GoDigital hired ex-Focus Features exec Kent Sanderson at the beginning of the year as EVP Theatrical Distribution & Merchandising and now has a new role for him: teaming with Variance Films president Dylan Marchetti to help run Amplify, a new all-rights film distributor based in NY …
As EVP of Distribution & Merchandising, Kent Sanderson will have oversight of the company’s cable, satellite and digital platform relationships as well as manage content windowing and marketing opportunities with the various digital retailers. He’ll also be handling acquisitions for the company at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The company announced his appointment today. He will report to GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey.
Sanderson joins GoDigital following the recent shakeup at Focus, with the exit of James Schamus and Peter Schlessel taking over the reins of the film label. At Focus, Sanderson most recently served as Director, Alternative Content & Distribution. His credits include Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks, and Sundance pics The Lifeguard and C.O.G. He also worked on the campaigns for The World’s End, The Place Beyond The Pines, and Moonrise Kingdom.
The SXSW Film Festival officially begins Friday, but early deals were brewing ahead of the festivities. Digital distribution specialist GoDigital has nabbed North American rights to The Punk Syndrome, a docu about a Finnish band comprised of four mentally handicapped musicians that makes its stateside debut Tuesday in Austin. (Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät will play a live show at SXSW on March 15.) “This is a documentary unlike any we’ve seen, telling a story unlike anything we’ve heard”, said GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey of director Jukka Kärkkainen’s pic, which will hit VOD and digital distribution this summer.
Digital distribution outfit GoDigital has pacted with 108 Media in a deal that will see GoDigital distribute eight films acquired by the Toronto-based distribution and foreign sales company. Each film will see a theatrical release through 108 Media’s …
September 5, 2012– It was announced today that leading digital distribution company GoDigital has picked up the rights to the acclaimed documentary Sons of The Clouds: The Last Colony. Produced by Academy Award®-winning actor Javier Bardem, Alvaro Longoria and Lilly Hartley, the documentary, directed by Longoria of Morena Films, will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13th in the prestigious Mavericks section.
Los Angeles, August 2, 2012 – GoDigital founder and CEO Logan Mulvey announced today an investment from Preferred Ventures, the digital media venture fund launched late last year by FreeCreditReport.com Founder and former Experian Interactive CEO Ed Ojdana and former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer and Founder of Kelly Investments Chris Kelly.
With the infusion of capital Ojdana will become Chairman of the Board. Mulvey will remain CEO and he and Kelly will join the reconfigured Board of Directors. “The financial and intellectual resources provided by Preferred Ventures will fuel our growth as digital distribution continues to evolve. There could be no better moment to secure this influx of capital.”, said Mulvey. “Ed and Chris have proven themselves as successful entrepreneurs and I am eager to build a toptier company with their guidance and expertise.”
GoDigital‘s recent releases and acquisitions include the LAFF documentary UNRAVELED directed by Marc H. Simon about lawyer, philanthropist, and white collar criminal, Marc Dreier, the 2012 SXSW film KING KELLY and THE NEW YEAR which was an official Sundance selection.
This coming weekend’s specialty releases include Samuel Goldwyn Films’ Bad Ass, starring Danny Trejo as a Vietnam veteran who takes matters into his own hands to solve a murder, while Indican Pictures’ Falling Away takes a look at a Los Angeles inner-city neighborhood reeling from the aftermath of a devastating school bus crash. Also among Friday’s limited openers is English-language foreign film Late Bloomers starring Isabella Rossellini and William Hurt as a couple confronting their pre-retirement years with divergent results. And documentary Unraveled is a fascinating look at the gilded house arrest of Marc Dreier, a convicted ponzi mastermind who plundered over $700 million from investors, a crime that was overshadowed only by Bernard Madoff’s arrest for the largest fraud scheme in American history just days before.
Director: Craig Moss
Writers: Craig Moss, Elliot Tishman
Cast: Danny Trejo, Charles S. Dutton, Ron Perlman
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
The folks behind action-drama Bad Ass didn’t get much help in terms of resources putting their project together. One jurisdiction even withdrew promised support, which prompted the production to re-locate altogether. “We developed the film in house and financed the film from our own private equity sources without pre-sales,” producer Ash Shah told Deadline. ”It actually came together pretty quickly. The only hiccup we had was after being approved for a rebate from a state (unidentified), they turned around and decided they weren’t going to honor their approval. We had a window with Danny Trejo’s availability so we decided to shoot in LA instead.” Once in LA though, the production went “pretty straightforward,” noted Shah who added that director Craig Moss delivered a “fun and action packed movie for the Grindhouse crowd.” The film centers on a vet who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus. After his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime, he again takes matters into his own hands.
Content targeting US’s residents of Latin American origin got a second boost in as many days following yesterday’s announcement that Robert Rodriguez will help spearhead a new Latino cable network. Today, digital content distributor GoDigital said it picked up VOD, Electronic Sell-Thru, and PPV rights to a majority of …
LOS ANGELES, CA, JANUARY 10, 2012 – GoDigital, a full-service digital distribution company, announced today a recapitalization of their company concurrent with the acquisition of one of their key video-on-demand competitors, Might Entertainment.
Founded in 2008, GoDigital has built one of the industry’s leading digital distribution networks and distributed over 300 films through their direct deals with iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Playstation, Xbox, Vudu, Dish, inDemand and TVN. GoDigital’s sales, marketing and technical operations team will absorb the Might Entertainment library, its output arrangements as well as their cable, satellite, IPTV and broadband VOD distribution deal with Lionsgate. Since its inception in 2010, Might Entertainment has established itself as one of the premiere distributors of feature films through digital platforms. In the fall of 2011, Might secured financial backing from former Facebook Chief Strategic Officer Chris Kelly and FreeCreditreport.com founder and former CEO, Experian Interactive Ed Ojdana, to acquire key digital rights to the 700-plus title Kino/Lorber library.