service expertise to the entire OTT ecosystem. With reciprocal distribution partnerships in both the United States and China, Cinedigm's growing stable of platforms has unprecedented availability in the two largest markets in the world. Learn more about Cinedigm at www.cinedigm.com 

Oct 15, 2018
Be Careful What You Wish for at ScreamFest With the World Premiere of THE FINAL WISH, Starring Lin Shaye, Michael Welch, Spencer Locke & Tony Todd
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Death has a new destination. Following the passing of his father, Aaron returns home to his devastated mother to confront his past demons. Sifting through his father’s belongings, Aaron stumbles upon an Urn which is far more than it seems. As his wants and wishes start coming true, he thinks his prayers have been answered until he learns of the sinister price that comes with THE FINAL WISH. This edge of your seat thriller, from the creator of Final Destination, stars horror veterans Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise, Ouija), Tony Todd (CandymanFinal Destination), Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) and Spencer Locke (Insidious: The Last KeyResident Evil: Extinction). THE FINAL WISH premieres at the ScreamFest Horror Film Festival on October 17th at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, CA and will be followed by a Q&A with Director Timothy Woodward Jr, Writer Jeffrey Reddick and stars Lin Shaye and Tony Todd.

THE FINAL WISH was written by Jeffrey Reddick, the creator of the horror franchise Final Destination, Jonathan Doyleand William Halfon. The film was produced by Timothy Woodward Jr., Lauren de Normandie, Johnny Cleveland, Jeffrey Reddick and Thommy Huston. Executive Producers include Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Joe Listhaus, Patrick DePeters, Arthur Wylie, Dale Godboldo.

ABOUT STATUS MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Status Media & Entertainment specializes in development and production of feature films across all genres. Status Media utilizes its unique relationships with talent, agents, writers, sales representatives and international distributors to execute the seamless and efficient production of films from conception through sales and delivery.

Status Media & Entertainment’s focus is on high concept, niche genre films for the theatrical and home entertainment market. By adding practical effects and explosions, and casting some of the industry's top action stars, each film has a distinctive look and feel.

ABOUT CINEDIGM

Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) powers custom content solutions to the world's largest retail, media and technology companies. The global company provides premium feature films and series to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, and major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target. Leveraging Cinedigm's unique capabilities, content and technology, the company has emerged as a leader in the fast-growing digital-first channel business, with seven networks under management that reach hundreds of millions of devices while also providing premium content and service expertise to the entire digital-first ecosystem. With reciprocal distribution partnerships in both the United States and China, Cinedigm'sgrowing stable of platforms has unprecedented availability in the two largest markets in the world. Learn more about Cinedigm at cinedigm.com.

ABOUT SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Formed in August 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky, ScreamFest Horror Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry. Among the numerous films that have been discovered and/or premiered at the festival include Paranormal Activity, 30 Days of Night, Trick ‘r Treat and The Human Centipede. For more information, visit www.ScreamFestLA.com or email info@screamfestla.com.

Oct 9, 2018
Cinedigm Launches Digital-First Networks CONtv, DOVE CHANNEL, and DOCURAMA on the Free XUMO OTT Service
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Agreement Expands the Company’s Footprint to XUMO’s Base of 30MM-Plus Households Via Its Extensive Multiscreen OTT Distribution Network

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SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Oct. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced the launch of a trio of linear digital-first channels— the fandom-dedicated CONtv, the family friendly values-based DOVE CHANNEL, and the fact-focused DOCURAMA—on the popular, free XUMO streaming television service. CONtv launched today, with DOVE CHANNEL and DOCURAMA’s launch slated for next month. Each channel will feature a VOD component, as well. The agreement further expands the Company’s footprint, making these linear digital-first channels available to over 30 million households across the country through XUMO via nine smart TV integrations, mobile and web. Technology embedded in the television hardware and tuner allows XUMO to enjoy high degrees of both active user engagement and monetization.

XUMO viewers will now be able to easily access exclusive On Demand titles from Cinedigm’s linear channels by clicking the XUMO button incorporated in the remote controls of select VIZIO smart TVs or accessing it through native integrations such as Channel Plus for LG smart TVs and the virtual input available for both Hisense and Sharp smart TVs. The new programming will also be available across the web and mobile devices, via the XUMO app for iOS and Android, and more.

CONtv is the leading digital-first entertainment network devoted exclusively to fandom. The network provides audiences access to thousands of hours of content showcasing an eclectic catalog of must-watch favorites featuring elusive cult films, and beloved television shows, spanning a wide array of genres including sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, and martial arts.

DOVE CHANNEL was created as a response to high consumer demand for family-friendly content, offering viewers safe programming options and full access to the largest library of high-quality values-based films, children’s programs, documentaries, and series in the streaming marketplace. XUMO viewers can feel confident knowing that all content featured on the DOVE CHANNEL meets the high standards of The Dove Foundation and its esteemed Faith & Family Dove Seals Of Approval—serving as an invaluable resource for families across the country for over 27 years.

