Cinedigm is bringing back Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network,
originally a linear channel, as a streaming service.
“Always a renegade, Rodriguez rewrites the rules once again
by taking what was once a linear channel and harnessing its passionate fan base
for today’s streaming audiences,” today’s statement about the partnership said.
The ad-supported channel will feature content curated by Rodriguez
and his artistic collective. Featured El Rey Network content includes
Rodriguez’s thoughtful conversations with creatives like John Carpenter and
Quentin Tarantino in “The Director’s Chair”; “Rebel Without A
Crew: The Series,” in which filmmakers set out to make their first feature
under Rodriguez’s guidance; a library of unscripted franchises including
“The Chuey Martinez Show”; and feature films that run the genre gamut
from grindhouse to cult classic action to horror/sci-fi.
Rodriguez said: “El Rey has always been a network for the
people – a mainstream outlet where we discover diverse, independent voices. The
fact that we can also now make our catalogue of kick-ass programming available
for free to all gives me enormous joy.” He added: “As audiences move
deliberately to streaming, it was important for me to democratize our platform
so that the masses have the opportunity to see themselves in our lineup of
curated, inclusive and entertaining content. This is a huge win in every way,
and I want to thank Cinedigm for putting fans first with this new
El Rey Network launched in 2013 and, at its height, reached
over 40 million households. The new streaming service will be available across
all platforms offering OTT channels including streaming devices, connected TVs,
and on the web.
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