Unreleased Indie Films To Get Vod Exposure
Independent filmmakers who have been unable to find a distributor for their productions -- and that includes the majority of them -- are about to get a boost from the Sundance Channel, which New York-based Cablevision acquired last year from Robert Redford and partners NBC and CBS. Today's (Monday) Los Angeles Times reported that the channel plans to launch a video-on-demand service called Sundance Selects that will offer about 50 mostly unreleased movies a year. Joshua Sapan, president and CEO of Sundance parent Rainbow Media, told the newspaper that he believes that Sundance Select "will democratize and emancipate independent film. ... The market is hardly efficient. It is increasingly becoming a system in service of blockbusters."