Cinedigm Acquires North American Rights to AMATEUR NIGHT (Formerly DRIVE, SHE SAID)

Sexy comedy stars Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen, Ashley Tisdale, Janet Montgomery, Bria Murphy and Steven Weber

LOS ANGELES--()--Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired all North American distribution rights to AMATEUR NIGHT (formerly DRIVE, SHE SAID). The film will be released theatrically mid-2016, and will be simultaneously made available on digital and TV VOD platforms, with a DVD release to follow later in the year.

“Amateur Night is a fun, refreshing comedy, but it also has so much heart”

The film centers on Guy (Biggs: American Pie; Orange Is The New Black), an out-of-work and down-on-his-luck expectant father desperate to find a job to support his family. At the urging of his wife (Mollen: Crazy Stupid Love; Extracted), he answers a Craigslist ad to be a driver. He’s in for more than he bargained for when he learns he’ll be the driver for three charismatic call girls (Tisdale: High School Musical; Montgomery: Black Swan; Salem; and Murphy: America’s Next Top Model; The Game) as they make their evening rounds, which turn out to be anything but typical. Also starring in this fish-out-of-water comedy is veteran actor Steven Weber (Wings; Single White Female), Reno 911! alumnus Cedric Yarbrough (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Comedy Bang-Bang) and Adrian Voo (Little Bitches).

With their true-life story inspiring the movie (and the casting: Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen are also married in “real life”), the script was written and directed by husband/wife team Joe Syracuse and Lisa Addario (Surf’s Up; the Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy Parental Guidance).While trying to catch their big Hollywood break as writers, Syracuse had a lucrative — and sometimes dangerous — job driving call girls around Los Angeles while Addario was pregnant with their first child.

"We are thrilled to be in business with Cinedigm. Their passion for this film is matched only by their enthusiasm for getting it out to audiences in a smart, strategic way,” said Syracuse and Addario. “They’ve had great success with edgy, comic titles like ours.”

“Amateur Night is a fun, refreshing comedy, but it also has so much heart,” says Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm's EVP of Acquisitions, "which makes it exactly the kind of off-beat, original indie film that Cinedigm is proud to champion. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with this talented filmmaking team."

The film was produced by Diego Del Rio Toca, Jorge Garcia Castro, Shana Eddy-Grouf and Mary Pat Bentel; executive producers are Samuel Goldberg, Michael Kessel, Jackie Levine, Meyer Orbach and Tony Parker.

The deal was negotiated by Cinedigm's Kristin Harris, Executive Director of Content Acquisitions, and United Talent Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.

International rights are represented by The Works who will be screening the film under its new title at the forthcoming European Film Market in Berlin.

Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with thousands of physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. The company’s library of films and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.

Additionally, given Cinedigm’s infrastructure, technology, content and distribution expertise, the Company has rapidly become a leader in the quickly evolving over-the-top digital network business. Cinedigm’s first channel, DOCURAMA, launched in May 2014, and is currently available on iOS, Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms currently being rolled out. Cinedigm launched CONtv, a Comic Con branded channel in partnership with WIZARD WORLD, on March 3, 2015. The Company’s third OTT channel, DOVE CHANNEL, launched on September 15, 2015 and is a digital streaming subscription service targeted to families and kids seeking high quality and family friendly content approved by Dove Foundation.

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CINEDIGM ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO AMATEUR NIGHT/Sexy comedy stars Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen, Ashley Tisdale, Janet Montgomery, Bria Murphy and Steven Weber