Erick Opeka has been chosen to lead Cinedigm’s Digital Networks as president of the digital division.
Having served as the digital network’s EVP for the past four years, Opeka will now lead the strategy, development, launch and operations of the company’s growing roster of premium digital-first channels and products, which include the factual network Docurama; fandom lifestyle network CONtv; gaming and esports network Wham; the family friendly Dove Channel and Dove Kids; combat sports network Combat Go; Asian pop culture network Hallypop; and the Chinese entertainment channel Bambu.
During his time as EVP, Opeka oversaw the distribution of Cinedigm’s OTT networks online, as well as on mobile devices, gaming consoles and connected TVs. The industry veteran was integral in the development and launch of the company’s flagship digital first networks, further expanding its growth through partnerships with leading platforms such as Sling TV, XUMO and Twitch. Prior to assuming EVP duties, Opeka held the position of SVP of Global Digital, leading the distribution of Cinedigm’s 50,000+ hours of content, managing multi-platform distribution deals, sales and distribution, client management, content strategy, development and operations across all distribution channels.
“Erick Opeka has been an invaluable strategist and contributor to Cinedigm and the entertainment industry by creating and launching the absolute best in digital programming offerings, networks and services to the streaming landscape for over a decade,” said Chris McGurk, Cinedigm chairman and CEO. “Under Erick’s leadership, Cinedigm has built an unprecedented and impactful portfolio of nine digital-first networks from the ground up, and the partnerships he has helped secure have been a driving force in spreading Cinedigm’s content to top platforms across the globe. I cannot think of anyone better suited for this role, navigating the future creation and distribution of quality digital networks and streaming products.”
During his time working in the digital industry, Opeka has been named a Digital Driver seven times by Media Play News (formerly Home Media Magazine) and has spoken at multiple industry events including Sundance, NAB, CES, and IFP. Opeka also serves as the chair of the Entertainment Merchants Association’s OTT Growth Council, dedicated to advancing the interests of the $35 billion home entertainment industry.