Global online service opens with 30 films
Wolfe, a distributor of LGBT-related content, launched a global VOD online service on Thursday with an initial 30-pic slate and plans to include the company’s complete library of more than 100 features and documentaries.The VOD platform is designed to combat online piracy, according to Wolfe founder Kathy Wolfe. “I had the opportunity to connect with many of our fans outside the U.S., who indicated that they would not pirate films if we provided reasonably priced access to our library,” Wolfe said. Rentals are set for $3.99 per pic, with a purchase price of $14.99; site will accept six different currencies, including the U.S. dollar. As part of the new VOD platform, WolfeOnDemand.com will feature a built-in affiliate revenue program allowing fans to earn commissions by referring other customers to watch Wolfe titles. Films to be included initially are Celine Sciamma’s “Tomboy,” 2009 Sundance award winner “Undertow” and Jamie Babbit-helmed lesbian drama “Itty Bitty Titty Committee.” Last month, Wolfe launched LGBT genre sections on YouTube Movies and Hulu.