Blog : Author : Chris Woolsey

  • Documentary “A Sister’s Call” Brings Mental Illness Into the Spotlight

    Beautiful documentary tells the story of one woman’s heroic battle to find her missing brother and restore his life ATLANTA, Georgia - A SISTER’S CALL, the award-winning documentary brilliantly directed by Rebecca Schaper and Kyle Tekiela, continues garnering prizes at film festivals around the country. A Sister’s Call can now be purchased online through Pivotshare and viewed on the web and across leading mobile and tablet devices. The film was produced by directors Schaper and Tekiela in association with Kartemquin Films, creators of the 1994 award-winning classic documentary, Hoop Dreams. Kartemquin Films served as an editorial consultant on the project, helping to mold the final product through their world-renowned KTQ Labs program. The group is also helping with outreach as the project moves forward.
  • Pivotshare Announces New Monetized Embeddable Player

    Pivotshare Announces Self-Service Embeddable Pay-Per-View Video Player Media startup creates a solution allowing filmmakers to offer their films as rentals on their own website and begin selling direct to audience COSTA MESA, Calif. - Today Pivotshare announced the public release of their new monetized embeddable video player. All of the benefits that users of the Pivotshare platform have come to expect from their online media channels are also available in the embeddable version, allowing filmmakers to sell directly to their audience from their own website. On top of being completely self-service, with no starting fees or monthly costs, there is another aspect to the platform that sets it apart from most other embeddable players on the marketplace. Customers can now experience a truly seamless payment experience.
  • How To Sell DVDs Online With Pivotshare

    How To Sell DVDs Online With Pivotshare

    You are a producer of digital media with a stack of DVDs with your name on the covers to prove it. Your videos sell well at events or at your place of business, but you know there is a larger audience out there for you to market to. The internet is filled with prospective customers that would purchase your videos if only there was a safe and easy way to do so. But what is the best way to sell DVDs online? There are several streaming media platform options out there, but only one that is self-service with no starting fees or monthly costs. The best way to sell DVDs online? Pivotshare makes the answer to that question very simple indeed.
  • The Video On Demand Revolution

    In the food chain of the entertainment industry, distributing a film on the internet used to rank just behind bargain theaters in seedy neighborhoods and only slightly in front of that guy selling bootlegs out of his trunk in the CostCo parking lot. But all of that has now changed. In August, the feature film, The Bachelorette starring Kirsten Dunst was released to iTunes as a video on demand offering one month before it was released to theatres nationwide. The result may change the way that films are distributed from this time forward. Filmmakers vividly understand that the current business model of film distribution stacks the deck against them. Every entity in the process takes a portion of the profits of their labor until in the end there is often little to nothing left for those who conceived the project to begin with. Recent advances in streaming technology offer a growing ray of hope to those who make films for a living. The studio system is also investigating the video on demand distribution method in a proactive attempt to reverse losses in ticket sales, increase profit margins, and meet a rising customer demand for affordable at-home viewing.
  • Pivotshare Helps Professionals Sell Monetized Media and Get Paid To Speak Every Day

    It is widely quoted that the average person fears public speaking more than they fear the idea of death. But for many professionals in the United States, being a public speaker is their career of choice. Whether the genre they communicate is business, motivational, faith, or a host of others, thousands of speakers travel around to every corner of our country to share their knowledge at one of the more than a half-million conferences of various types held every year. There is a wide spectrum of fees charged by speakers in every possible category. Celebrities, politicians, and sports notables often ask for fees that run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. On the flip side, there are many people, trying to break into the speaking world, who are happy to make an appearance for absolutely nothing. Many speakers supplement their speaking income by selling CDs and DVDs at the events at which they speak. In fact, a good portion of these professionals make more money from the sales of media than they do from the actual fees that they ask for speaking in the first place. But burning, labeling and mailing your DVDs to an event is not only time-consuming, but also incredibly costly to the bottom line. Shipping or hauling them across the country to sell at events is no easier. There has to be a better way to sell monetized media.

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