CINEDIGM ACQUIRES U.S. DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO 'DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY'
on July 26, 2012
Los Angeles, CA -- Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey." The film, which is planned for release across theatrical, on-demand and premium digital in Spring 2013, had its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and was the closing night selection at the San Francisco International Film Festival and opening night selection at Silverdocs.
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," directed by Ramona S. Diaz, is the real-life rock-n-roll story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, a formerly homeless teen who was plucked from YouTube by lead guitarist and founding Journey member Neal Schon to become the front man for the iconic American rock band and a real-life celebrity. The film follows Arnel on this personal odyssey, including a worldwide tour with core band members Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and Deen Castronovo, and a homecoming performance in Manila for 25,000 people.
"When our team saw it at Tribeca, we knew the film was a perfect fit," said Vincent Scordino, Vice President of Acquisitions, Theatrical, for Cinedigm. "Ramona takes you on an inspirational ride punctuated by kick-ass performances from one of rock's greatest bands. We'll have a great time working with her, Capella, Josh and the band to bring what is a deeply heartwarming film to audiences."
"Partnering with Cinedigm to bring this inspiring story to a national audience is going to be a great experience," said Diaz. "After having worked on the project on our own for so long, we are looking forward to collaborating with a group of dedicated, smart, enthusiastic folks who will bring their expertise to bear on making this film a hit."
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" (www.everymansjourney.com) is the most recent in a string of product acquisitions by Cinedigm, which acquired New Video, the largest worldwide digital aggregator of independent content and leading distributor of quality entertainment, in April 2012. With the addition of New Video and their longstanding relationships with digital partners, Cinedigm is now the first full service end-to-end digital releasing studio, acquiring and distributing independent films and specialty content both theatrically and through all digital, mobile and home media platforms. Other recent acquisitions include "The Invisible War," which premiered in theaters in June 2012, "Citadel," "In Our Nature," and "22 Bullets."
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" is a CineDiaz, Inc., Defining Entertainment production, in association with Game 7 Films, Arcady Bay Entertainment and was directed and written by Ramona S. Diaz, produced by Diaz and Capella Fahoome Brogden, and executive produced by John Baruck and Joshua Green. The filmmakers were represented in the negotiation by Josh Braun, Submarine Entertainment, and for Cinedigm by Emily Rothschild. Through a separate deal between Submarine and Independent Lens, "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" will have its television debut in late summer 2013 on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series.
"We are very excited to be working with Ramona again, and continue our association with Cinedigm," said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Senior Series Producer. "We presented Ramona's earlier film "Imelda" and believe our audiences will enthusiastically embrace "Don't Stop Believin'." Arnel's story speaks directly to our commitment to stories from diverse communities, and there's no denying the extraordinary appeal of Journey."
(Photo caption: Journey concert, Manila, Philippines, with band members from left to right: Deen Castronovo, Jonathan Cain, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon and Ross Valory. Photo credit: Ferdie Arquero and Nomota LLC.)