Problems

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE FILM INDUSTRY TODAY? 

The existing model of film distribution was created decades ago and hasn’t adapted well for the Internet age.

It suffers from several serious problems:

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1. Limited content availability

Changes in distribution technologies and consumers’ behavior result in falling number of films being sold to local distributors. If a film is not sold to a local distributor in a certain country or if it was sold in the past but the original license has expired, it’s not legally available for the audience there and can’t generate any revenues for its rights holders.

Then, why don't content owners make their films globally available online? Because, there are other problems. 

2. Lack of trust and transparancy

All the existing Video-On-Demand platforms control both the information and the cash flow, which puts content providers in a disadvantaged position. Content owners have no way of verifying any royalty reports provided by platforms and can only accept them without questioning.  

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3. Administrative burden

Royalty reporting and invoicing are complicated and time consuming – both for the platforms and the rights holders. This burden is especially heavy for independent companies with limited administrative resources. It also leaves a lot of room for human and machine errors.

4. Excessive monopolization and centralization

Today’s global VOD-market is strongly dominated by a handful of gigantic and highly centralized companies. They have full control of content promotion and visibility at their virtual stores and strongly prioritize the most current commercial mainstream fare from major studios, leaving more edgy, independent, classic, foreign language and other niche content lagging behind  

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Solutions

Can Blockchain-Video-On-Demand fix these problems?

CINEZEN is a decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace, which employs blockchain technology to revolutionize online film distribution:

  • 100% transparency and verifiable reporting
  • Direct access to permanent unchangeable transaction data
  • Every transaction is visible to the content owner in real time
  • Direct instant payments in ERC20-complient CNZ tokens from end-users to content rights holders
  • Revenue sharing is controlled by smart contracts and can’t be manipulated
  • Decentralized front-end with independently run stores
  • Anybody can set up their own VOD store at the CINEZEN marketplace
  • Rights holders keep full and complete control of their rights

Bringing back video stores

The world of independently run video stores flourished for a couple of decades before it was swept away by technological advances and replaced by a handful of Internet giants. This was an inevitable development but still a hard blow for rights holders who lost an essential source of revenues and a huge loss for the audience too. 

That is the loss that cinephiles face in the age of streaming movies: a curated library of movies, organized and archived and championed by clerks who love their work. It’s how Quentin Tarantino and many, many others got a film education. Can you get the same kind of access and immersion online? Just as importantly, can you find the community and the feedback that was an integral part of the video store experience?
-IndieWire 

CINEZNE revives the decentralized world of independent video stores and combines it with technical power and universal accessibility of online distribution.

Its front-end consists of unlimited number of stores managed by independent third parties. Each of these stores will have full access to our vast film catalogue and enjoy total creative and managerial freedom to curate and promote the content in any way they wish to attract their target audience.

Anybody who loves and knows cinema will be able to start their own unique CINEZEN store and become a “film distributor” to their friends and followers. 

All store owners become social media influencers and bring their own audience to the platform.

True decentralization

Users – Rightsholders

Any user can buy or rent films from any rightsholder which joins the marketplace. The rightsholder’s share of the revenue is paid by user directly to the rightsholder’s wallet.

Stores – Rightsholders

Every store can sell or rent any film available at the marketplace, according to the basic terms of the smart contract defined by the rightsholder. 

Users – Stores

Any user can enter any store and select those which suit them best. The store’s share of the revenues is paid to them automatically by the smart contract. Any user can start his or her own store.

Roadmap

Our strategic goals are outlined below. We are progressing at a high speed and so far, we are on schedule.

BETA sneak peak

We are launching the first ever Video-On-Demand platfrom, running on blockchain and we are very excited!

In the beta version you will be able to rent movies, paying with ether (ETH). This version is a Proof-Of-Concept for both the film industry and the crypto community as it demonstrates how the process works and helps film companies adapt to crypto economy. It also helps us to build a community of early adopters and to receive very valuable feedback from our first users.

