U.S. Indie Film Distributors Align for New SVOD Platform


Six independent film distributors in the U.S. have come together to launch OVID.TV, a new subscription video-on-demand service for arthouse, documentary and social issue films.

The six founding content partners are Bullfrog Films, Distrib Films US, First Run Features, Grasshopper Film, Icarus Films and KimStim, with more companies expected to join soon.

The SVOD platform will provide North American viewers with access to thousands of not-yet-streamable titles, including docs, independent films and notable works of international cinema. OVID.TV is slated to launch this March.

Icarus Films’ Jonathan Miller, who will act as director of OVID, said, “The time for this kind of partnership is now, as the streaming giants focus on generating fast-turnaround new content, this coalition will offer new access to high-quality catalogs found nowhere else, featuring some of the most celebrated filmmakers and films in the cannon.”