Two indie film companies ink distribution deals

SnagFilms, Tribeca Film announce separate agreements

The indie film distribution scene continues to strike out in new directions.

On Monday, Web-based SnagFilms announced deals to make its library of documentary films available as VOD offerings on Comcast and FiOS, for purchase on iTunes, for rental on YouTube and for free and for purchase on the iPad.

Separately, Tribeca Film said that New Video is becoming its exclusive DVD distributor.

Founded two years ago by chairman Ted Leonsis and CEO Rick Allen to make docs available online, SnagFilms has assembled a library of 1,500 films, which it offers free though ad-supported streaming on its own site as well as on AOL, Hulu, Fancast and nonprofit sites.

It now is branching out to other platforms with VOD offerings on Comcast and FiOS, with titles added on a monthly basis; selections for purchase on iTunes and rental on YouTube; distribution through mobile phone carriers via the A3 Media Network; and with availability through Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, gaming consoles and set-top boxes.

It also is launcing SnagLearning, a site with more than 100 films that will be made available to educators. The company is growing its library with pics from Lionsgate, New Video/Docurama, the National Film Board of Canada and USC's School of Cinematic Arts.

SnagFilms also announced that its subsidiary IndieWire, marking its 14th anniversary, is adding to its roster of contributors with a new blog from director Peter Bogdanovich.

Meanwhile, Tribeca Enterprises said that its new Tribeca Film, which distributes indie features, has struck a deal with New Video.

The first titles to be released -- "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia," exec produced by Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine, and "The Infidel," starring comedian Omid Djalili -- arrive Oct. 26. New Video will continue to release one to two titles a month leading to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
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