Born on YouTube and Fueled by Kickstarter, 'Dick Figures The Movie' Surges in Precedent-Setting Digi
Born on YouTube and Fueled by Kickstarter, 'Dick Figures The Movie' Surges in Precedent-Setting Digital-Only Premiere Week
Mondo Media, Cinedigm, and Six Point Harness Send Their Irreverent "Little Animated Movie That Could" Into Marketplace with Unique Multi-Platform Digital Distribution Model Including Free Chapter Installments of Film Over Next 10 Weeks
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- True to its digital roots on YouTube, Cinedigm's Dick Figures The Movie has catapulted into the upper echelons of digital platform sales charts following its unique ALL DIGITAL premiere on Tuesday, September 17th. The Kickstarter-backed $300,000 animated adult comedy is currently available on digital platforms including Amazon Prime, iTunes, GooglePlay and more, performing solidly against major studio, multi-million dollar titles.
Responding to the unique digital-only release, the massive, worldwide fan base for Dick Figures rapidly activated, flooding reviews sites with 5-star ratings. The film is based on the 43-episode web series distributed to Mondo Media's 1.8 million YouTube subscribers.
In another unique distribution ploy, for the next 10 weeks the film will be distributed in chapters on YouTube, one-per-week, continuing to drive transactional outlets.
"Cinedigm and Mondo Media have found a way to capitalize on the sizable and rabid online fanbase that over 350 million YouTube views generates," said John Evershed, CEO of Mondo Media. "We are thrilled those fans are supporting the film they helped make happen."
ABOUT DICK FIGURES THE MOVIE
From the creative minds of Ed Skudder and Zack Keller comes a 73-minute animated feature. Skudder, a USC film grad, and Keller, a Pixar veteran with credits on WALL-E and UP, produced the feature at Six Point Harness, a prominent independent studio based in Los Angeles.
The movie comes on the heels of 40 episodes of YouTube domination, which all began on November 18th, 2010 with a short episode titled "A Bee or Something." 350 million views later, the animated series is an international phenomenon.
ABOUT SIX POINT HARNESS
Los Angeles based Six Point Harness is both a world-class producer of animated content and a resource for top-shelf animation production for TV, motion pictures and the web. 6PH has been in business for over ten years. Notable projects include Tom Hanks' Electric City, MTV's Good Vibes, Nick Jr.'s Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Nickelodeon's El Tigre. This year, 6PH is releasing Dick Figures The Movie, a home-grown animated feature from the studio's own hit web series. The 6PH team is known for its development skill, technical knowledge, sleek production pipeline and broad range of creative styles. http://sixpointharness.com
ABOUT MONDO MEDIA
Short, viral and deadly funny! Mondo is where frowns and sadness go to die, and animated series like Happy Tree Friends, Dick Figures and Deep Space 69 sip champagne and eat the finest mermaid sushi. Mondo Media is the most-viewed animation channel on YouTube where it recently passed the 1.6 billion-view mark to become one of the top 10 most-viewed, non-music channels on YouTube. Happy Tree Friends, the company's breakout hit, is viewed on TV in over 50 markets worldwide and is recognized as the most-viewed web series of all time with over 2 billion video views across all distribution platforms since its launch in 2000. The company's revenue is derived from a blend of online ad revenue, television licensing and merchandise. http://www.mondomedia.com
Cinedigm is a pioneer in the digital distribution revolution that continues to transform the media landscape. As a global leader in the independent content arena, Cinedigm sources, markets, curates and distributes quality films, television properties and content libraries across all digital outlets, including theatrical and home entertainment platforms. Current and upcoming CEG releases include Destin Daniel Cretton's SHORT TERM 12, Penny Lane's OUR NIXON, Shaul Schwarz's NARCO CULTURA, Jared Moshe's DEAD MAN'S BURDEN, Geoffrey Fletcher's VIOLET & DAISY, Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright's CALL ME KUCHU and Jimmy Loweree's ABSENCE. http://www.cinedigm.com CIDM
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