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Russell Microcap Index component
Founded2000; 21 years ago (2000)
FoundersBud Mayo
Key people
Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO
Gary Loffredo, President
Erick Opeka, Chief Strategy Officer
ProductsMotion Pictures, Entertainment, Video on demand, Digital distribution, Film distribution
DivisionsCinedigm Corp.
Cinedigm Entertainment Group
The Dove Channel
The Film Detective
Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment
SD Entertainment
Shout! Factory (Minority stake)

Cinedigm Corp. is an American entertainment company headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Cinedigm's businesses encompass digital cinema, streaming channels, content marketing, and distribution.[1][2]


Cinedigm Corp was founded in 2000 under the name Access IT Digital Media, Inc., through a group led by Bud Mayo. Mayo directed Cinedigm until his retirement in 2010, and subsequently founded Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. In September 2013, the company changed its name to Cinedigm Corp.[3] In January 2011, Chris McGurk became the new Chairman and CEO.[4]

In July 2011, Cinedigm sold its physical and electronic distribution business to Technicolor to acquire certain assets of Cinedigm's physical and electronic distribution business, which also included the global licensing of the Cinedigm digital distribution software platform.[5] In August 2011, Screenvision then acquired UniqueScreen Media, Inc. (USM), the cinema advertising division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. Additionally, the companies entered into a long-term agreement, with Cinedigm providing distribution and promotion for Screenvision.[6] In April 2012, Cinedigm acquired distributor company New Video.[7]

In October 2013, the company acquired Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, which resulted in Cinedigm becoming the largest digital and physical distributor of independent content.[8] In 2014, Jeffrey Edell joined as CFO.[9] The company is traded on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol CIDM.[10]

In December 2017, control of Cinedigm was given to Bison Capital of Hong Kong to start one of the first China-U.S Studios.[11]

Video on Demand

In May 2014, Cinedigm established Docurama, an OTT documentary channel,[12][13][14][15][16][17] showing full-length and short-form documentaries, non-fiction TV programming, behind-the-scenes interviews, as well as curated film festival coverage.[18][19]

In February 2015, Cinedigm and Wizard World created CONtv, a fandom-focused digital streaming network.[20] CONtv has licensed content from distributors including Starz Digital Media, RLJ Entertainment, DHX Media, The Jim Henson Company, Full Moon Films, Sentai Filmworks, Well Go USA, and Zodiak Media.[21] Later in June, Cinedigm would acquire a minority stake in Shout! Factory.[22]

In September 2015, Cinedigm partnered with The Dove Foundation to create The Dove Channel, an online streaming service focusing on kids and faith-based programming.[23]

On February 5, 2019, Cinedigm acquired streaming service Viewster and its Viewster Anime subsidiary.[24] Viewster would eventually merge with CONtv and rebrand as CONtv Anime on June 13, 2020.[25][26][27]

In April 2019, Cinedigm licensed content from Chinese firms CCTV, China Lion, Starrise Media and Youku, in order to launch an entertainment and film channel called Bambu; the service would launch on October 22, 2019.[28][29][30][31]

In 2020, Cinedigm acquired The Film Detective.[32]

In August 2021, Cinedigm announced a partnership with Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network to relaunch the former cable and satellite channel as a streaming service.[33][34][35]


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  2. ^ "Cinedigm Set to Become Top Theatrical Home Video Distributor". 17 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  3. ^ "Bud Mayo". Opportunist Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  4. ^ "Cinedigm Digital Cinema Names Chris McGurk Chairman and CEO". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  5. ^ "Technicolor Acquiring Cinedigm's Digital Cinema Delivery Assets". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  6. ^ "Cinedigm sells cinema ad unit to Screenvision". BusinessWeek. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  7. ^ Lieberman, David (20 April 2012). "Cinedigm Agrees To Buy New Video Group". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  8. ^ "Cinedigm Stock Soars After It Acquires Gaiam Vivendi | Filmmakers, Film Industry, Film Festivals, Awards & Movie Reviews". Indiewire. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  9. ^ Block, Alex Ben (June 9, 2014). "Jeffrey Edell Joins Cinedigm as CFO".
  10. ^ "Cinedigm, Wizard World to Create Digital Channel | Los Angeles Business Journal".
  11. ^ Spangler, Todd (June 29, 2017). "Cinedigm Sells Majority Ownership Stake to Hong Kong's Bison Capital in $40 Million Deal".
  12. ^ "Docurama Releases iPad and iPhone App". Market Watch. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  13. ^ "Flush with New Cash Historically Film Focused Cinedigm Cut to Streaming Future". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  14. ^ "Cinedigm Launches Theater Series". Hollywood Reporter. April 2013. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  15. ^ "Cinedigm Launches Docurama". The Video Ink. Archived from the original on 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  16. ^ "Docurama Streams Free On-Demand Documentaries". CNET. Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  17. ^ "Cinedigm's Documentary Arm Announces Brand Expansion and Streaming App". Deadline. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  18. ^ Cieply, Michael (5 May 2014). "Documentary Channel Aims at Underserved Audience". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  19. ^ "Catching Up with Susan Margolin on Docurama". 4 June 2014. Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  20. ^ "CONtv Announces Film and Television Programming". Retrieved 2015-02-05.
  21. ^ "Cinedigm Signs 12 Picture Deal". Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
  22. ^ Lang, Brent (June 25, 2015). "Cinedigm Takes Minority Position in Shout! Factory". Variety.
  23. ^ Todd, Spangler (16 September 2015). "Cinedigm Launches Dove Channel SVOD Service That Strips Out Sex, Drugs and Violence". Variety. Variety Media. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
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  29. ^ "Bambu – Media Play News".
  30. ^ Corp, Cinedigm Digital Cinema (October 22, 2019). "Cinedigm's Chinese Entertainment Channel BAMBU Launches Today on CONtv". GlobeNewswire News Room.
  31. ^ "Bambu set for OTT distribution on Future Today | VOD | News | Rapid TV News".
  32. ^ McNary, Dave (2020-10-19). "Cinedigm Buys Vintage Network The Film Detective". Variety. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  33. ^ Faughnder, Ryan (6 August 2021). "Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network to revive through streaming after going dark". LA Times. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
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