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Fandor Moves into Original Content with Shorts Program (Exclusive)

12 March 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Streaming  platform Fandor is moving into original content creation by backing 50% of the originating budgets of five short films and raising the remainder by crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

Under Fandor’s FIXshorts  program, each of the films will have guaranteed distribution on the platform along with outreach effort assistance. When completed, Fandor will premiere the FIXshorts exclusively in tandem with their respective festival premieres and the rights to each film will remain with the individual filmmakers.

“This collaborative approach to film production is an important step forward in our efforts to help new work reach new audiences,” said Jonathan Marlow, co-founder and chief content officer.

Fandor plans to support this project twice annually. The second round of proposals will go under consideration near the end of 2015.

The five projects were selected from 34 proposals and include:

— “Anyuka,” Maya Erdelyi. An animated documentary on the life of the filmmaker’s Hungarian grandmother.

— “Dead Ink Archive, »

- Dave McNary

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Fandor Reins Change Again, as Ted Hope Returns to Producing

7 January 2015 1:40 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Lead investor Chris Kelly, former Facebook General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, is stepping in as interim CEO to replace outgoing Ted Hope, whose avocation film producer reigns supreme. He came in just a year ago, after leaving another short-term gig as executive director of the San Francisco Film Society. Hope will be "pursuing a new film production venture, and will remain a close advisor to the company," according to a press release.  Last January, Kelly and Fandor founder and then-ceo Dan Aronson and chief content officer Jonathan Marlow approached Hope to take over as CEO. He was impressed with their curated collection of 5000 high quality indie and foreign films as well as the ways they share revenues with filmmakers and rights holders.  In 2013, Fandor brought in over three dozen new partners and individual filmmakers to its curated service. Fandor has also launched in Canada and expanded its services on a wide array of mobile. »

- Anne Thompson

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