Cinedigm is partnering with online entertainment marketplace Exeest to power a fully integrated film submission platform for Fandor and its portfolio of channels. The advanced platform will use Exeest's exclusive technology to streamline the film submission process for independent filmmakers, provide the Fandor programming team a state-of-the-art way to solicit, ingest, screen and evaluate film content suitable for its audience.
Through a direct integration with Cinedigm's proprietary distribution platform, Matchpoint, the combined platform will expand the exposure and reach of independent filmmakers by making their content more easily and efficiently discoverable while enabling monetization across Cinedigm's wide network of over-the-top distribution partners. Independent to major, global filmmakers will have the ability to participate in the booming OTT business and reach audiences and platforms that have increasingly become relegated only to Hollywood's major studios and media conglomerates.
Cinedigm acquired Fandor earlier this year. With its global library of more than 4,600 film titles from more than 400 global and diverse film companies, Fandor has seen rapid subscriber growth since being acquired by Cinedigm fueled by the service's continuously expanding library of top-tier independent films, documentaries, and international titles.
Also earlier this year, Exeest launched its data-driven, streaming service-like platform to modernize the search, discovery, acquisition and selling of premium content.
With this partnership, independent filmmakers worldwide will have the opportunity to submit their films to Fandor for consideration. Once selected by Fandor, they will automatically receive access to Exeest's cloud native sales asset management system and will be evaluated for entry into Exeest's business-to-business streaming marketplace which facilitates worldwide distribution. Fandor's content submission and evaluation process will be powered by Exeest's patent-pending exclusive content distribution technology.
"Cinedigm continues to embrace new technology as part of our goal to exceed the needs of our content partners as well as to provide the best user experience to our audiences," said Tony Huidor, Cinedigm's chief technology & product officer. "It is exciting to partner with an innovative partner like Exeest who shares our vision of the future of digital filmed entertainment that provides a path forward for independent filmmakers."
"We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Cinedigm and to utilize Exeest's technology to advance and meet the needs of global filmmakers on Fandor," said Matteo Petrelli, Exeest's co-founder. "Our technology will increase the discovery and exposure of Fandor content across distribution platforms and with global buyers."
"The partnership between Cinedigm and Exeest highlights our plans to implement new state-of-the-art entertainment technology as part of Fandor's next chapter," said Phil Hopkins, president of Fandor. "As part of the Fandor relaunch, providing a streamlined film submission process furthers our mission to encourage independent filmmakers from all over the world to find a home for their work on our Fandor service."