On Demand Weekly (ODW) is the first and only online publication and email newsletter dedicated to the rising Video On Demand (VOD) consumer market. With so many VOD programming options available to the digital cable subscriber, the messaging and choices can be confusing. ODW simplifies it by offering an online destination and free email newsletter to help consumers make decisions on what to watch on VOD.
On Demand Weekly was founded in 2009 in Silicon Valley by Britt Bensen and Doug Turner, two former marketing executives who first met at Miramax Films during the independent film hey day in the mid ‘90s. Known for recognizing the next wave in consumer behavior throughout their careers, Britt and Doug have 20+ years of experience, industry ties and a great enthusiasm for TV & Film.
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Britt is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of On Demand Weekly. He is the former head of Affiliate Marketing and VOD for Sundance Channel. Prior to Sundance Channel, Britt worked for Miramax Films and BMI. He currently resides in the SF Bay Area and is a big SF Giants fan
Doug is a co-founder of On Demand Weekly, Doug brings his talents to Bay Area after his beginning his career at Miramax Films and running marketing at Dennis Publishing’s Stuff and Maxim magazines. When not overseeing PR and the Movies On Demand category for ODW, he is spending as much time as he can with his wife and their two young daughters.
Joe Charnitski is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. His career in film and television production, development and marketing has included stops at Miramax Films, Syfy and VH1. He currently works at a entertainment focused social media marketing agency in New York City.
Chris Claro reviews Independent Films for On Demand Weekly. He is a former Director of Promotion for Sundance Channel and now works as a writer, producer, and media educator in New York. He is a regular contributor to dvdverdict.com and contributor to the Eyes and Ears section of huffingtonpost.com.
Nick DeNinno is a producer based in Carlsbad, CA with practical experience in all phases of new media, content development, video production, television, and film. DeNinno is also an adviser and a programming resource to many universities who operate student-run television stations. DeNinno has launched several emerging and web television channels including National Lampoon's College Channel, Burly TV on TBS and Toga!. He is a member of the Producers Guild. @nickdeninno | @nickodw.
Cynthia Kane reviews documentaries for On Demand Weekly. She is a writer and Sr Programming Manager for [ ITVS], overseeing the International Initiative for funding in their SF office. Prior she's had many incarnations from actor to writer to producer. She co-created DOCday on Sundance Channel
Sky McCarthy is a recent Stanford graduate and major television enthusiast currently working in New York City. Sky digs deep to cover the music on demand category for On Demand Weekly.
Adam Schartoff is a Brooklyn-based film programmer and radio personality. He founded Filmwax (www.filmwax.com), a film series whose events take place in Brooklyn & Manhattan. He also hosts a weekly radio show, Filmwax Radio (www.bboxradio.com/filmwax-radio), which is hosted by the community radio website, BBoxRadio.com (www.bboxradio.com).
Amy Slotnick works as an independent producer and freelance consultant to film financing start-ups in New York City. Previously, she was a Senior VP of Production at Miramax Films. Amy reviews new independent films for On Demand Weekly.
Jean Tait writes about the best of Premium TV On Demand for On Demand Weekly. She is the Director of Programming for the Connecticut Film Festival, Jean has programmed for the Jacksonville Film Festival and Sundance Channel. Jean makes New York City her home.
T Tara writes the “VOD Hidden Gem” column for On Demand Weekly. She is a writer living in LA, her work having appeared on the stages of Ensemble Studio Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center, on screen in various film festivals and on the page in anthologies including "X24".
Kate Asche Wilson is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Kate lives in Los Gatos, CA.
Larry Aidem is President & CEO of Iconic.TV. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of Sundance Channel LLC. In addition to his ongoing responsibility for all of the networks business and creative activity, Mr. Aidem worked closely with the Channels three owners (NBC Universal, CBS and Robert Redford) on strategy development including the successful sale of the Channel to Cablevision in May 2008.
Edward Burns gained international recognition for his first feature film THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN, which won the 1995 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury prize. He also has acted in blockbuster hits such as SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and 27 DRESSES. His most recent films, NICE GUY JOHNNY and NEWLYWEDS were released via a multi-platform digital distribution plan. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Mark Pellington is a music video / TV director and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He directed videos for bands such as De La Soul, Pearl Jam, The Foo Fighters and Bruce Springsteen. In March of ’06, Mark traveled to South America to direct the U2 3D concert film. A longtime collaborator with Bono and U2, Pellington and co-director, Catherine Owens, broke new cinematic ground for both cameras and technology. His feature film directing credits include GOING ALL THE WAY, ARLINGTON ROAD and most recently I MELT WITH YOU.
Doug Pray is best known for his critically acclaimed and award winning feature-length documentary films about American subcultures. His work includes ART & COPY a film about advertising which premiered at Sundance 2009, SCRATCH about hip-hop DJs, and, HYPE!,” about the early ‘90s Seattle music scene. Doug resides in Los Angeles.
Our friend, colleague and Advisory Board member Graham Leggat (Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society), passed away August 25, 2011. It is a loss not just to ODW, but to SF, the film community and his family. Below is a link to words honoring Graham at his memorial service. Remembering Graham Leggat at the Palace of Fine Arts: Peter Coyote's Address