In 2013, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez helped launch the El Rey Network, bringing audiences original genre content and programming like Of From dusk till dawn and Lucha Underground, but eventually closed at the end of 2020. Fortunately, Variety confirmed that Cinedigm is relaunching the network as part of its streaming offerings and will be a completely free platform. Rodriguez himself will help organize the films and series offered on the platform, providing âover-the-topâ content, marking the first time that a cable network has completely revolved into a streaming service. There is currently no official date for the launch of the new El Rey network.
âEl Rey has always been a network for the people – a mainstream outlet where we discover diverse and independent voices,â Rodriguez said in a statement. âIt gives me great joy that we can now also make our catalog of stunning programs available to everyone free of charge. “
He added, âAs audiences move deliberately to streaming, it was important for me to democratize our platform so that the masses have the opportunity to see themselves in our range of organized, inclusive and entertaining content. It’s a huge win by any means, and I want to thank Cinedigm for putting fans first with this new alliance.
The outlet notes that the next relaunch of the network will include âRodriguez’s The director’s chair, with interviews from designers like John Carpenter and Quentin Tarantino; Unmanned Rebel: The Series, in which filmmakers set out to direct their first feature film under the direction of Rodriguez; a library of unscripted franchises including The Chuey Martinez Show; and feature films spanning genres such as grindhouse, cult-classic action, horror, and sci-fi. “
Cinedigm will also distribute Rodriguez’s new film Red 11, which is inspired by the time the filmmaker spent in a medical research center in order to obtain funds to make his first film El Mariachi.
Cinedigm President and Chief Strategy Officer Erick Opeka said of the takeover: âWe are delighted to step in at this important moment alongside the passion, dedication and forward-thinking vision that Robert Rodriguez brings to the table. “
FactoryMade Ventures CEO John Fogelman continued, âWe look forward to working with Chris McGurk and his amazing team at Cinedigm to further engage audiences and align with smart marketing partners to create personalized and memorable content that breaks the world. clutter. “
Stay tuned for more details on the rebirth of the El Rey network.
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