Over the past year I have been working on handing the ownership and financial reins of CHUD.com over to new company and I’m glad to say that it’s finally all done and official. Bigfoot Entertainment is the majority owner of CHUD.com. Bigfoot’s a fresh new independent entertainment company with reach in the film school world, filmmaking world, modeling world, and movie theater world and a fun company just beginning to reach out there to the masses. Based in Asia, it’s a fun group of folks who have made it possible for us folks to continue bringing the Sewer to you without interruption. As many of you know, it’s been a rough stretch for the site, but we’re through it now and hope to focus on doing what we do best: Being jerks.
How it’ll affect you in your regular visiting is minimal. We’ll be adding a Bigfoot Portal to the site so “Mr. Bigfoot” himself can share with you fun stuff in their world. But otherwise I’ll continue to be running CHUD (and GUYcom, which is a wholly Bigfoot owned site) as I see fit. Some of you will be happy about that and others will grumble!
Either way, it’s good news and it’ll be nice to have the ability for them to share what they’ve got cooking and allow us to cover movies and be a happy family. And it’ll allow me to focus on writing, which I need to be doing.
Here’s the press release, though the traffic numbers I don’t have much faith in. We went by Google Analytics, but frankly if traffic was all I cared about we’d run more Twilight and Glee nonsense:
Bigfoot Entertainment Acquires Cult Film Website CHUD.com
May 19, 2011
LOS ANGELES – May 19, 2011 - Bigfoot Entertainment Inc. is now the chief financial backer of www.CHUD.com, a website chronicling the latest news and events in the film industry, after a year-long effort of laying the foundation for the merger. As CHUD.com’s main supporter, Bigfoot, an international production company that develops films for the global marketplace, will further the site’s development and expand its presence in the film industry. The site receives nearly 600,000 unique visitors per month.
“With all of Bigfoot’s resources and headway in the film industry, being under its ever-expanding umbrella is one of the smartest and most forward-thinking moves we have made as a company,” said Nick Nunziata, founder, publisher and editor of CHUD.com. “Bigfoot always has something creative up its sleeve and an ambition that’s very contagious. We’re excited to become a part of that as they build on their already great foundation.”
Short for “Cinematic Happenings Under Development,” CHUD.com focuses on in-depth reviews of recently released films, and interviews of actors, actresses, directors and other industry notables. It also provides news, rumors and scoops on upcoming projects and has one of the most robust communities on the net. As part of the agreement, CHUD.com will become a conduit for Bigfoot’s projects, with plans for a dedicated portal on the site’s homepage, which will link to information about its films, companies, acquisitions, film schools and other ongoing initiatives.
“Acquiring the site is a creative decision that will be mutually advantageous to both CHUD.com and Bigfoot,” said Kacy Andrews, CEO of Bigfoot Entertainment. “The site has an almost cult-like following and we are poised and eager to tap into this market to grow our following of film-lovers on an even greater scale.”
CHUD.com recently covered Bigfoot’s first theatrical release, “Deep Gold,” an action-adventure flick that debuted in select theaters nationwide last month. For more information on Bigfoot, please visit www.bigfoot.com.
CHUD.com was one of the first wave of popular privately owned and operated movie websites in the late 1990’s who forged a relationship with its audience based on love of film, a sense of humor, and a unique perspective on the business. Over the years “The Sewer,” its staff and the “Chewers” who read it have forged a relationship that has led to countless special events, television appearances, scoops and discussions that elevate the concept of what a website can be and to this day still operates with the belief that the best is still ahead.
About Bigfoot Entertainment, Inc. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Los Angeles with studios in Cebu, Philippines, Bigfoot Entertainment is an international entertainment company producing independent films for the global marketplace. The company finances and develops feature films and reality TV shows. Bigfoot Entertainment produces many of its projects at Bigfoot Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary that encompasses six sound stages and on-site state-of-the-art post-production facilities. For more information, visit www.bigfoot.com.
Onward and upward!