Sharpen your swords and ready your spells as the explosive fantasy film Mythica debuts as CONtv's first-ever original movie.

The first episode of a three-movie series, Mythica: A Quest For Heroes, will premiere March 31 exclusively on CONtv, the on-demand streaming channel celebrating all things Comic Con. Starring fan favorite Kevin Sorbo ("Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," "Gene Rodenberry's Andromeda"), the next two installments in the film trilogy, Mythica: The Darkspore and Mythica: The Necromancer will be released exclusively on CONtv later this year.

From sci-fi and action-adventure powerhouse Arrowstorm Entertainment, the CONtv original movie conjures a captivating world that mixes magic with explosive adventure. Directed by Anne K. Black ( The Crown and the Dragon), the first film Mythica: A Quest For Heroes also stars Melanie Stone ( Survivor), Jake Stormoen ( The Christmas Dragon), Nicola Posener ( Dawn of the Dragonslayer), and Adam Johnson ( Dragonfyre). With its stellar practical effects and the full visual effects of blockbuster genre films, Mythica garnered loyal fan support via a successful Kickstarter campaign.

" Mythica captures the thrill of the role-playing game experience: forming an underdog team of disparate heroes to win fortune and glory. It was made by true fans, for true fans," says Arrowstorm Executive Kynan Griffin. "Fan support from the Kickstarter campaign is a crucial driving force in the creation and success of the Mythica franchise."

Inspired by her Wizard mentor Gojun (Kevin Sorbo), Marek (Stone) escapes indentured servitude and overcomes physical limitations to hone her own mysterious powers. When the beautiful Priestess Teela (Posener) falls victim to a massive Ogre, Marek rallies a misfit team of adventurers, including Thane the Warrior (Johnson) and Dagen the Thief (Stormoen), to join her in a fight to save her sister and their Legacy.

"As this skillfully created, sweeping fantasy epic touches on the myths and legends that appear in some of the most popular role playing games, comics, video games, and more, Mythica is the perfect choice as CONtv's first original feature film," said Erick Opeka, EVP and GM for CONtv. "Everyone who served in the creation of the film are true fans of the genre, and we know that the Mythica trilogy will absolutely resonate with discriminating CONtv users."

"As an epic fantasy movie series, Mythica follows the tradition of Lord of the Rings, Narnia and Harry Potter. The studios have run out of fantasy blockbusters, and Mythica was made to keep fantasy thriving across the globe," says Arrowstorm Executive Jason Faller.

"So many fantasy stories, especially movies, are dominated by male protagonists. Mythica turns this convention on its head, featuring a strong and complex female hero in the lead. Exploring her story and relationships in a male-dominated fantasy universe makes Mythica compelling and unique," says Director Anne K. Black.

Mythica joins the growing slate of CONtv originals including Bruce Campbell's ( The Evil Dead) trivia game show " Last Fan Standing," the YouTubers vs. zombies spoof reality competition " Fight Of The Living Dead" and the adrenaline-fueled action series that follows original Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank, " My Morphing Life." With an ongoing commitment to debut fan-driven exclusive content, CONtv will be rolling out new and exclusive programming created by and for the fanspace on a monthly basis.

About Arrowstorm Entertainment

Founded in 2011, Arrowstorm Entertainment has quickly become the world's leading creator of fantasy and sci-fi films. As an independent studio, Arrowstorm has the freedom to create unique stories that capture the imaginations of true fans. Having produced 13 epic movies in just over 3 years, Arrowstorm is taking on the studios as an international powerhouse in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.

About CONtv

CONtv is a new digital entertainment network devoted exclusively to the fanspace that provides audiences access to thousands of hours of content showcasing an original slate of programming, as well as an eclectic catalog of over 2,500 must-watch titles. Everything from quirky original series, elusive cult films & television shows, celebrated genre movies encompassing sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, martial arts action, to exclusive live coverage of Comic Con events nationwide, all available on-demand either in a free, ad-supported format or a subscription-based model for premium content. CONtv is a partnership of Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), one of the nation's largest independent distributor of digital entertainment, and Wizard World, producers of the largest Comic Con Tour in the U.S. Together, they provide an unrivalled hub of content, community and conventions across the broad spectrum of devices including Android and Mac iOS, Roku Players and Roku TV, Samsung Smart TV, the web, and mobile and tablet devices. For more information, visit CONtv.com.

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