Site will provide means to identify new talent

Management firm and production entity the Collective has acquired horror-film website Bloody-Disgusting.com.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the site will provide the Collective with a means to identify new talent the company could represent while also serving as a promotional tool for the projects its filmmakers produce.

At the same time, the new owner will enable the site to beef up its offerings to genre fans, with plans in the works to stream full-length pics and user-generated videos and to build its social-networking offerings.

The Collective will broker deals to acquire and license digital rights to existing horror and thriller content, as well as new fare.

“Horror has a thriving fan base, and Bloody-Disgusting.com has massive traffic and membership views that exceed brands like Fangoria by a five-to-one ratio,” said the Collective’s CEO, Michael Green.

Site was founded in 2004 by editor-in-chief Brad Miska and CEO Tom Owen. The duo will continue to operate the site and control its core content of horror film news, interviews, set reports, trailers, clips and contests.

“It’s not in our best interest to compromise that,” Green said. “The reason (Miska and Owen) are on top is their dedication, their passion and love for this genre. We’re not going to tinker with that.”

This year, Bloody-Disgusting has attracted nearly 1 million unique visitors and 20 million hits per month.

“This new relationship with the Collective will allow us to further deliver on that promise and give more thrills and chills to our fans,” Miska said.

The Collective’s already been brokering new deals for the site, recently inking an exclusive deal between Bloody-Disgusting and the Toronto Film Festival for exclusive content from the fest’s genre program Midnight Madness, overseen by Colin Geddes and Noah Cowan.

The Collective reps such talent as Forest Whitaker, Martin Lawrence, Eddie Izzard, Emile Hirsch and John Leguizamo and recently produced the pics “Big Momma’s House 2,” “Are We Done Yet?” and “The Nanny Diaries,” as well as TV show “Wild ‘n Out” on MTV.

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