Posted: Tue., Apr. 19, 2011, 4:00am PT
Small exhibs gain access to digital pix
SpectiCast, Monterey to launch theater network
By MARC GRASER
Digital broadcaster SpectiCast has paired up with Monterey Media to launch the SpectiCast Digital Theater Network to provide smaller exhibitors with slates of digitally distributed independent films and alternative programming.
Nearly 80 venues have already signed on to use the service, which formally bows May 1, and aims to grow to 200 by the end of the year.
Monterey serves as the network's provider of pics for the network and will supply films it has the rights to distribute, as well as pick up titles from other distribs.
Aim is to provide the network to smaller indie and arthouse theaters, performing arts and community centers, and other alternative theaters around the country.
The initial film package will include theatrical releases like Monte Hellman's "Road to Nowhere," which Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos penned and produced, and "Small Town Murder Songs."
"After extensive research on various digital systems, we partnered with SpectiCast because in line with the constant changes of the marketplace, its pioneering technology creates incredible agility and efficiency in the delivery process," said Monterey Media CEO and managing partner Scott Mansfield.
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