Start watching movies on our Beta-version now and receive up to 80% cash-back in our PCNZ tokens (time-limited offer). Our preliminary PCNZ tokens will be automatically exchanged to CNZ tokens when we launch our token sale.

1 PCNZ = $0,10

Team

Sam Klebanov
Sam Klebanov

Sam Klebanov

CEO
About

Sam holds a degree in Applied Mathematics from Moscow University of Economics and Statistics. He moved to Gothenburg, Sweden in 1991 and worked as a software engineer and a CTO for several Swedish companies until 1996 when he started a film distribution company Maywin Media / Cinema Without Borders, which became a leading force of independent and arthouse film distribution in the territory of former USSR where it released over 600 films in the course of 20 years. Sam also produced and co-produced 5 motion pictures and hosted a prime-time TV show about modern and classic cinema.

Pavel Rabetski
Pavel Rabetski

Pavel Rabetski

CTO
About

Pavel holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a Masters degree in Software Engineering. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in different domains including the telecom industry. Before founding Cinezen, he worked for Telia Company developing one of the biggest VOD platforms in Scandinavia. Pavel is a blockchain enthusiast and member of the Gothenburg Ethereum community.

Staffan Lewin
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Staffan Lewin

CFO
About

Staffan is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience in audit and corporate finance including employment in one of the Big Four audit firms in Sweden. He holds a Master's Degree from Gothenburg School of Business Economics and Law. Staffan is also a co-author of several popular books monitoring business management and administration.

Evgenia Borisova

Evgenia Borisova

Head of content

Evgenia Borisova

Evgenia Borisova

Head of content
About

Evgenia holds a degree in Mathematics from Lomonosov Moscow State University and is now studying at The All-Russian state institute of cinematography. Before joining Cinezen she managed business processes reorganization projects and participated in launching of several international special projects in a large logistics company. Previous to that she worked as a strategic and operational consultant in one of the Big Four auditors company. Evgenia is a cinephile, when not watching movies she is talking about movies.

Erik Eger

Erik Eger

Head of marketing

Erik Eger

Erik Eger

Head of marketing
About

Erik is a writer/director of feature films, TV drama, commercials and a marketing strategist. Academic experience includes studies at NYU in directing, screenwriting at UCLA and radical innovation at MIT. His feature work has been theatrically released and distributed by major media channels and streaming services around the world. His commercial work has been awarded for creative excellence at festivals as The One Show, AEA, EPICA and Cannes Lions. As chief marketing strategist he has created strategies for brands like Volvo and the government agency Swedish Transport Administration.

Henrik Holmberg

Henrik Holmberg

Cloud and distributed systems specialist

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Henrik Holmberg

Cloud and distributed systems specialist
About

Henrik has over 10 years of experience as a developer, specializing in distributed systems architecture. Previously, he worked at the San Francisco startup NodePrime (acquired by Ericsson) handling security and database internals for the company’s hyperscale datacenter management platform. He was also part of the founding team that built Appspotr (publicly traded as APTR).

Alireza Tamadoni

Alireza Tamadoni

Head of business development

Alireza Tamadoni

Alireza Tamadoni

Head of business development
About

Alireza holds a Master of science in engineering degree from Chalmers University of Technology. He has more than 10 years of professional experience working in Telecom, Telematics and the Finance industry. Before joining Cinezen he worked for a 2.5 EUR BN hedge fund, responsible for development of a trading and execution system. Previous to that, Alireza worked as a senior development consultant for top tech companies like Volvo Group Connected Solutions and Ericsson.

Dzmitry Pamakha

Dzmitry Pamakha

Blockchain and back-end developer

Dzmitry Pamakha

Dzmitry Pamakha

Blockchain and back-end developer
About

Dzmitry has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Security and he got his Masters degree from Chalmers University of Technology. He has 10 years of working experience in top tech companies including Ericsson and Jeppesen where he work on comprehensive projects related to infrastructure and security.

Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund

Advisor

Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund

Advisor
About

Ruben Östlund is arguably the most internationally acclaimed contemporary Swedish film maker. His latest film “The Square” won Palm d’Or at 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe. His other accolades include Golden Globe nomination and Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard section at 2014 Cannes Film Festival for “Force Majeur”, FIPRESCI prize at 2008 Miami Film Festival for “Involuntary”, as well as Golden Bear for Best Short Film at 2010 Berlin Film Festival for ”Incident at a Bank”. His films won totally 14 Swedish national awards Guldbagge in various categories.

Nick Holdsworth

Nick Holdsworth

Advisor

Nick Holdswort

Nick Holdsworth

Advisor
About

Nick Holdsworth is a writer, journalist and filmmaker with 25 years’ experience of covering Russian and Eastern European affairs. He has served as Moscow correspondent for the (London) Sunday Telegraph, the (London) Times Higher Education Supplement and Eastern Europe correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter and also Variety. He is currently Moscow correspondent for France 24, the international French public TV channel. He divides his time between Moscow and Bristol, UK. A fluent Russian speaker, he has also lived in Prague and London.

Harris Tulchin

Harris Tulchin

Advisor

Harris Tulchin

Harris Tulchin

Advisor
About

Harris E. Tulchin is a veteran producer, author, studio executive, entertainment lawyer, and law professor, who has produced or executive produced over 15 motion pictures, co-authored a book considered one of the bibles of the motion picture industry entitled "The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide," and, as a graduate of Cornell University and Hastings Law School, has practiced entertainment law since 1978 and is a member of the California and Hawaii state bars.

Magnus Dufwa

Magnus Dufwa

Advisor

Magnus Dufwa

Magnus Dufwa

Advisor
About

Magnus is an ICO Advisor and Senior blockchain developer with experience from several successful blockchain projects. He has experience as an early advisor, and Lead developer (token, ICO and platform contracts) of the highly successful 30M$ ICO Shipchain, as well as token contract security auditor (for example DBCC token that rasied 16M$ presale), and ICO advisor for several other projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, it’s just like with the Internet - you don’t need to know technical details to use it. Buying films on CINEZEN will be as easy as on any other VOD platform. Or buying a cinema ticket online.

For every transaction CINEZEN will only receive a small technical fee. This fee will be fixed and not depending on the end-user’s price, as CINEZEN is not a part of the P2P sale, but merely a technology provider. The rest of the money will be split between the content owner and the sales point/store, as defined by the rights holder (we recommend 80/20).

Every end-user transaction will be instantly split, and every part paid directly. There will be no central body accumulating funds and no financial transaction between the platform, the stores and the content owners.

To stream or download the films the end-user will have to acquire CNZ-tokens, which will serve as a digital pass. Tokens can be easily acquired inside the platforms using all the usual means of payment or at independent online exchanges.

The share of revenue owed rights holders and stores will be paid to them directly by the end-users in tradable CNZ-tokens. These tokens can be sold back to the platform at any time or exchanged for any currency at independent online exchanges.

The rights holders may also elect to delegate handling of their token wallets to third parties, such as collection agencies that will accumulate their revenues, exchange them for any currency and transfer the funds to the rights holders’ traditional bank accounts.

Our goal is to make every film globally available but until this goal is reached CINEZEN will make every film available only in the territories where the distribution rights are licensed by respective rights holders. In all the other territories the film will be “invisible” to the audience.

Yes, we are using the best industry-standard DRM encryption integrated with blockchain and smart contracts. At the next stage of development, we are planning to introduce decentralized encryption that will take content protection to an unparalleled and currently non-existent level.

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Contact information

  • Address

    Cinezen Blockchained Entertainment AB, ASKIMS FORNBORGSVÄG 12B, 43642 ASKIM, SWEDEN

  • Phone

    +46 707 21 47 71

  • Email-id

    info@cinezen.io

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