Hassell will be responsible for all aspects of theatrical distribution for Cinedigm, the leading strategic indie film and alternative content distributor that utilizes digital distribution and targeted marketing to cost-effectively release films. Some recent high profile theatrical acquisitions for Cinedigm include ARTHUR NEWMAN (with Colin Firth and Emily Blunt), VIOLET AND DAISY (with Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini) and the acclaimed documentary, THE INVISIBLE WAR.
Hassell’s career in major motion picture distribution spans nearly three decades and is built upon experience with films ranging from the internationally commercial (GHOSTBUSTERS) to the art-house specialized feature (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO; LA VIE EN ROSE) and includes positions at Columbia Pictures, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Destination Films, New Market Films, Picturehouse Films, and Film District.
"Tom brings expertise, savvy and world-class business instincts to Cinedigm," said Susan Margolin, co-President of Cinedigm’s entertainment group. "In the last year, we have made tremendous strides in our entertainment efforts, distributing films from five-screen targeted releases to 20-screen day-and-day releases to films spanning 1,000 screens - and we have many more projects slated for 2013. Tom will play a critical role in releasing these films in the ‘Cinedigm’ way – putting producers first, being good partners to the exhibition community and bringing compelling content to demanding audiences."
"I am very excited about joining such a forward-looking company of smart and innovative people," said Hassell. "I look forward to being part of what is, and will be, a compelling force in the changing landscape of the entertainment business."
About Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Cinedigm Entertainment Group (CEG), a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), is an end-to-end digital distribution company delivering content in theaters, across digital and on-demand platforms, and on DVD/Blu-ray. CEG reaches a global digital audience through partnerships with iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Google, Hulu, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, and others. The company’s library of over 5,000 titles includes award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen indies from Flatiron Film Company® and acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film. CEG is proud to distribute many Oscar®-nominated films including Hell and Back Again, GasLand, Waste Land, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita. Current and upcoming CEG multi-platform releases include Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, 22 Bullets and Come Out and Play. [CIDM-G] www.cinedigm.com.
About Cinedigm (www.cinedigm.com)
Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. is a leader in providing the services, experience, technology and content critical to transforming movie theaters into digital and networked entertainment centers. Cinedigm's digital cinema deployment and servicing organization, state of the art distributor and exhibition software, and marketing and distribution platform for alternative content and independent films are a cornerstone of the digital cinema transformation. With the April acquisition of New Video, the world's largest aggregator of independent digital content and leading distributor of quality entertainment, CIDM has created a new full service end-to-end digital studio, enabling the Company to acquire and distribute independent films and specialty content. Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp.