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Sundance: GoDigital & Variance Films Merging, Re-Branding As Amplify

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 12:59pm PST

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 that will kick off its acquisitions business at the Sundance Film Festival that starts tomorrow. GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey will be CEO of the venture, which plans 7-10 films a year. GoDigital and Variance will also continue as separate brands. Here’s the release:

godigital-media-group-logoNew York, NY (January 14, 2014) – GoDigital, Inc. and Variance Films are merging and will rebrand as Amplify, a new all-rights film distribution company, it was announced today by GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey and Variance Films President Dylan Marchetti.

Marchetti will serve as Amplify’s Executive Vice President of Theatrical Distribution & Marketing and will join Kent Variance logoSanderson in Amplify’s New York City office. Sanderson was recently brought on to serve as Executive Vice President of Distribution & Merchandising from Focus Features. Mulvey will function as Amplify’s CEO, overseeing operations and administration, and will work directly with Marchetti and Sanderson to lead the merged company.

Amplify plans to release seven to ten films per year across all platforms, with an emphasis on matching quality films with the proper release strategy on a film-by-film basis, whether that be a day

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GoDigital Snares Former Focus Features Exec Kent Sanderson For EVP Post

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 12:59pm PST

ks-headshot1As 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 godigitalupcoming 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.
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Tribeca: GoDigital Picks Up ‘The Motivation’ Doc VOD Rights

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 1:12pm PDT

A documentary about skateboarding’s best has a new home online and on video on demand before its Tribeca Fim Festival debut later this week. GoDigital announced today that they have picked up the North American digital and VOD rights to The Motivation. The Adam Bhala Lough-directed film will have its world premiere on April 26 at Tribeca. GoDigital will make the documentary about eight of the world’s top pro skateboarders as they prepare for the prestigious Street League Championship available on digital and cable VOD in August. “I’ve been following Adam’s work since his first feature, Bomb the System. He’s a visionary filmmaker and we are thrilled to be working with him to bring The Motivation to action sports fans, and ultimately, audiences everywhere,” said GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey today in a statement. Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films and GoDigital’s Chief Content Officer Jason Beck negotiated the sale. The Motivation will have a limited theatrical release and play other festivals after its Tribeca debut.

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SXSW: GoDigital Acquires ‘The Punk Syndrome’, Fandango Debuts Fanticipation

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 1:30am PST

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 bandSXSW deal 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.
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GoDigital To Handle Digital Distribution For 108 Media Pics

By | Wednesday October 31, 2012 @ 1:00pm PDT

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 partnership with Mark Urman’s Paladin, and rollouts will include traditional releases as well as day-and-date theatrical and VOD. 108 Media’s  slate includes Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children; Michel Gondry’s latest film The We And The I; the Sundance and Berlin prize-winning drama My Brother The Devil; the comic fable And Now A Word From Our Sponsor starring Parker Posey and Bruce Greenwood; Myn Bala: Warriors Of The Steppe, Kazakhstan’s entry for this year’s foreign-language Oscar race; documentaries Buffalo Girls about child boxing in Thailand and Daniland, about amateur pornographer DanLeal; and the animated film Leafie, a Korean pic that 108 is re-voicing into English for its North American release.

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Toronto: GoDigital Nabs Doc ‘Sons Of The Clouds: The Last Colony’

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 1:30pm PDT

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.

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Preferred Ventures Invests In GoDigital

By | Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 4:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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 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.

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‘Big Fix’ Doc Gets June 19 DVD & Digital Release

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT

The Big Fix is getting a big June 19 release day. That’s the day the Green Planets Productions documentary will be coming out on both DVD and digital via Lionsgate and digital distributor GoDigital. Josh and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, who made the award winning 2008 documentary Fuel, directed and produced The Big Fix. The film was the only Official Selection Documentary of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The Big Fix  details the 2010 sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the resulting oil spill and the environmental and political aftermath. The Big Fix’s executive producers are Tim Robbins, Maggie Wachsberger and Peter Fonda, who narrates the film. Associate producer Jason Mraz contributed the new song “Collapsible Plans,” to the film.

