Splitsider, the comedy news site from culture website The Awl, has launched Splitsider Presents, a digital distribution label for indie comedies. The first film to be released by the platform, “The Exquisite Corpse Project,” features five comedy writers of former sketch comedy group Olde English and is available to purchase for download and streaming now for $5.
Splitsider Presents will showcase independent comedy feature films, documentaries and standup specials at affordable prices. Works distributed by the company will receive editorial promotion on the site and be provided with licensing opportunities. The platform’s first film, “The Exquisite Corpse Project,” is directed by Ben Popik who started Olde English is about a group of comedy writers given the ultimate challenge: to read only the first five pages of a script and each write their own 15 pages to form into one movie.
Adam Frucci, the founder and editor of Splitsider, said of the new distribution label “I’m really excited to launch Splitsider Presents. We’ll be able to get some of the best and most exciting comedy releases directly to fans while ensuring that the comedians behind them get to keep as much of the proceeds as possible.”
Director Popik commented, “As a filmmaker and comedian, Splitsider Presents is a really exciting and radical new means of distribution. In addition to having a huge, loyal fan base of diehard comedy fans, Splitsider Presents offers a generous revenue share and unparalleled excitement and support for their projects. We’re really thrilled and honored to be working with them.”