VOD Leader Launches Film Marketplace™ And Gives Filmmakers 100 Percent of Profit

LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 24, 2002 - Offering a viable alternative to the traditional film distribution model, Intertainer today announced the launch of its Film Marketplace™, a channel for independent filmmakers to directly reach entertainment enthusiasts and earn revenue. Intertainer CEO Jonathan Taplin made the announcement during his keynote address at Streaming Media West, the world's largest digital media technology event.

Through Intertainer's broadband service, available at, filmmakers can submit their short subject or feature-length works and set pricing for consumers. Filmmakers pay a flat fee, based on the length of the film, to cover encoding, storage and streaming costs. In turn, the filmmaker earns 100 percent of the revenue generated by their film. Intertainer will begin taking submissions immediately and will launch the independent film content to consumers later this summer.

"As a former independent producer, I think this is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker - digital video technology is easy to use and accessibly priced, audiences have shown a consistent appetite for indie work and online entertainment platforms such as Intertainer are tearing down the barriers that shut out unknown talent," said Taplin. "Intertainer's mission has always been to use technology to deliver the vast array of high quality popular culture to a mass audience. If we can inspire undiscovered talent to pursue a dream of quality filmmaking, then we've done our small part to ensure that the film industry of the future continues to be innovative, unconventional and worth the price of admission."

Taplin has produced a number of award-winning films, including Mean Streets, The Last Waltz, and To Die For.

About Intertainer

A pioneer in the video on demand space, Intertainer provides three major services: A broadband entertainment on demand service, available at, offering U.S. subscribers instant access to the largest selection of premium movies, music and television programming; Industry leading video on demand content aggregation for cable operators; and Demand E.S.Pô, a comprehensive platform of software and professional services enabling cable operators, broadband providers and content owners to create and manage their own VOD services. Intertainer features content from unprecedented partner relationships including Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., DreamWorks SKG, MGM, A&E Networks, NBC, Discovery, ESPN, Warner Music, EMI Music and many others. Strategic partners include Thomson, Comcast, Intel, Microsoft, NBC, Qwest and Sony.

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