Including the original cult classic 21 JUMP STREET featuring Johnny Depp, the deal covers over 800 episodes across 40 seasons
Los Angeles, CA; July 8, 2014 – Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Inc. announced today they have entered into a multi-year home entertainment distribution deal for the award-winning Cannell television library. Encompassing such popular TV series as 21 JUMP STREET, HUNTER, WISEGUY, and SILK STALKINGS, the distribution deal covers home video, SVOD and EST digital rights.
Specifically, the expansive and award-winning library includes 807 episodes across 40 seasons, including:
o 21 Jump Street – 103 episodes
o Greatest American Hero – 42 episodes and pilot
o Hunter – 152 episodes and 1 movie
o Renegade – 110 episodes
o Silk Stalkings – 176 episodes
o The Commish – 94 episodes
o Booker – 21 episodes
o Cobra – 21 episodes
o Hawkeye – 22 episodes
“We are eagerly looking forward to a long and productive relationship with our friends at Cinedigm,” said Michael Dubelko, President of Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Inc. “Their market reach and channel relationships are unique among independent content distributors and will make it possible for fans of classic TV shows to find our series in both physical and digital form, more easily than ever before.”
For anyone who grew up watching TV in the 1970s, 80s or 90s, the name Stephen J. Cannell is synonymous with exciting detective series and action shows replete with heavy doses of humor and intrigue and characterized by tight narratives with close-ended plots. He was a rare breed of creative entrepreneur, a prolific writer who leveraged his track record as a TV hitmaker into the foundation of a thriving independent studio in the 1980s and ’90s. Remarkably, during his 30 years in TV, Cannell created or co-created more than 40 series, penned more than 450 episodes and produced more 1,500 episodes of television. Cannell was feted in 2006 with the Paddy Chayefsky Award from the Writers Guild of America from whom he’d earned a lifetime achievement award in 2005, and the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award from NATPE in 2007.
“Stephen Cannell was both an entrepreneur and visionary who almost single-handedly created the modern television, writer-centric business model,” said Mark Kashden, SVP Acquisitions at Cinedigm. “We are honored to be entering a distribution deal with Stephen J. Cannell Productions, the latest example of Cinedigm’s aggressive acquisition strategy to bolster their already huge library of over 52,000 films and TV episodes”.
The deal with Stephen J. Cannell Productions was negotiated by Kashden.
Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. The company’s library of over 52,000 films and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, WWE, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.
Additionally, given Cinedigm’s infrastructure, technology, content and distribution expertise, the company has rapidly become a leader in the quickly evolving over-the-top digital network business. Cinedigm’s first channel, DOCURAMA, launched in May 2014, and is currently available on over 165 million consumer devices including Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms currently being rolled out. Earlier this year, Cinedigm also announced plans for a Comic Con branded channel, in partnership with WIZARD WORLD, for launch in Q4 2014. The Company recently announced its third OTT channel via a partnership with The Dove Foundation. DOVE MOVIE CHANNEL will be a digital streaming subscription service targeted to families and kids seeking high quality and family friendly content approved by Dove.
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