From VidAngel CEO – My kids can’t wait for this

Last year, I watched a 20 minute episode of a TV show called “The Chosen” that completely captivated me and brought me to tears. We put it on our platform, and it became the most-watched program in our history. It also went viral on social media with impact all over the world. I have now personally invested to turn it into VidAngel’s first original series as have over 1,200 other people so far.†

A quick note about season one…Our family of eight now spans a broad range from 1 to 15 years old, and I’ve had a hard time finding something that everyone will enjoy reading together. However, The Chosen team allowed me early access to the first four scripts of the season. As I started to read one to the younger children, I smiled as their older siblings overheard and then joined us. Our entire family cannot wait to watch this series together.

If you haven’t seen the pilot, you simply must check it out! (be sure to click on “Watch Pilot”)

Sincerely,

Neal Harmon, Co-founder & CEO

 

 

†NOTE: VidAngel Studios is a business line of VidAngel, Inc. Neither VidAngel Studios nor VidAngel, Inc., are licensed or registered as a securities broker-dealer, funding portal or investment advisor. Neither will act, or be compensated, as a placement agent for any potential investment. Securities will ONLY be offered through a licensed, FINRA member securities broker-dealer. Further, VidAngel Inc. and VidAngel Studios do NOT guarantee the success of any funding effort or of any production generally.

How “Disney vs VidAngel” Fits into the History of Film

I’ve received so many inquiries about the status of the lawsuit against VidAngel that I prepared a video update for all who have interest.

Significant Developments in the Disney  Lawsuit:

  • Jul ‘15 – VidAngel asked Disney to collaborate – launched service in Aug
  • Jun ‘16 – Disney sued VidAngel calling VidAngel “Pirates”
  • Dec ‘16 – Los Angeles Court issued a Preliminary Injunction
  • Jun ‘17 – VidAngel launched a new technology for filtering Netflix/Amazon
  • California courts would not address whether new technology was lawful and said to sue for declaratory relief
  • Aug ‘17 – VidAngel filed a declaratory relief lawsuit in Utah for new tech
  • Aug ‘17 – 9th Circuit Upheld the Preliminary Injunction
  • Oct ‘17 – VidAngel filed for Chapter 11 protection in Utah to pause the California litigation and focus on improving its new technology for Netflix and Amazon
  • Disney unsuccessfully asked the Utah bankruptcy court to dismiss VidAngel’s Chapter 11 filing
  • All legal proceedings now pending rulings by the Utah federal district court

Again, we want to thank our customers and investors for their patience and all their support. 

Onward and upward,

 

 

 

 

 

Neal Harmon

Co-founder & CEO

 

Sources:

The Renegade Roots of Hollywood Studios (read more)

Thomas Edison and the Kinetoscope by Haneiro Perez (read more)

Motion Picture Patents Company (read more)

Thomas Edison Drove the Film Industry to California (read more)

Independent Moving Pictures (read more)

A hundred years ago, one Hollywood studio was a great, safe place for a woman to work (read more)

United States v. Motion Picture Patents Co. (read more)

Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc. (read more)