Company gets film online soon after bow
Digital moviestore ClickStar is losing its CEO and gaining its second near-day-and-date release.
James Ackerman has ankled his post atop the Netco, a joint venture of chipmaker Intel and Revelations Entertainment, the production company headed by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary.
Ackerman was appointed to the post early last year with the goal of guiding ClickStar through its December launch. McCreary, who was already chair, will now take over as CEO on top of her producing duties as Revelations.
ClickStar appears to have been struggling in its first few months against bigger competitors iTunes, Amazon.com and Movielink. According to tracking Web site Alexa.com, traffic to ClickStar’s site has been minimal following a brief burst around its launch.
Company hopes to get a second boost from “Lonely Hearts,” an indie pic that will be available for download at ClickStar on April 27, two weeks after it hits theaters. True-crime story, which Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films are releasing, is written and directed by Todd Robinson and stars John Travolta and Salma Hayek.
Though the digital download biz is still very small, ClickStar is believed to be paying a significant advance for exclusive digital rights close to theatrical release for pics like “Lonely Hearts.” “ClickStar’s involvement was a linchpin for securing theatrical release for the movie,” Roadside co-prexy Howard Cohen said.
“Lonely Hearts” is the second film ClickStar is distributing online within weeks of its theatrical debut. First was “10 Items or Less,” which came out in December and was produced by Revelations.