CRM, Amazon forge indie deal

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Digital media sales outfit Cinetic Rights Management has forged an output deal with Amazon, providing about 20 indie films per month for its VOD and CreateSpace DVD on Demand platforms.

The pact launches today with an Amazon exclusive, Dave McLaughlin's 2007 playwright drama "On Broadway," starring Eliza Dushku and New Kids on the Block's Joey McIntyre. Select CRM titles will be available exclusively to Amazon customers, and all will be available on VOD to buy for $10 or $3 seven-day rentals.

"Audiences are no longer required to live in a specific city to see new and classic independent film," CRM head Matt Dentler said. "All they need now is an Internet connection."

Among the indie catalog titles CRM hopes to bring to consumers in Amazon's virtual indie video store are Rob Epstein's 1984 doc "The Times of Harvey Milk"; Vern Oakley's 1995 romantic comedy "A Modern Affair," starring Stanley Tucci; and Curt Johnson's 1997 animal rights doc "Your Mommy Kills Animals." All three will be released this month at Amazon.com/vod.
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