Cinedigm Acquires Broad Based Digital & VOD Distribution Rights to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Television Library for U.S., Canada and Latin America
Deal for Over 1,000 Episodes of Award-Winning Television Signals Concentrated Push to Bring International Content to Digital Marketplace
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cinedigm (NAS: CIDM) has acquired broad-based digital/VOD rights for US, Canada and Latin American to over 1,000 episodes of television from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) library. The deal, which encompasses both existing episodes and future inventory and includes all genres spanning contemporary and classic programs, represents a major push into the international marketplace for Cinedigm, a leader in the digital media revolution.
The deal includes such brand name titles as Correlli (starring Hugh Jackman); the classic An Audience with Dame Edna series; Outland, the outrageous 2012 series about a gay science fiction fan club; Double the Fist, the acclaimed Australian slapstick comedy and At Home with Julia, the romantic comedy/political satire about Australia's first female Prime Minister.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Australia's national public broadcaster providing premier television, radio, online, and mobile services throughout metropolitan and regional Australia, as well as overseas through the Australia Network and Radio Australia. ABC presents programming produced both in house and sourced from independent producers as well as the catalogues of Screen Australia, The Australian Ballet and Opera Australia. Its scope of programming includes current affairs, comedy, children's, arts and music, science and technology, sports, lifestyle, entertainment, history, education and drama.
"This acquisition reflects the remarkable fluidity of today's international entertainment marketplace and the ever-growing importance of efficient, cost-effective delivery of digital content worldwide," said Chris McGurk, Cinedigm's Chairman and CEO. "ABC has a reputation for superb, varied product and our audiences will now have the opportunity to enjoy that programming in their own regions via devices of their choosing."
"ABC Commercial is delighted to be working with a company with the experience and market reach of Cinedigm and we look forward to audiences in the USA, Canada and Latin America having access to our award-winning, quality ABC productions," said Robert Patterson, Director of ABC Commercial.
"We're thrilled to be working with ABC as Cinedigm continues its focus on delivering outstanding, award-winning product to audiences across the widest variety of current - and emerging - digital platforms," said Mark Kashden, VP Acquisitions for New Video/A Cinedigm company.
The ABC titles include the following:
Correlli, a 1995 prison-based TV drama series, starring Hugh Jackman and co-starring his wife-to-be Deborra-Lee Furness.
An Audience With Dame Edna, the classic stand-up comedy series which showcased the Australian comedian Barry Humphries over-the-top, worldwide "giga-star" character Dame Edna.
The Librarians, an edgy contemporary comedy series centering on the trials of Frances O'Brien, a devoutly Catholic, blithely racist head-librarian, whose life unravels when she hires her ex-best friend, Christine Grimwood - now a drug dealer - as the children's librarian.
Double the Fist, from the highly acclaimed producer Megan Harding, is a slapstick comedy featuring off-the-wall story lines and sophisticated special effects. The Fist team of "lifestyle vigilantes" wages war on mediocrity wherever they find it.
At Home with Julia, directed by Erin White, is a romantic comedy/political satire about Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard, her unemployed hairdresser boyfriend Tim Mathieson and their everyday life behind the closed doors of their home and official residence, The Lodge.
Outland is a 2012 comedy series, based on a 2006 film of the same name, which revolves around the lives, loves and never-ending dramas of the members of a gay science-fiction fan club.
Cinedigm is leading a digital entertainment revolution. Cinedigm's pioneering digital cinema deployment and servicing efforts, and our state of the art distribution and exhibition software, are cornerstones of the digital cinema transformation. Cinedigm is also the leading digital aggregator of independent content in the world, providing end-to-end digital content delivery to theaters, across digital and on-demand platforms, and on DVD/Blu-ray. Through partnerships with iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Google, Hulu, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, and others, Cinedigm reaches a global digital audience. The company's library of over 5,000 titles includes award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company® and acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film. Cinedigm is proud to distribute many Oscar®-nominated films including "The Invisible War," "Hell and Back Again," "GasLand," "Waste Land" and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory." Current and upcoming CEG multi-platform releases include "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," "Arthur Newman" and "Violet and Daisy." Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corpwww.cinedigm.com. [CIDM-G]
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