DOCURAMA is an immersive Over-The-Top streaming service dedicated to delivering the absolute best in award-winning documentaries and true-life television series. Launched as a VOD streaming service in 2014, DOCURAMA provides viewers with a vast library featuring hundreds of films, shorts, and series, as well as insightful interviews and in-depth film festival coverage.

"XUMO has emerged as a major force in the streaming industry, and Cinedigm is proud to join forces with them to bring three of our most popular channels to their massive viewership," said Erick Opeka, EVP of Cinedigm Digital Networks. "The scope of their reach is unprecedented, earning impressive viewer engagement ratings and providing promising investment opportunities with their soaring monetization levels. We hope XUMO users will enjoy these eclectic channels that each offer something different for viewers of all tastes—whether they’re in the mood for classic genre movies and television, critically acclaimed documentaries, or family-friendly programming.”

"In the past 90 days, the average time our viewers spent on XUMO has increased by nearly 10 percent, showing that our audience is interested in longer-form content in addition to what we currently offer, and the new Cinedigm channels provide the depth, diversity and appeal they’re looking for,” said Stefan Van Engen, SVP Content Partnerships and Programming at XUMO. “Through this partnership and the launch of CONtv, DOVE CHANNEL and DOCURAMA, we’re able to stream thousands of hours of new premium entertainment featuring unique fandom-oriented programming and popular family-friendly content as well as informative documentary series—all of which will better serve our audience and continue to solidify XUMO as a daily destination for streaming entertainment."

ABOUT XUMO
A leading disruptor in steaming television and digital entertainment, XUMO offers over 140 digital channels of free premium programming across 12 genres, including Sports, News, Kids and Family entertainment, Live Events, Comedy, Lifestyle, Movies, and more. XUMO is available through a wide range of smart TVs, where it’s available in over 30 million U.S. households, as well as across the web and other streaming devices, including the XUMO mobile app for iOS and Android. XUMO delivers its over-the-top (OTT) video-on-demand (VOD) and LIVE linear digital channels through content partnerships with popular media providers such as CBSN, PeopleTV, CollegeHumor, and HISTORY, as well PGA TOUR, and many others. The company is based in Irvine, CA. Learn more about XUMO at www.xumo.tv and follow @XumoTV on Twitter.

ABOUT Cinedigm
Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) powers custom content solutions to the world's largest retail, media and technology companies. The global company provides premium feature films and series to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, and major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target. Leveraging Cinedigm's unique capabilities, content and technology, the company has emerged as a leader in the fast-growing digital-first channel business, with nine networks under management that reach hundreds of millions of devices while also providing premium content and service expertise to the entire OTT ecosystem. With reciprocal distribution partnerships in both the United States and China, Cinedigm's growing stable of platforms has unprecedented availability in the two largest markets in the world. Learn more about Cinedigm at www.cinedigm.com

Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Corp. www.cinedigm.com.

Oct 1, 2018
Cinedigm’s Digital-First Networks DOVE CHANNEL & DOCURAMA Join DISH’s ‘Subscription On Demand’ Programming as Customizable TV Options
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DISH Users Can Enjoy DOVE’s Extensive Library of Values-Based Content & Award-Winning Documentaries on DOCURAMA

Each Channel will be Available À La Carte Starting at $4.99 Per Month

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Oct. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today the addition of a pair of popular digital-first channels—the family friendly values-based DOVE CHANNEL and the documentary-devoted DOCURAMA—to DISH’s new Subscription On Demand programming roster. Both DOVE CHANNEL and DOCURAMA are now available as à la carte options, giving DISH users access to their extensive content libraries for $4.99 per month each.

Subscription On Demand content is available to DISH customers with a qualifying base programming package and internet-connected Hopper DVR, Hopper Duo, Joey, or Wally, allowing them to enjoy premium programming from DOVE CHANNEL and DOCURAMA at their leisure and completely commercial-free.

DOVE CHANNEL was created as a response to high consumer demand for family-friendly content, providing viewers with an extensive library of uplifting and enlightening values-based films, children’s programs, documentaries, and series. All content featured on DOVE CHANNEL meets the high standards of The Dove Foundation and its esteemed Faith & Family Dove Seals Of Approval—serving as an invaluable resource for families across the country for over 27 years.

DOCURAMA is the first digital entertainment network completely devoted to high-quality documentary films. Carefully curated by the industry’s top experts and critics, DOCURAMA delivers over 1,000 hours of acclaimed documentaries suited to viewers of all tastes—boasting a content roster covering everything from personal profiles, sports, and music, to hard-hitting political exposés and insightful interviews.

