Magnolia Catalog Added to Peacock

Independent theatrical and home entertainment distributor Magnolia Pictures April 13 announced a partnership to bring its film catalog to NCBUniversal’s Peacock streaming service.

The deal brings a curated selection of content from the Magnolia library of independent cinema to Peacock subscribers, from documentaries to award-winning genre titles. Select title are available now on Peacock.

Magnolia’s catalog includes titles such as A Royal Affair starring Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander; the music documentary We Are X; BAFTA winner I Am Not Your Negro; the horror-comedy Tucker and Dale vs Evil; and Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst.

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Xumo, Magnolia Pictures Ink Ad-Supported Streaming Video Distribution Deal

Xumo, the Comcast-owned free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) and AVOD platform, has inked a two-year with deal wih Magnolia Pictures to stream original movies from the longtime theatrical/home entertainment distributor owned by Mark Cuban Companies.

“Xumo is always looking to showcase intelligent, engaging programming to create a dynamic and unique FAST experience … and Magnolia is known for that kind of storytelling,” Anthony Layser, VP of content partnerships and programming at Xumo, said in a statement.

Xumo, which actively seeks content partnerships on its website, also has content deals with indie distributors Oscilloscope and Brainstorm Media.

Magnolia movies coming to Xumo include Italian drama Dogman, and music documentaries The Band from Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am and Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson, among others.

“Being able to expand upon our existing relationship with Xumo and usher our content onto their FAST channels enables audiences to enjoy a unique entertainment experience,” said Jeff Cuban, COO of Mark Cuban Companies Entertainment Properties. “Xumo stands as our first exclusive partner to premiere our titles on their FAST platform which further strengthens the presence of Magnolia in the streaming space and bolsters the influence of our critically acclaimed catalog.”

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Magnolia Pictures’ AVOD Service CineLife Headed to Plex

Home entertainment distributor Magnolia Pictures Nov. 8 announced it is expanding access to branded ad-supported VOD service CineLife to the Plex platform. Available through the Plex app and AVOD platform, programming includes independent films and documentaries from Magnolia’s catalog.

Available on virtually every platform, including iOS and Android devices, Plex aims to offer users easier access to indie movies and docs.

With the arrival of CineLife, Plex users will have access to horror movie Let the Right One In; space drama Europa Report; horror anthology V/H/S; psychological horror film Shrooms; and the sci-fi action-adventure starring Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman, Mutant Chronicles. Additional streaming titles include All Good Things, Man on Wire, Melancholia, Mother and The Hunt, among others.

Plex can stream across just about any phone, tablet, smart TV, gaming console and PC, in addition to streaming devices Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and on iOS and Android.

Magnolia’s Streaming Service Celebrates Pride, Juneteenth

Magnolia Selects, the streaming platform from Magnolia Pictures, has announced that it will highlight select titles this month in celebration of Pride month and Juneteenth.

Selections range from the groundbreaking Tangerine to the BAFTA award-winning and Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro to Night Catches Us and Whose Streets?.

Tangerine is a 2015 dramedy, directed by Sean Baker and written by Baker and Chris Bergoch, about a transgender sex worker who discovers her boyfriend and pimp has been cheating on her. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and enjoyed a limited theatrical release from Magnolia Pictures.

I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary directed by Raoul Peck and based on acclaimed Black author James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. The film, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, documents the history of racism in the United States. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.

The Juneteenth lineup:

SVOD (available to watch now on Magnolia Selects)

  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Night Catches Us
  • Whose Streets?
  • Untouchable
  • The Coalition



  • Woman Thou Art Loosed
  • Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
  • Presenting Princess Shaw
  • Harlem Aria
  • Diary of a Tired Black Man
  • Venus and Serena



  • John Lewis: Good Trouble
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am
  • The Gospel According to Andre
  • Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • The Final Year
  • A Cold Hard Truth


Highlighted Pride month titles include:

SVOD (available to watch now on Magnolia Selects)

  • Tangerine
  • Jack & Diane
  • Life Partners

Magnolia Pictures Expands AVOD Presence

Magnolia Pictures, the indie theatrical/home entertainment distributor, along with its sister company Spotlight Cinema Networks, is expanding availability of CineLife, the upstart linear streaming channel in combination with its AVOD library.

Magnolia is working DistroTV, a free advertising-supported streaming TV (FAST) service with more than 150 channels. The platform will offer CineLife and its eclectic set of film and TV content. DistroTV is available across Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and on iOS and Android devices.

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With the addition of the CineLife content, DistroTV viewers have access to films such as BAFTA Award winning and Academy Award nominated I Am Not Your Negro; Academy Award winner I Am Love, starring Academy Award and BAFTA winner Tilda Swinton; the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated A Royal Affair, starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen; Two Lovers, starring Oscar winners Joaquin Phoenix and Gwenyth Paltrow; and Night Catches Us, starring Anthony Mackie. Additional titles streaming on CineLife include Deadfall, Hammer of the Gods, I Saw the Devil, and Melancholia and Mother, among others.

