PHOENIX and LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OWNZONES, an online content creator, aggregator and paid distribution platform has expressed interest in partnering with Sony Pictures to release The Interview, a satire that depicts journalists instructed to eliminate a foreign dictator and film that has caused a global debate around censorship, to a worldwide audience. The OWNZONES platform has a robust infrastructure in place with a proven record of streaming feature-length content to a broad audience.
"This incident extends way beyond a film and is now a matter of freedom of speech," said Dan Goman, Founder and President of OWNZONES, in a statement today. "The ability for everyone to express themselves without constraint and across any format is at the core of my being and the company I've built. This is a deeply personal issue and one I am passionate about. My father was a university professor in communist Romania and was fired for speaking out against the regime; leaving him with no income and years of abuse and intimidation at the hands of the government. In an effort to find a better life, my parents sought refuge in the U.S. Thank God the states granted them asylum, otherwise I might not be here today. The events surrounding the release of "The Interview" have parallels to my family's pursuit of free speech. We, as individuals, an industry and a country, need to unite to show courage and demonstrate a zero -tolerance policy against tyrants. Many brave women and men have risked their lives fighting for our freedoms and we must not take this for granted."
OWNZONES' secure platform would enable viewers across the world to watch the film online, on handheld devices or on their TV screen with a streaming media player. OWNZONES would leverage its established distribution platform and develop a shared revenue structure with Sony Pictures for the release and in effort to further propel this mission, OWNZONES promises to work with Sony to donate a portion of OWNZONES' proceeds from streaming the film - above and beyond operational costs - to a charity that supports free speech.
"OWNZONES understands the value in paying for quality content and the team is passionate about pushing boundaries, innovating and bringing compelling experiences to its audience," said Goman. "We view this as an opportunity to work with other leaders in the industry to express the importance of freedom of speech and to combat oppressors. We want to play a part in ensuring everyone has an open platform for creative expression."
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