Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

Positively different. Debuting tomorrow (Tuesday, 9/15), the joint venture between The Dove Foundation and Cinedigm is a direct-to-consumer over-the-top (OTT) digital network for families and kids seeking quality family-friendly content.

Dove Channel will feature newly acquired and original programming, as well as offerings from Cinedigm’s vast library of family and faith-friendly content.

Talking about the service’s slate of streamed programming, Dove Channel CEO Dick Rolfe says “We know families everywhere are hungry for Dove-approved content and we are thrilled to be offering such a robust curated selection on this channel…and, in keeping with our promise to deliver a wide array of faith and family-friendly entertainment choices, our initial list is expansive in its scope and diverse in its subject matter.”

Cinedigm Entertainment Group President Bill Sondheim notes that “The Cinedigm team has a long and successful track record acquiring quality family and faith content that has inspired and influenced tens of millions of consumers. He adds “We have entered an exciting new era where audiences have easy access to numerous programming options and we are confident that our platform and robust content offering with Dove’s rigorous rating system will be extremely beneficial to this deserving audience.”

In addition to a vast library of movies, the channel will carry several family-oriented TV series (i.e. Highway to Heaven, Swiss Family Robinson and The Adventures of Black Beauty) and kids shows (i.e. Veggie Tales, Fraggle Rock and Davey & Goliath).

The Dove Foundation is known for its ratings system, which has the participation of all major studios and hundreds of independent distributors and producers. Dove’s research has shown that its endorsed films are three times more profitable than non-endorsed films. All content released on the channel will meet the stringent guidelines of the Dove Seal in order to be programmed on the Dove Channel.

Cinedigm is a leader in the quickly evolving digital entertainment ecosystem as it leverages its infrastructure, technology, content and distribution expertise in launching a series of branded digital channels. Cinedigm’s first channel, DOCURAMA, launched in May 2014, and currently offers over 800 documentaries in an AVOD format. Cinedigm launched CONtv, a Comic Con-branded channel in partnership with WIZARD WORLD, on March 3, 2015. Adding to Cinedigm’s diversified portfolio of digital networks, in early 2015 the Company announced an OTT partnership with TV4 Entertainment and the planned launch of the BRIGHT edu-tainment OTT channel.

Note: Tomorrow I’ll be posting an interview with Dove Foundation President and Co-Founder Dick Rolfe.

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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