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‘The Chosen’ is pioneering an innovative delivery method with potentially groundbreaking implications for content creators, particularly faith-based ones.
By Emily Jashinsky, The Federalist, Feb. 17, 2020
Emily Jashinsky is culture editor at The Federalist. …
“The Chosen” is both an app and a television series. It is both the largest ever crowdfunded entertainment project, and a Christian program about the life of Jesus. It’s also flying under Hollywood’s radar. That’s quite alright by creator Dallas Jenkins, who says his team’s outsider status allows the show “to be really nimble.”
Besides developing a TV series, Jenkins and “The Chosen” team have developed an innovative delivery method with potentially groundbreaking implications for content creators, particularly faith-based ones. That’s because it circumvents Hollywood’s financing and distribution systems, as Jenkins told me in a Wednesday interview. Arriving at a time Christians feel increasingly alienated by Big Tech and the entertainment industry, “The Chosen” may have finally found the key to bypassing industry gatekeepers.
Jenkins, son of “Left Behind” co-author Jerry B. Jenkins, says the show has not been approached by any studios or networks, despite crashing past previous crowdfunding records set by “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and “Veronica Mars,” both of which raised around $5 million. “The Chosen” has raised more than $10 million, thanks to contributions from more than 19,000 donors. Distributed by VidAngel, the series uses a method called equity crowdfunding in its money-raising efforts. …