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February 16, 2016

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Cinedigm Joins NRB Pitch-a-thon in Nashville; List of Distributors Grows to 14

Cinedigm logoNashville, TN – Cinedigm Entertainment Group is the latest to be added to the list of distributors who will be available for filmmakers participating in the NRB Pitch-a-thon in Nashville.

“I am excited to be a part of this NRB Pitch-a-thon,” exclaimed Glenn Atamaniuk, a National Account Director at Cinedigm, a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with more than 60,000 physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Walmart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television.

“I look forward to meeting the writers, producers, and directors of the future, and to see what stories the Lord has given them to tell,” he added.

Next week, as thousands of Christian media and ministry professionals make their way to Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention, filmmakers of various levels of experience will be preparing to pitch their story, script, and even finished products straight to a distribution company.

During the NRB Pitch-a-thon, representatives of participating distribution companies will be seated around tables. Everyone who signs up for the Pitch-a-thon will have five minutes with up to two of the distributors – up to three minutes to pitch their project, and then two for the distributor’s notes. No more than two people can represent a project to a distributor and only one project is allowed per five-minute session. Prospective participants select up to two distributors when they sign up for Pitch-a-thon online. All are encouraged to do their homework and research the best distributors for their project before making their selection.         

The still-growing list* of those on the receiving end of the Pitch-a-thon currently includes:

  • Affirm Films (Rich Peluso)
  • Bridgestone Media Group (David Austin)
  • ChristianCinema.com (Bobby Downes, Jared Geesey)
  • Cinedigm Entertainment Group (Glenn Atamaniuk)
  • CMD Distribution (Byron Jones)
  • Endgame Entertainment (Bob Norton)
  • Inkling Entertainment (Michael Flaherty)
  • JuceTV/TBN Network (Mark McCallie)
  • Mission Pictures (Cindy Bond)
  • Parables TV  (Isaac Hernandez)
  • Provident Films (Ben Howard)
  • Skipstone Pictures (Johnny Remo)
  • Vision Video (Bill Curtis, Bill Carroll)
  • Word Network (Holly McClure)

In the two years that NRB has hosted the Pitch-a-thon, a number of scripts have been purchased and a number of participants have received offers for distribution for their films.

“I presented a one-page overview of my screenplay, Helen of Troy, Tennessee, to Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) of Paramount,” shared actor, writer, and comedian Torry Martin, who participated in the 2015 Pitch-a-thon. “Within 24 hours, he’d read my script cover to cover.” Soon, Mednick and Martin (along with co-writer Marshal Younger) entered into an exclusive 18-month film option agreement. Today, Helen of Troy, Tennessee marches toward production.

“My advice to any Christian who wants to break into the entertainment industry? Join NRB and attend the Convention,” says Martin. “It’s an investment in your future. Oh, and bring a box of business cards. You are going to need them.”

The upcoming Pitch-a-thon will take place Friday, February 26, from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN – site of Proclaim 16, the upcoming NRB International Christian Media Convention.

Registration is required to participate in the Pitch-a-thon, and all participants must be present at 8:15 a.m. In addition, all participants must attend a session on “How to Pitch Your Story” from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Participants are advised to register as soon as possible to ensure a spot with the distributor(s) they want most. Appointments are filling up quickly.

The Pitch-a-thon is one of the activities lined up for the NRB Film & Entertainment Summit that will take place on Friday, February 26, the last day of Proclaim 16. It is included in the cost of a Friday-Only Day Pass ($275) and the full Convention registration (prices vary). Other summit activities can be found at nrbconvention.org/film.

To register for the event, visit nrbconvention.org/register. Registration for the Pitch-a-thon is completed within the Convention registration process. Those already registered for the Convention can add the Pitch-a-thon by simply logging back on here and modifying their Convention registration. The Pitch-a-thon registration can be found at the bottom of the page with the additional meal tickets, reserved tables, etc.

*The representative(s) taking pitches for the company may be other than those named above. In addition, as slots fill up, some distributors may no longer be available for selection.

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About Proclaim 16

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor in 2016 will be an interactive exhibit presented by Museum of the Bible that chronicles the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies. The upcoming Convention, Proclaim 16, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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