Cinémoi is a television network focusing on film, fashion and international style. It was available in the United States on DirecTV and is now broadcast on Verizon FiOS and Frontier, Channel 236. Originally the channel was dedicated to screening subtitled French movies from the New Wave onwards. And its premium programming currently gives viewers front row seats to an assortment of international titles and festivals, curated vintage to modern movies, as well as green and haute couture content, and an array of glamorous events, including the Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet and Closing Ceremony, and the channel's annual International Fashion Film Awards show.
Cinémoi was founded in 2009 by Oliver Bengough of Mint Entertainment. British broadcaster Jonathan Ross joined Cinémoi in December 2010, becoming the channel's creative director and minority shareholder.
Olly Bengough and Cinémoi formed a joint venture with Daphna Edwards Ziman and Rod Sherwood of Multi Vision Media (MVM) to launch Cinémoi in North America on September 17, 2012, broadcasting to over 20 million households, as the first network on DirecTV dedicated to film, fashion, and lifestyle.
The official launch party was held at the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.
Subsequently, Cinémoi began broadcasting on Verizon/FiOS on January 27, 2014, and has been airing as well on Frontier Communications since April 1, 2016. It’s also likely to launch on additional cable, satellite and streaming platforms in the upcoming year.
Until December 2012, Cinémoi aired in the United Kingdom.
Cinémoi originally screened subtitled French movies for an English-speaking audience. Films were programmed across all genres and periods, from silent films to titles recently released in cinemas. Then in 2011 Cinémoi diversified its content to include fashion and lifestyle programs. The channel also curated seasons on specific actors, directors and themes, such as François Truffaut, Daniel Auteuil and femme fatales. And it won the Cartier Trophy for Intercultural Business Excellence by the French Chamber of Commerce in 2010, and the Coup De Coeur trophy from the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
Cinémoi North America offers daily afternoon and evening movies — ranging from CinéDrama, CinéEpics, CinéMidnight and CinéRomance to CinéFilmNoir, CinéGreen, CinéIcons and CinéRebels. Some of the films that have aired on the U.S. channel are Alegria, featuring Oscar-winner Frank Langella; Contempt, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance; Dangerous Beauty with Jacqueline Bisset and Naomi Watts; Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Earth from Above; Fellini: I’m A Born Liar, directed by Damian Pettigrew; Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson; Gilda and Lady from Shanghai, featuring Rita Hayworth; Redacted, directed by Brian De Palma; Roman Polanski’s Repulsion starring Catherine Deneuve; and Two Lovers, with a cast headed by Gwyneth Paltrow and Joaquin Phoenix.
In addition, the U.K. late night talk show, the Jonathan Ross Show, debuted on Cinémoi N. America on December 24, 2012. Guests have included David Beckham, Sandra Bullock, Eminem, Gordon Ramsay, Justin Timberlake, and Oprah Winfrey.
Also, beginning in the Fall 2015 Cinémoi began broadcasting three dramatic series: Falcon, based on the bestselling novels of crime writer Robert Wilson; Lucan, the true story of an aristocrat living a dark life beneath a polished public image; and Underbelly: Razor, set in the crime culture of Sydney, Australia during the roaring ’20s and ’30s.
On July 27, 2014, Cinémoi produced its 1st International Fashion Film Awards show (IFFAs) at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Hosted by Jonathan Ross and actress/singer Jordin Sparks, the ceremony honored the best fashion film shorts from around the world and the talent who created and starred in them. Joan and Melissa Rivers were among the icons recognized that year, for the way their E! show, Live From The Red Carpet, changed the way in which fashion is seen and packaged on television. The IFFAs also featured several live performances, including Cirque du Soleil’s avant-garde Couture Runway Presentation filled with fashion from their shows in Las Vegas, and the World Premiere of the single “Miss Incredible” by singer/songwriter Mark Ballas, of Dancing with the Stars. Presenters included Lance Bass, Tyson Beckford, and Kristin Cavallari. And the show was a ‘Finalist Award Winner’ in the 2015 New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films Competition.
The 2nd IFFAs took place on October 25, 2015, also at the Saban, and were hosted by ABC’s Dancing With the Stars champion Cheryl Burke and former star of E!’s Fashion Police, George Kotsiopoulous. The Supremes were presented the Timeless Icon Award, and founding member Mary Wilson accepted on behalf of the group before singing “I am Changing” and “You Can’t Hurry Love.” Additionally, there was a tribute to the 20th anniversary of the pop culture film, Clueless, a “Next Generation” Icon award given to X Factor contestant singer-songwriter Eden xo, and the ‘Stylist of the Year’ honor went to Johnny Wujek, the stylist behind Katy Perry, and a past judge on America’s Next Top Model.