Cinedigm Selling Horror-Based ‘Bloody Disgusting’ NFT Trading Cards

Cinedigm Oct. 26 announced it would be releasing a series of NFT-based trading cards branded as “Bloody Disgusting Blood Packs.” Los Angeles-based Cinedigm is partnering with Dark Arts Emporium to commission horror artists Luke Chueh, Chet Zar, Rick Dienzo, Wes Benscoter, Jeremy Cross and Jim Evans (also known as T.A.Z.) to create original paintings based on their favorite death scenes from horror movies.

The first 13 cards, which will utilize a distinctive horror and gore aesthetic, constitute the Gallery Edition of the “Kill Scenes” series. In celebration of Halloween, for the 6 Nights, 6 Hours and 6 minutes prior to Oct. 31 night, the collectible NFTs will be sold on an online auction.

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The Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) movement has seen an increase in media interest. The tokens are unique digital files that are stored on the Ethereum blockchain, which allows the verification, ownership and provenance of these digital files to third parties.

Cinedigm is also offering new subscribers to the subscription-based service Screambox a trading card from the Standard Edition series. New subs will receive one art-based NFT collectible trading card that has been specifically designed to generate a limited number of random unique variations.

New subscribers to Screambox during the Halloween promotion receive a URL for the NFT marketplace where they will be able to redeem their card.

“The acquisition of Bloody Disgusting and Screambox has placed us in a unique position to enter the market for horror-based entertainment as well as horror collectibles,” Tony Huidor, chief technology & product officer at Cinedigm, said in a statement.

Huidor said the Bloody Disgusting trading cards represents Cinedigm’s first step in exploiting the distributor’s brands and expanding its business monetization via new technology.

“Being a horror fan goes hand in hand with collecting,” added Tom Owen, co-founder of Bloody Disgusting. “We’re rabid collectors of all things horror, and NFTs are an exciting new space with endless possibilities.”

Cinedigm Re-Launches Horror Streaming Site Screambox

Cinedigm Oct. 14 announced it has re-launched the subscription-based streaming service Screambox, featuring a new look and branding. As part of the relaunch, the distributor has migrated the channel from the former Vimeo platform to Cinedigm’s proprietary Matchpoint Blueprint framework.

Cindedigm says the movie will enable it to expand the channel’s catalog of film and episodic titles more quickly and efficiently, providing the opportunity to significantly scale programming. In addition, the updated app will give horror enthusiasts the ability to stream both linear and live events. This much broader selection of content from the Company’s catalog of horror titles will allow viewers to stream and scream to their heart’s content.

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“The acquisition of Screambox allows us to leverage our proprietary technology to better manage and operate the channel at scale,” Tony Huidor, chief technology and product officer, said in a statement. “With the addition of Screambox to our channel portfolio along with our growing investments in the horror genre, we have an opportunity to reach a loyal fanbase of horror fans and solidify our position as a leader in the horror genre within the OTT space.”

The re-launch comes on the heels of Cinedigm’s recent acquisition of Bloody Disgusting, a name that has become synonymous with the horror genre itself covering film, television and more. As part of the acquisition, the Bloody Disgusting management team will oversee the Screambox subscription-based service going forward. This includes leaning into their long-standing reputation as tastemakers in the genre to curate content within the streaming channel. As an additional added value, the ad-supported Bloody Disgusting TV channel will also be featured within the new Screambox.

The Bloody Disgusting reaches more than 30 million unique horror fans annually across its website, podcast network, app and various social footprints.

Cinedigm also continues to acquire new original content to bolster the channel’s catalog of exclusives and digital premieres. Knifecorp, starring horror icon Kane Hodder, slashed its way into homes this past September as a Screambox exclusive. The eight-part original series “The Island” will transport audiences to a disease-ridden island off the coast of Europe this October. Cinedigm also recently acquired Brain Freeze, the zom-com favorite that opened this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Its premiere on Aug. 13 made it one of the channel’s most-watched films.

Cinedigm Acquires ‘Bloody Disgusting’ Horror Streaming Platform

Cinedigm Sept. 21 announced the acquisition of Bloody Disgusting, an online platform catering to horror movies and related TV and video game content. The move follows the Los Angeles-based distributor’s acquisition of the Screambox subscription-based streaming service earlier this year. As part of the acquisition, the Bloody Disgusting team will be managing Screambox going forward.

Launched in 2001 reviewing movies and TV shows, the Bloody Disgusting brand reaches more than 30 million unique horror fans annually across its website, the Bloody Disgusting podcast network, app and related social media footprint. In 2011, Bloody Disgusting branched out into original productions, creating the “V/H/S” movie franchise.