"Cinedigm is proud to join with DISH, as we bring DOCURAMA and DOVE CHANNEL to the innovative new Subscription On Demand service," said Bill Sondheim, President of Cinedigm’s Entertainment Group. "DISH is truly a leading force in the industry, focused on giving consumers the absolute best premium content possible. This agreement perfectly complements our commitment to redefining the traditional viewing experience, putting the power back in the viewer’s hands and providing them with unique and diverse content that they simply cannot find anywhere else.”

ABOUT Cinedigm
Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) powers custom content solutions to the world's largest retail, media and technology companies. The global company provides premium feature films and series to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, and major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target. Leveraging Cinedigm's unique capabilities, content and technology, the company has emerged as a leader in the fast-growing digital-first channel business, with four networks under management that reach hundreds of millions of devices while also providing premium content and service expertise to the entire OTT ecosystem. With reciprocal distribution partnerships in both the United States and China, Cinedigm's growing stable of platforms has unprecedented availability in the two largest markets in the world. Learn more about Cinedigm at www.cinedigm.com

Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Corp. www.cinedigm.com.

Sep 26, 2018
Cinedigm Acquires 10 Seasons of the Popular Drama Heartland; Series Debuts on Dove Channel in October
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SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Sept. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today the acquisition of seasons one through 10 of the popular family-friendly drama Heartland. The series will make its Dove Channel debut in October. Rights to Heartlandwere acquired from international distributor Kew Media Distribution.

Based on Lauren Brooke’s hit book series of the same name, Heartland follows Amy Fleming and her estranged sister Lou, who are suddenly reunited when their mother’s tragic death forces Lou to leave behind her relationship and career in New York City for the rigors of Heartland Ranch. Together, with their grandfather, Jack Bartlett, and loyal ranch hand Ty Borden, Amy and Lou work to adapt to their new circumstances and rebuild their relationship while dealing with the trials and tribulations of life on the ranch.

Heartland stars Amber Marshall, Michelle Morgan, Graham Wardle, and Shaun Johnston, and features notable guest appearances by Arrow star Stephen Amell and horror icon Katharine Isabelle, as well as Beau Mirchoff (Awkward), Keegan Connor Tracy (Once Upon A Time), Benjamin Hollingsworth (Code Black), and Kari Matchett (Covert Affairs), among others. The series is the longest-running 60-minute scripted drama in Canadian television history.

“For more than a decade, Heartland has stood as one of Canada’s most popular television series of all time—resonating with viewers for its powerful storylines and realistic characters,” said Erick Opeka, Cinedigm’s Executive Vice President of Digital Networks. “Cinedigm is proud to add this beloved series to our extensive roster of Dove programming offerings, allowing fans to relive their favorite moments from the series while making Heartland easily accessible for a new generation to discover and enjoy.”

“We’re very pleased to see Heartland heading to Cinedigm’s Dove Channel - the drama’s strong multi-generational appeal is a perfect match for the network’s profile and audience,” said Jennifer Askin, VP of Sales at Kew Media Distribution. “With its blend of drama, adventure, romance and comedy, the long-running family saga delivers absorbing entertainment with wide appeal, and this new deal underlines the continued global success and popularity of this great series.”

Dove Channel was created as a response to high consumer demand for family-friendly content, offering viewers safe programming options and full access to the largest library of high-quality values-based films, children’s programs, documentaries, and series in the streaming marketplace. Dove users can feel confident knowing that all content featured on the Dove Channel meets the high standards of The Dove Foundation and its esteemed Faith & Family Dove Seals Of Approval—serving as an invaluable resource for families across the country for over 27 years.

Dove Channel is one of Cinedigm Networks Group’s nine digital-first channels. In addition to Dove, the company currently operates martial arts network COMBAT GO; factual network Docurama; fandom lifestyle network CONtv; eSports lifestyle network WHAM; Asian music and pop culture network HALLYPOP; a Chinese entertainment channel; and the family-focused Dove Kids.

ABOUT Dove Channel
Dove Channel is a digital-first entertainment network providing safe, values-based programming for families to enjoy together. Dove Channel’s programming is made up of thousands of hours of films and television, all approved by the Dove Foundation and ranks as the largest library of values-based content in the streaming marketplace.

ABOUT Kew Media Distribution 
Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes a diverse catalogue of film, television and digital assets to broadcasters and viewing platforms across the world. Kew Media Distribution manages international rights to a library of over 10,000 hours of TV and digital content, including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.kewmedia.com.

ABOUT Cinedigm
Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) powers custom content solutions to the world's largest retail, media and technology companies. The global company provides premium feature films and series to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, and major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target. Leveraging Cinedigm's unique capabilities, content and technology, the company has emerged as a leader in the fast-growing digital-first channel business, with nine networks under management that reach hundreds of millions of devices while also providing premium content and service expertise to the entire OTT ecosystem. With reciprocal distribution partnerships in both the United States and China, Cinedigm's growing stable of platforms has unprecedented availability in the two largest markets in the world. Learn more about Cinedigm at www.cinedigm.com.

Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Corp. www.cinedigm.com.

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