The excitement and passion in the voice of film producer Delano Glass are unmistakable as he describes Moovietyme.com, a new venture under the umbrella of Moovietyme, LLC.
Glass, chief operating officer of Detroit-based Moovietyme, LLC, explains that Moovietyme.com is a subscription-based film company that allows people throughout the world to access and watch movies online, anytime and anyplace, using computers, smart phones and other compatible devices and platforms. The subscription is priced at $4.99 per month, or $50 per month.
Moovietyme.com, which was launched in September 2014, has hundreds of films the company has licensing to show.
“We have blockbuster films, as well as independent film in many genres, such as action, drama, family, martial arts, foreign and comedy. When people go to Moovietyme.com, they will see the many names and types of films available. Also, as an independent filmmaker myself, I’m happy that the company can provide a platform where other independent film makers can show their films on a national and international level.”
Glass pointed out that in addition to the United States, Moovietyme.com already has customers in Africa, especially Nigeria, as well as in India, known as Bollywood, for its major film industry. He expects other international locales to come on board with Moovietyme.com.
Moovietyme.com is set up along the lines of Netflix, there are several significant differences.
“One of the things that differentiates Moovietyme.com from Netflix is that Netflix doesn’t have live streaming,” said Glass. “They also don’t have pay-per-view. Those are just a couple of differences. Next year, Moovietyme.com will also begin streaming some of the nation’s hottest music concerts live. We are excited about the differences.”
Additionally, unlike Netflix, Moovietyme.com is owned and operated by African Americans, making it the nation’s first Black-owned subscription-based film company that provides movies for people to watch on line, anytime and anywhere.
Glass’ business partner, Bill McKinney III, Moovietyme, LLC’s CEO, is the creator and innovator of Moovietyme.com. McKinney, a native Detroiter, has been successful as a digital film and television distributor, film producer and consultant as he goes back and forth between Hollywood and Detroit.
“Bill actually had a dream about the concept of forming Moovietyme.com,” said Glass. “He told me about his awesome dream and his concept and asked me to come on board with him in partnership, which I did.”
Others connected in partnership with Moovietyme, LLC’s ventures are Amrya McKinney, Kapp Ivory, Shelton Martin, Lawrence Perry and Yvette Glass.
In addition to Moovietyme.com, Moovietyme, LLC is establishing Moovie-Box, a one-stop kiosk for people wanting to rent the latest DVDs and video games. It is similar to what Redbox has established.
Moovietyme, LLC’s launch of Moovie-Box will also be a first for a Black-owned company. Moovie-Box will start with one location in Detroit and another in Southfield before subsequent boxes are placed in Los Angeles, Atlanta and eventually other American cities.
While many of the aforementioned film projects are new, Glass’s association with the television and film industry is not. He began his television career in 2005 in Detroit, as host and producer of his own television program on Comcast called Real Entertainment Television, after learning much of his craft from RJ Watkins, founder and CEO of an African American-owned radio and television station in Detroit/Highland Park.
Glass also sites Henry Tyler, vice president under Watkins’ operations, as another mentor.
Under the auspices of Real Entertainment Films, Glass would go on to produce the independent film, “Why Do Men Cheat?” which was released in 2012. Shot in Detroit and Los Angeles, the film featured actress Cherie Johnson (“Punky Brewster,” “Family Matters”) and Sandra Denton, who is Pepa of the rap group Salt-N-Pepa.
Glass currently serves as executive producer for such soon-to-be-released independent films as “My Sister’s Keeper,” “Chain Paradise” and “A Father’s Pain.” He has also been tapped to produce the film “Bring Back Summertime” which was written by former Detroit Cass Tech High School teacher Jeanne Starr Gater. The film is scheduled for 2015 release.
While Glass has his plate full with current film projects, he and his business partners are also looking at movie scripts.
“Through Moovietyme, LLC, we want to begin doing independent films,” said the Highland Park High School graduate. “We want to do at least five each year. We will begin shooting the company’s first independent film in March of 2015. However, Moovietyme.com is very much a part of what we want to do on a global level, as it will serve as a platform for a world audience to see our and others’ films.”