RLJ Entertainment has announced the launch of digital subscription-based Urban Movie Channel (UMC), offering drama, documentaries, comedies, horror, and stage plays. Traci Otey Blunt, The RLJ Companies’ SVP Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, is moving to RLJE as Corporate EVP of Marketing and Corporate Affairs and will oversee the company’s marketing, public relations and investor relations, as well as the promotion of the UMC channel.
Programs previously released by RLJE under the One Village brand will be incorporated into UMC’s library, which will also include titles from RLJE’s existing Image independent feature film line. There will be a free trial period for subscribers through February 4, 2015, with a suggested retail price of $4.99/month or $49.99/year thereafter, following a special limited time introductory pricing of $2.99/month or $29.99/year to start. RLJ says.
Among the titles are live stand-up performances featuring Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, and Charlie Murphy; documentaries Dark Girls and I Ain’t Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac; the feature films All Things Fall Apart starring 50 Cent, Mario Van Peebles, and Ray Liotta; and The Suspect starring Mekhi Phifer. Bestsellers include the stage play production of What My Husband Doesn’t Know by David E. Talbert.