1. Cinedigm Launches Docurama: Cinedigm has decided to bring us Docurama, a new On-Demand streaming channel that will provide viewers with over 1,000 documentary titles by mid-summer. The channel will be available on over 165 streaming devices, which include TVs, set top boxes, tablets and gaming consoles. Read more here.
2. Netflix Plans: Netflix will continue to boost its original programming and license exclusive content, Variety reports. “Our intent is to continue to expand the content library meaningfully,” said Netflix CFO David Wells at the J.P. Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. Speaking of original programming, “Orange is the New Black” returns for its second season on Friday, June 6.
3. The Future of Television: Separately, Neil Hunt, Netflix’s chief product officer, had some predictions about the future of television. Wired reports on Hunt’s speech at New York City’s Internet Week conference, in which he predicts that in the not-so-distant future, everyone will have a smart TV, commercials will disappear and there will be countless personalized niche channels. Smaller shows will have the chance to thrive in this new universe. “Internet TV can afford to carry those small shows,” said Hunt.
4. Indiegogo: Indiegogo has partnered with the global cinema website Twitch Film in an effort to bring forward new filmmaker talent from emerging film markets and get their films funded. The first project in the partnership is Mattie Dao’s “Dearest Sister,” a horror film. Dao is the first female filmmaker ever to come out of Laos. You can read more about her project here.
5. Hal Ashby on Indiegogo: You may not know his name, but Hal Ashby directed some of the best films of the 1970s, including “Harold and Maude,” “Shampoo,” “Being There” and “Coming Home.” Now “Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story,” a documentary about the director’s life and work, is raising money via Indiegogo. Though the crowd funding campaign just launched today, it’s already raised nearly $12,000 of its $50,000 goal. Check out the campaign video below: