Spout and MeDeploy partner to help independent filmmakers

Spout is always looking for two things: 1) Ways to make sure worthwhile films are seen by an audience, regardless of platform and 2) Like-minded partners to be working with.

That’s why today is such an exciting day. We’re thrilled to announce a partnership with online distribution site MeDeploy that gives independent filmmakers the ability to make sure their movies are available there. The best part is that by going through MeDeploy’s Spout partner page filmmakers can the usual setup fees waved.

But that’s actually step two. Step one for filmmakers is to make sure their film has a listing in the Spout database. To that end we’ve revamped and relaunched our Promote Your Film page. That page has a handful of tips on making sure you’re connected to and communicating with the Spout community and, if your movie isn’t already listed here, takes you to a form to fill out and get it added. That comes with the added benefit of giving your film an Macrovision identification number, something that helps the movie become listed in all the other databases Macrovision feeds information to and has its own array of benefits.

The two add up to be a great solution for independent filmmakers: Spout can help you connect with an audience and make people aware of the movie you’ve made. MeDeploy helps your film be seen, which ultimately is the goal of any filmmaker.

The full press release announcing both the MeDeploy partnership and the relaunch of the Promote Your Film page is available after the jump.

–Chris Thilk, Director of Marketing

Spout.com and MeDeploy.com Help Independent Filmmakers Promote and Distribute Movies

Grand Rapids, MI (January 7, 2009) – Just as the internet altered almost every aspect of the music industry—from consumption to distribution—a similar change is now coming to the film world.  Spout.com, one of the Internet’s leading movie discussion, news and information sites, has announced a partnership with MeDeploy.com to offer independent filmmakers the opportunity to both connect with an audience and now, with MeDeploy, allow that audience to purchase and download the filmmaker’s movie directly from Spout.com.

Working with MeDeploy, Spout will give filmmakers the ability to distribute their films at the point of discovery—the Spout website. Filmmakers interested in making their films available to purchase and download from Spout.com need only a MeDeploy account which is free for all indie filmmakers and allows the filmmaker to add download sales to Spout.com with a single click of a button.

Spout.com then lets the movie find its audience. By connecting with Spout members and sharing interests, movie recommendations and more, filmmakers can leverage Spout’s position as the leading gathering spot for an audience that is not only passionate about movies in general, but passionate about embracing the movies they love and making sure they’re exposed to others that they will likewise embrace and champion.

As part of the partnership announcement, Spout has unveiled its re-launched Promote Your Film page at Spout.com/PromoteYourFilm (www.spout.com/promoteyourfilm). Using that tool filmmakers can make sure their film has a listing in Spout’s database and, if it’s not, have it added. The Promote Your Film page also contains tips and tricks on how to maximize the reach into the Spout community.

“We’re thrilled to be working with MeDeploy,” says Spout COO Bill Holsinger-Robinson. “The Internet increasingly allows for a flat distribution playing field and for like-minded people to connect around mutual interests in communities of their own design. This partnership between Spout and MeDeploy takes advantage of both of those. We’re sure that this will be of tremendous value to filmmakers with worthwhile movies looking for an audience.”

“MeDeploy.com is excited to partner with Spout” says Christian Taylor CEO of MeDeploy, “With MeDeploy’s distribution tools and the large audience of movie fans at Spout.com, the combination is a dream come true for filmmakers looking to breakthrough to an audience.”

About Spout.com

Spout.com (http://www.spout.com) is the premier online destination for film lovers and film discussion.  Featuring up-to-date news, trailers, reviews, podcasts, festival info, and vibrant forums where users can discuss and debate the best in film, the worst in film, and everything in-between; the mission of Spout.com is to connect movie-lovers with more films they are likely to love.  Whether it’s big budget blockbusters, independent releases or foreign films, Spout.com has a recommendation for you

About MeDeploy

MeDeploy enables the film industry to launch digital distribution across websites, social networks, blogs or anywhere else, opening new and untapped revenue streams. MeDeploy’s powerful yet easy to use distribution features allows digital video sales to be added anywhere around the net, closing the divide between content and consumers. For more information, please visit http://www.medeploy.com.

By Chris Thilk

Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist with over 15 years of experience in online strategy and content marketing. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.