RLJ Entertainment Appoints Nina Henderson Moore President of Its Urban Digital
OnCue Will Mark RLJ Entertainment's Second Proprietary Digital Channel
SILVER SPRING, Md., July 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RLJ Entertainment Inc.,
(Nasdaq:RLJE), announced today it has named media industry veteran Nina
Henderson Moore as President of OnCue, its newest digital channel offering
urban themed programming and original content, featuring some of today's most
recognized African American talent. Ms. Moore will lead the development and
expansion of OnCue, RLJ Entertainment's proprietary digital channel launching
in 2014. OnCue will present provocative and compelling original content,
including films, documentaries, and specials. Currently, OnCue is available
via YouTube's recently launched paid channels at youtube.com/oncuenetwork and
features highly entertaining urban content from the existing libraries of RLJ
Entertainment's Image and One Village brands.
RLJ Entertainment, founded by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black
Entertainment Television and The RLJ Companies, is a leading creator, owner
and distributor of media content across digital, broadcast and physical
platforms. RLJ Entertainment leverages its branding expertise, access to
content and direct to consumer skills to optimize the value of its programs
for distinct audiences. RLJ Entertainment, where Johnson serves as chairman,
was formed in October 2012 through the business combination of RLJ
Acquisition, Inc., Image Entertainment, Inc. and Acorn Media Group, Inc.
Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment, said, "I am thrilled to have
Nina join the RLJE team. Several years ago she successfully launched BET
Movies and BET Pictures with me at BET. Her programming, production and
business experience, skill and her creativity, will be essential to
successfully expanding the OnCue Channel by attracting millions of urban
subscribers who are interested in targeted online-delivered content that
directly appeals to their viewing interests. I am very excited about working
with Nina again and I am convinced that with Nina's leadership, RLJE's
OnCuecan do in the digital space what BET accomplished in the cable world."
Miguel Penella, Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment, said, "Nina is
an ideal person to lead this key initiative for RLJ Entertainment.With her
impressive background and our success with Acorn TV, I know we'll create an
innovative Urban digital channel unlike anything else in the digital space."
Ms. Moore recently served as President of Griot Productions, where she
produced Woman Art Loosed: On the 7th Day starring Blair Underwood and Sharon
Leal; and produced The Hot Flashesstarring Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah,
Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim, and Wanda Sykes, which is currently in
release. Prior to Griot, she was Executive Vice President for News, Public
Affairs, and Program Acquisitions at Black Entertainment Television and held
the position of President and COO at BET Pictures. Prior to BET, Ms. Moore
served as General Manager of cables' first All-Black Movie Channel, Starz in
Black, a joint venture between BET Holdings and Starz Encore Media Group. She
is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Harvard College.
Ms. Moore added, "The digital space needs a reliable destination with a
distinct urban edge. I am thrilled to have the opportunity with RLJ
Entertainment to lead the effort to make OnCue that destination for consumers
to enjoy compelling urban content. There is a huge pool of talented and
innovative African Americans in front of and behind the camera that we look
forward to working with and showcasing their stories."
OnCue is RLJ Entertainment's second proprietary channel. The company launched
Acorn TV in 2011 as the first British TV focused streaming service in North
America, at www.Acorn.TV.
About RLJ Entertainment –
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and
distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the
United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,200 exclusive titles. RLJE is a
leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn
(British TV), Image (stand-up comedy, feature films), One Village (urban),
Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art
films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple
formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast
television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.
Via its majority-owned subsidiary Agatha Christie Limited, RLJE manages the
intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of
mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and
Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts
and billing relationships with millions of consumers.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize
existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including
its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct
audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing
interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia
brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.
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