Woodland Hills, CA and New York, NY March 2, 2012) – Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), announced today that it has signed rock icon Dave Stewart to bring a series of documentary films to movie theatres in a recurring time slot.
Produced by Weapons of Mass Entertainment, the films in the “Dave Stewart Presents …” series will feature Stewart and a variety of musical guests from all backgrounds, including rock, pop, country, blues and more, focusing on the art and process of songwriting, and culminating in a unique performance showcasing newly created songs. Stewart’s track record as a musician, producer, author, entrepreneur, filmmaker and innovator bodes well for this cutting-edge, on-going theatre series. The British artist’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the iconic pop-rock duo Eurythmics [“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”].
Additionally, Stewart has produced albums and co-written songs for Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Mick Jagger, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Joss Stone, Stevie Nicks and a host of others, racking up multiple song writing and producing awards, including a Grammy and a Golden Globe. With Jagger, Stewart recently formed SuperHeavy, the aptly titled super group with Joss Stone, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman.
“Having made a number of music documentaries and videos over the last 12 months with such greats at Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Stevie Nicks and others has really whet my appetite for capturing and putting amazing songwriting collaborations on cinema screens,” said Stewart, CEO of Weapons of Mass Entertainment. “I’m excited to work with Cinedigm’s great team to share with movie-going audiences the personal and magical creative moments that lead to unique performances.”
“Dave Stewart Presents …” will be Cinedigm’s first series of recurring alternative programming distributed into theatres using the company’s highly efficient digital cinema model – in essence, programming a movie theatre screen like a cable channel but with all the excitement and energy of a concert venue. Cinedigm is currently vetting appropriate sponsors and partners to take part in this groundbreaking venture.
“We’re confident that music fans will relish the opportunity to see and hear Dave interact with music’s biggest names and promising newcomers on the big screen, with big sound, surrounded by their friends,” said Cinedigm Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk. “We know Dave Stewart – who is prodigiously talented and incredibly innovative – will drive music lovers of all genres to theatres with this regularly occurring program.”