Multi-platform distributor Cinedigm announced on Monday that it has hired Jeffrey Edell as CFO. He will also serve on the management committee for the company, which is one of the world’s largest aggregator of digital film and television content.
Prior to Edell’s appointment at Cinedigm he was CEO of Edell Ventures, a company he founded in 2009 to invest in innovators in the social media and entertainment arenas. Last year, the company produced a series of gaming apps titled Superhero Ball Wars for comic icon Stan Lee.
Before founding Edell Ventures, he was CEO of Inferno Entertainment, a film production and foreign sales company that produced and/or distributed such features as The Kids Are All Right and The Grey.
Cinedigm distributes content from Docurama Films and Flatiron Film Company, festival picks through its partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films, and a wide range of content from suppliers like National Geographic, Discovery, WWE, and the Jim Henson Company. The company has direct relationships with digital platforms at Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon.
Also on Monday RLJ Entertainment (RLJE) announced that it has appointed former Cinedigm VP of digital sales Mike Pears to the newly-created position of EVP of content sales, overseeing the company’s non-physical wholesale business, including digital, VOD and television. Pears had been with Cinedigm for 7 years.
RLJE is independent owner, developer, licensee and distributor of entertainment content primarily in North America, the U.K. and Australia, with over 5,300 titles. The company runs platforms like Acorn, a digital distributor of British television.