[Marxism] Fwd: New SVOD Streaming Platform OVID.TV

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 18 11:40:32 MST 2019


This is huge.


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Subject: 	New SVOD Streaming Platform OVID.TV
Date: 	Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:06:51 +0000
From: 	Icarus Films <priscilla at icarusfilms.com>
Reply-To: 	Icarus Films <priscilla at icarusfilms.com>
To: 	lnp3 at panix.com



New SVOD Streaming Platform OVID.TV
ANNOUNCING A POWERHOUSE NEW SVOD STREAMING PLATFORM OVID.TV Planned 
launch in March, 2019
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*OVID.tv*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Kelly Hargraves
kellyhargraves at gmail.com/323-493-1548


     ANNOUNCING A POWERHOUSE NEW SVOD STREAMING PLATFORM OVID.TV
     Planned launch in March, 2019

(New York, January 17, 2019)  Jonathan Miller, of Icarus Films, 
announced today an unprecedented collaborative effort between six of the 
most noteworthy independent film distributors in the U.S., each 
respected for the depth of their industry experience and the vitality of 
their collections. Together, they are supporting the launch of 
*OVID.TV*, an innovative new video-on-demand subscription service 
drawing from the catalogs of these leading content providers of quality 
arthouse, documentary, and social issue films.

The six founding content partners are *Bullfrog Films, Distrib Films US, 
First Run Features, Grasshopper Film, Icarus Films*, and *KimStim* 
(details below), with more companies expected to join soon.

This partnership will result in a powerhouse SVOD platform designed to 
provide North American viewers with access to thousands of mostly 
un-streamable documentaries, independent films, and notable works of 
international cinema.

Jonathan Miller, who will act as director of *OVID* states, /“The time 
for this kind of partnership is now, as the streaming giants focus on 
generating fast-turnaround new content, this coalition will offer new 
access to high-quality catalogs found nowhere else, featuring some of 
the most celebrated filmmakers and films in the canon.”/

When launched, *OVID.TV* will feature hundreds of documentary films not 
available on existing services. Its initial offerings will fall into two 
categories: powerful films addressing the urgent social issues of 
climate change, and economic justice, and in-depth selections of 
creative documentaries by Chantal Akerman, Michael Apted, Nikolaus 
Geyrhalter, Patricio Guzman, Heddy Honigmann, Chris Marker, Ross 
McElwee, Bill Morrison, Raoul Peck, Jean Rouch, Wang Bing, and Travis 
Wilkerson, among many others.

In the summer of 2019, *OVID* will add hundreds of arthouse feature 
films, including those directed by Bi Gan, Pedro Costa, Claire Denis, 
Bruno Dumont, Cheryl Dunye, Philippe Garrel, Nikita Mikhalkov, Eric 
Rohmer, Raul Ruiz, Dominga Sotomayor, Jean-Marie Straub and Danielle 
Huillet. Additional titles, most not available elsewhere, will be added 
monthly in curated collections that include both documentaries and 
narrative fiction.

*OVID* is an initiative of Docuseek, LLC, which operates Docuseek 
(www.docuseek.com), an online SVOD streaming service for colleges and 
universities that was established in 2012, and currently makes available 
a library of over 1500 titles. John Hoskyns-Abrahall, director of 
Docuseek, remarks, /“Docuseek now has six years’ experience developing 
and operating its platform—growing a customer base, building solid 
relationships with distributors—and we are profitable. We are strongly 
positioned, together with our content partners, to step forward and 
build on what we’ve accomplished so far.” /

THE SIX FOUNDING CONTENT PARTNERS OF *OVID.TV* ARE:

*BULLFROG FILMS*
The leading U.S. publisher of independently produced documentaries on 
environmental and related social justice issues, in business for more 
than 45 years, it currently distributes over 750 titles. 
www.bullfrogfilms.com 
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*DISTRIB FILMS US*
An independent distributor of international feature films, Distrib Films 
US is known for its strong collection of French and Italian fiction 
feature films. www.distribfilmsus.com 
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*FIRST RUN FEATURES*
Founded in 1979 by a group of filmmakers to advance the distribution of 
independent film, First Run has been honored with a major retrospective 
at the Museum of Modern Art for its significant contributions. 
www.firstrunfeatures.com 
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*GRASSHOPPER FILM*
A distribution company founded in 2015 by Ryan Krivoshey, dedicated to 
the release of independent, foreign, and documentary film. 
www.grasshopperfilm.com 
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*ICARUS FILMS*
A leading distributor of documentary films in North America, with a 
collection exceeding 1000 titles. It recently celebrated its 40th 
anniversary. www.icarusfilms.com 
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*KIMSTIM*
A distribution company dedicated to the release of exceptional 
independent, foreign, and documentary film. www.kimstim.com 
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THE FOUNDING EQUITY PARTNER IS DOCUSEEK:
*Docuseek*, LLC, operates Docuseek.com, an SVOD streaming platform for 
colleges and universities. Founded in 2012, it currently has a 
collection of over 1500 titles. Docuseek was established and is owned by 
Bullfrog Films and Icarus Films. www.docuseek.com 
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For more information contact
Kelly Hargraves
323-493-1548
kellyhargraves at gmail.com

The principals and partners are available for interviews.

*Follow OVID on social media
to keep up with the latest news.*

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