CONtv Announces Film And Television Programming

by Jamie Lovett

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CONtv, Cinedigm and Wizard World’s new direct-to-consumer digital network that is said to focus on providing content to con-goers beginning in 2015, today announced their initial content lineup.

The television and film content includes offerings across multiple genre, and several that are sure the trigger con-goers’ usual penchant for nostalgia. These come in addition to the previously announced original program Fight of the Living Dead, a horror-competition series from Alpine Labs, BlackBoxTV and Revolver Picture Company. According to the press release, CONtv has plans to announce more programming, including additional original series, in the coming weeks.

Here’s a list of the CONtv programming announced earlier today:

  • Superhero Action: “He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe,” “Voltron,” Trial of the Incredible Hulk, “She-Ra: Princess Of Power”

  • Cult Classics: Godzilla, Death Race 2000, Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark, Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, Beware the Blob, Transylvania 6-5000, Night Patrol

  •  Horror: Evil Dead, Re-Animator, Hellraiser, I Spit On Your Grave (#1 and #2), Hellboy: Blood & Iron, Rob Zombie Presents The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Ichi The Killer, Puppet Master, Embrace of the Vampire

  • Martial Arts: Fists of Fury, Shaolin, Man From Nowhere, War of the Arrows, Legend of the Fist, Yakuza Weapon, Blade of Kings, Lady Ninja

  • Gaming: “Sonic The Hedgehog,” “Super Mario Bros,” “Legend Of Zelda,” “Stargate Infinity,” “Street Fighter Alpha,” “Heavenly Sword”

  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television: UK’s “Being Human,” “Farscape,” “Highlander,” “Demon King,” “Stargate Infinity”

  • Anime:  “Yu-Gi-Oh,” “Beyblade,” “Digimon,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “High School Of The Dead,” “Saint Seiya,” “Angel Beats,” “Clannad”

“CONtv is at the apex of fan culture,” said Bill Sondheim, President of Cinedigm Entertainment, via press release. “It’s a celebration of the best in fandom, with carefully selected and curated content from some of the industry’s top creators.”

“We are excited to offer fans a robust cross section of content curated especially for them,” says John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World. “Clearly nobody knows the comic community better than our staff – we’ve got the most rabid fans amidst our own ranks shaping CONtv’s content offering.”

CONtv will launch in early 2015 as a free, ad-supported digital service, with the option for a low-cost monthly subscription of $6.99/month with content exclusives, audience rewards, social viewing experiences, and Wizard World ticketing bundles. CONtv plans to launch across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Samsung Smart TV, Windows, Mac OS, mobile, and tablet devices.