NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Independent distributor DigiNext Films today announced that ‘Country Cares for St. Jude Kids®’ has been named official charitable partner for the first-ever Grand Ole Opry feature film. DigiNext is donating a portion of every movie theatre ticket sold for American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry to benefit Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, one of the most successful radio fundraising programs of all time, which has raised $550 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
The film offers audiences a virtual front row seat and VIP all-access pass, including live Opry performances and backstage conversations with Opry members, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker as well as The Band Perry and Brett Eldredge.
The movie’s official trailer was recently released at www.oprymovie.com.
- Advance tickets are available via partners MovieTickets.com and Fandango.
- A limited special engagement at select theatre locations begins December 4. Additional North American dates and theatres will be added in early 2016.
“We are delighted to partner with the Grand Ole Opry to bring cinemagoers and country music fans their first immersive, big-screen taste of the rich, 90-year tradition of ‘the show that made country music famous,’” said Bud Mayo, Managing Member of DigiNext and President of Carmike’s Alternative Programming and Distribution Division. “We are also proud to lend additional support to Country Cares for St. Jude Kids as our official charitable beneficiary, which has long been a favored charity of the cinema industry. The artists and the Opry already have a longstanding relationship with Country Cares for St. Jude.”
Since 1989 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids has raised $550 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, in partnership with approximately 200 radio stations and listeners that have generously pledged their support during radiothons. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
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About DigiNext Films, LLC: The future of film distribution, DigiNext has developed a comprehensive worldwide, direct-to-consumer (DtoC) movie release platform. The platform showcases the talents of today’s most talented and passionate directors and producers of independent features as well as issue-based documentaries, providing them with a unique and customized way to drive additional value and recognition of their work. DigiNext offers filmmakers a domestic theatrical release, plus a global, targeted reach to worldwide audiences. Brands and marketers can also access pre-selected targeted audiences via DigiNext’s end-to-end platform. DigiNext is a joint venture partnership between Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ: CKEC), the nation’s fourth largest theatrical exhibitor - with 2900+ screens across 41 states - and Nehst Out, creator of a content distribution system reaching 70+ countries via electronic sell-through including digital downstream and DVDs.
About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is country music’s most famous show and presents the best in the genre live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).