IVORY TOWER debuts on Digital HD/VOD on 9/16 and Blu-ray/DVD on 9/30





Grand Jury Prize Nominee at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Debuts on
Digital HD and VOD September 16, 2014


Film Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 30


Ivory Tower combo pack box art

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – IVORY TOWER, CNN Films’ critically-acclaimed documentary about the American higher education system at a crisis point, makes its home media debut when it arrives on Digital HD and VOD September 16, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution in association with Participant Media.  The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 30.  Director Andrew Rossi’s (Page One: Inside the New York Times) hard-hitting documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

As tuition spirals upward and student debt passes a trillion dollars, students and parents ask, “Is college worth the cost?”  Rossi asks the critical question about the value of higher education, revealing how colleges have come to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning.  IVORY TOWER explores the current education crisis from the halls of Harvard, to community colleges, to online learning, providing what the New York Times calls “an astonishingly thorough tour of the university landscape.”

A must-see for every parent and student facing the daunting task of selecting—and paying for—college, IVORY TOWER will be available to download or stream at all major digital stores prior to its debut on Blu-ray and DVD.

Participant Media, which has a long-term commitment to focusing on the importance of education, mounted a social action campaign around the theatrical release of IVORY TOWER to support affordable higher education. Participant’s campaign, in concert with The Higher Ed Not Debt Coalition, will continue in support of the home media release.  Visit www.takepart.com/ivorytower for more information.



The IVORY TOWER Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The Blu-ray includes the following:


  • Feature film in high definition
  • Q&As from the film’s opening weekend
  • Deleted Scenes



The IVORY TOWER DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

About Paramount Home Media Distribution

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for certain DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.


About Participant Media

Participant (participantmedia.com) is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing and digital content that inspires social change. Participant’s more than 55 films include Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., Waiting for ‘Superman’, The Help, Contagion and Lincoln. Participant, uniquely, launches campaigns that bring together government entities, foundations, schools, and others to raise awareness and drive people to take action on issues from each film or television show. Pivot (Pivot.tv), the company’s television network, is available in 45 million homes, serving passionate Millennials (18-34) with a diverse slate of talent and a mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Participant’s digital network, TakePart (TakePart.com), is a leading source of socially relevant news, opinion, entertainment and information about ways to get involved with the issues that shape our lives. Through its films, social action campaigns, digital network, and its television network, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.



Street Date:                      September 16, 2014 (Digital & VOD)

                                             September 30, 2014 (Blu-ray & DVD)

SRP:                                     $26.99 (Blu-ray)

$21.99 (DVD)

Runtime:                            90 minutes

U.S. Rating:        PG-13 for some suggestive and partying images

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