‘Ava,’ ‘Antebellum’ Top Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The actioner Ava topped the Vudu chart while the premium VOD release Antebellum again topped the FandangoNow chart for the week ended Oct. 4.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

Vertical Entertainment’s action film Ava, starring Jessica Chastain, became available for TVOD Sept. 25. It follows a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high-profile hits. When a job goes wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival. It came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality. It fell from No. 1 to No. 2 on the Vudu chart for the week.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 3 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

Taking the bronze on the FandangoNow chart and coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart was the Magnolia Pictures thriller Alone, about a killer who hunts a widow in the wilderness after she escapes from his remote cabin.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Ava
  2. Antebellum
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Alone
  6. Hocus Pocus
  7. 2067
  8. Beetlejuice
  9. The Tax Collector
  10. Mama


FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Antebellum
  2. Ava
  3. Alone
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Then Came You
  6. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  7. Welcome to Sudden Death
  8. Death of Me
  9. The Tax Collector
  10. The King of Staten Island

Magnolia Pictures Bows Ad-Supported Channel on Redbox Free Live TV

Home entertainment distributor Magnolia Pictures May 20 announced new distribution for CineLife, an ad-supported channel from Spotlight Cinema Networks on Redbox Free Live TV. The channel features independent films and documentaries from Magnolia Pictures’ catalog.

Ad-supported Redbox Free Live TV offers 24-hour access to programming, including independent films from Magnolia Pictures. The CineLife channel’s titles include The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber; The Magic of Belle Isle, starring Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman; as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Virginia Madsen; and Deadfall, starring Olivia Wilde, Eric Bana and Charlie Hunnam. CineLife will also showcase A Long Way Down, A Royal Affair, Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot, Detour and World’s Greatest Dad, among others.

“Redbox is a leader in the evolving home entertainment landscape and the curated CineLife channel provides Magnolia with the opportunity to present these incredible, award-winning films to as wide of an audience as possible,” Jeff Cuban, COO (and younger brother) of Mark Cuban Companies Entertainment Properties, said in a statement.

CineLife is available for streaming on the Redbox App, Web, iOS, Android devices, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, LG and Vizio.

“Providing quality entertainment on Redbox’s free streaming service is an important step for our growing brand,” added Jerry Rakfeldt, CEO of Spotlight Cinema Networks.

Magnolia Gerrymandering Doc ‘Slay the Dragon’ Launches Digitally April 3

Magnolia Pictures’ documentary Slay the Dragon, which tackles gerrymandering in the United States, will launch on demand digitally April 3.

The digital release moved up due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Barak Goodman and Emmy Award Nominee Chris Durrance and an official selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Slay the Dragon maintains there was a calculated campaign in 2010 to manipulate our electoral system to consolidate political power for the next decade. It alleges that after the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes, and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. But in today’s hyperpartisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, the documentary contends.

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The film also looks at how redistricting affects the political system today, following a handful of citizens groups after the 2016 election.

Magnolia Pictures Slashes SVOD Service Annual Fee 50%

Facing another week of turmoil as local, state and federal governments race to contain the coronavirus, Magnolia Pictures March 16 announced it is slashing by 50% the annual fee for its “DOX” documentary SVOD service.

The cost is now $14.99 for a year compared to $29.99 previously, and available only to new subscribers through March 31 who maintain a subscription past the free seven-day trial period. DOX offers a curated collection of non-fiction content from filmmakers across the globe.

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New titles coming to this month include I’m Still Here, starring Academy Award winner for Best Actor (Joker) Joaquin Phoenix in the satirical documentary from Oscar winner Casey Affleck that follows his fictionalized retirement from acting to his pursuit of a new career in hip-hop, and Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, a compilation of the national tour embarked on by late night host Conan O’Brien following his departure from “The Tonight Show” in 2010.

The annual subscription also give users access to Magnolia Pictures’ expansive catalog of critically acclaimed docuseries and award-winning documentaries, including Academy Award winner Man on Wire, BAFTA Award nominee Blackfish, as well as Tickled, Venus and Serena and Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot.

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Magnolia Pictures says the SVOD service was created for moviegoers who enjoy exceptional films from some of the most celebrated documentarians in the world today. The expansive, curated collection represents the very best in non-fiction storytelling.

“Whether audiences are looking for a trip down memory lane or a trip around the world, DOX is sure to entertain and inspire,” said the distributor.


‘Magnolia Selects’ SVOD Service Names January Release Slate

Magnolia Pictures’ upstart SVOD service, Magnolia Selects, announced its January slate of curated independent movies and documentaries available for $4.99 per month. The service launched last March.

Titles include Force Majuere, the Academy Award nominated film about the comedic dissolution of a marriage set against an avalanche; Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated I Am Love; and Serena, a sprawling tale of two newlyweds (Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and winner Jennifer Lawrence) who find that power and happiness are not always connected.

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Other titles available Jan. 7, include Crazy Love, How I Live Now, Force Majuere, Syrup, Take This Waltz and White Bird in a Blizzard.

Titles available Jan. 14 include Europa Report, In Order of Disappearance, Lo & Behold, The Oxford Murders, Results and White God.

Titles available Jan. 21: The Burning Plain, The Dead Lands, Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, Serena and Standby.

Available on Jan. 28: I Am Love, Iris, Last Shift, The Little Death and Whitey.

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sold Magnolia Pictures (and Magnolia Home Entertainment) in 2018 to Cohen Media Group.