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Last year, Cinedigm partnered with Bloody Disgusting TV, a free ad-supported streaming channel specializing in genre movie classics such The CollectorThe Hills Have Eyes and The Re-Animator, among others.

“The acquisition of Bloody Disgusting shows Cinedigm’s commitment to the horror genre,” Erick Opeka, chief strategy officer at Cinedigm, said in a statement. “The brand and the site are so much more than streaming; it’s a respected brand within the horror community. In the years to come, we hope the site and streaming channel are not considered just a great source for horror content but the source for horror content.”

Separately, Cinedigm is launching original series “The Island,” an eight-episode series that centers around a remote island in the North Sea that falls victim to a merciless and mysterious virus. Cinedigm also recently acquired Brain Freeze, the zombie movie that opened this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. In addition, Cinedigm will premiere feature film Not Alone exclusively on their streaming channels in October. The film, which was selected to play at Cannes International Independent Film Festival, stars Pat Healy (Draft Day, The Post) and Sarah Schroeder-Matzkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Bloodshot).

“Cinedigm’s vision for digital expansion is what makes me confident that they are the right company to join to help bring the vision of Bloody Disgusting into the new streaming generation,” said Brad Miska, who co-founded Bloody Disgusting. Tom Owen, Co-founder, adds: “Working with Cinedigm has made it clear that they share our passion for the genre. Their acquisition of Screambox, in addition to our work together bringing Bloody Disgusting TV to life, has allowed me to witness the forward-thinking passion they infuse into all of their endeavors. We’re excited to mobilize the Bloody Disgusting team to execute against the larger opportunities in the horror vertical.”

Cinedigm Partners With Bloody Disgusting for Ad-Supported Horror Streaming Network

Cinedigm and horror Web brand Bloody Disgusting have partnered to launch a new AVOD and ad-supported linear horror streaming network set to premiere in time for the Halloween season.

The network will offer a free source for horror content, targeting genre enthusiasts and casual viewers alike, according to a press release.

Featuring a mix of horror classics, contemporary cult favorites, and original programming, the channel will “reflect the programming and curatorial sensibilities” of Bloody Disgusting and the technology and distribution capabilities of Cinedigm, according to the release. Cinedigm will push the channel to more than 60 partners globally, which includes distribution partners such as Vizio, Samsung, Xumo and Tubi.

Horror is one of the most popular entertainment genres worldwide, representing over 9% of all film and entertainment spending and generating more than $1.2B in global ticket sales in 2019, according to the release.

“Despite a huge, mainstream fanbase, there is no dedicated ad-supported horror network on either basic cable or via linear OTT distribution,” according to the release. “Bloody Disgusting’s launch will fill an important void for operators in this popular genre.”

For nearly 20 years, Bloody Disgusting has been a destination for horror aficionados with an audience of more than 20 million dedicated fans seeking coverage of all things horror. The Chicago-based media company produces a namesake website and mobile app, and also produces the weekly show on YouTube “This Week in Horror” with a social footprint of more than 2 million engaged fans. Bloody Disgusting has also both produced and distributed films in the horror genre, including the Sundance Film Festival films V/H/S, V/H/S/2 and The Woman, as well as the TIFF Midnight Madness film Southbound.

The Bloody Disgusting channel will celebrate horror alongside feature presentations of their original films. New programming from Jon Grilz’ “Creepy,” “Bloody Disgusting’s Boo Crew,” “SCP Archives,” “Horror Queers” and “This Week in Horror” will also debut on the network this October with special trick-or-treat events planned for Halloween.

Cinedigm will also provide content from its catalog, which includes horror titles such as The Collector, Psycho, White Zombie and “Tales from the Crypt” and foreign favorites such as Destroy All Monsters, World of Kanako and Tenebrae.

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Bloody Disgusting has had more than 1.6 million downloads over the last 30 days, according to the release. Its podcasts regularly chart in the top 20 in their respective categories (Fiction, Film Review, and Film Interview). “Creepy” charts in the top five in fiction and is in the top 20 of all podcasts during the Halloween season. Both current and new podcasts will be made available in the consumer iOS and Android apps in addition to film and television programming. The company further expects to include additional mixed media content, including eBooks, comics and other content in the near future.

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“We are excited to bring our slate of original programming and network of podcasts to new audiences through this partnership. Cinedigm is the perfect partner to help bring this network to market,” said Tom Owen, president of Bloody Disgusting, in a statement.

“For nearly 20 years, Bloody Disgusting has been a leading tastemaker and the top media destination for the massive global horror fanbase,” Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks, said in a statement. “Our goal is to partner with the market leader when we launch new channels, and in the horror genre, there is no better partner than Bloody Disgusting. We are excited to scare the hell out of the world together.”