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Bad Ass’, ‘Falling Away’, ‘Late Bloomers’, ‘Unraveled’

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 6:19pm PDT

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.

Bad Ass
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. Read More »

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GoDigital Acquires Katherine Heigl Pic Called ‘Lowest Grossing Film Ever” With $30 Gross

By | Tuesday April 10, 2012 @ 12:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

GoDigital has acquired the U.S. digital rights to the indie thriller Zyzzyx Road, which stars Katherine Heigl, Tom Sizemore and Leo Grillo. The purchaser is embracing the fact that the film has been called the lowest grossing film of all time, after it was shown for seven days at a small theater in Dallas, Texas to fulfill the U.S. release obligation required by the Screen Actors Guild for low-budget films. Total gross? $30.

“The film’s DVD run in the worldwide market has been successful, and we are excited to finally move into US households. We know a lot of consumers are out there waiting, and pairing up with GoDigital on this was an easy decision,” said Grillo, who’s executive producer.

“We love the story behind this film and are thrilled to be part of what we believe will be a happy ending, I am confident it will make us more than $30,” added GoDigital Director of Marketing, Barry Daffurn, with a smile. Good thing digital releases don’t require PR participation of the film’s stars the way theatrical releases do, it doesn’t stand to reason that Heigl would embrace this film’s notorious claim to box office infamy.

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GoDigital Picks Up Rights to ‘You, Me & The Circus’

By | Wednesday February 29, 2012 @ 2:11pm PST

The deal with GoDigital includes North American VOD and digital distribution rights for the film starring Anita Briem (The Tudors), Melonie Diaz (Hamlet 2) and Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie) and directed by Ty Hodges. Produced by Omar Epps (Scream 2), You, Me & The Circus centers around four young Angelenos who are simultaneously dealing with the verge of a break-up and the spark of a fresh romance. Mulvey and Premjit Panicker of Panicker Law negotiated on behalf of GoDigital with ICM and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content working on behalf of the filmmakers. The film will initially be released on cable and broadband VOD in early Summer 2012. Omar Epps is represented by ICM, Anonymous Content and attorney Steve Warren. GoDigital has distributed over 300 films through their output arrangement with Lionsgate Home Entertainment and other companies.

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GoDigital Nabs U.S. Rights To Hundreds Of Spanish-Language Titles

By | Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 3:04pm PST

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 Latin Anywhere’s Spanish-language film library of 1,000 titles. The pact includes U.S. digital and VOD rights to 600 films and worldwide rights to over 200 films. One of the largest Spanish-language film libraries in the United States, the deal is the first to allow Latin Anywhere’s film library to be available for digital release. In related news, GoDigital also picked up the VOD rights to the independent, romantic comedy Nesting which is set to be released in spring of 2012. PMK/BNC Films will be handling the theatrical distribution. John Chuldenko wrote and directed the film with Dangertrain Films producing. Founded in 2008 GoDigital has distributed over 300 films through its output arrangement with Lionsgate in addition to other outlets including iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Playstation, Xbox, Vudu, Dish, inDemand and TVN. The majority of film’s included in today’s deal with Latin Anywhere are comedies, action/adventure, drama and Mexican rodeo.

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GoDigital Pacts With Indie Distributor Adopt Films

By | Wednesday January 18, 2012 @ 10:42am PST

LOS ANGELES– (January 17, 2012) GoDigital announced today a digital distribution deal with New York-based independent distributor Adopt Films. Beginning with Marie Losier’s award-winning THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, opening theatrically on March 8th, GoDigital will exploit all Video-On-Demand and Electronic Sell-Thru rights for Adopt’s films. Adopt anticipates releasing six-to-eight films per year and recently acquired NUIT #1, the dazzling directorial debut of Anne Emonds which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. GoDigital’s Andy Bohn and Adopt co-managing executive Jeff Lipsky negotiated the distribution pact.

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Digital Distributor GoDigital Acquires Rival Might Entertainment

By | Tuesday January 10, 2012 @ 9:09am PST

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 founder and former CEO, Experian Interactive Ed Ojdana, to acquire key digital rights to the 700-plus title Kino/Lorber library.

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