Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Announces New Programming for Crackle for August





Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Announces New Programming for Crackle for August
Highlights include the launch of “The Uncommon History of Very Common Things” on August 19.
[via press release from Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment]
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Announces New Programming for Crackle for August

Mix of Hollywood Blockbusters, Award-Winning Indies, Classic TV and Hand-Picked Exclusive and Original Content

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, today announced the upcoming content releases for Crackle for August.

The three primary Crackle Plus networks, Crackle, Popcornflix, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, are rolling out to new distribution touch points on up to 41 platforms on an ongoing basis as either AVOD or FAST channels. The Crackle Plus networks are currently distributed through 49 touch points in the U.S. with plans to expand to 64 touch points including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

New Crackle AVOD Exclusive

Skyfire (August 1st), A young scientist (Hannah Quinlivan) invents a cutting-edge volcanic warning system and returns to the tropical island where her mother tragically died, hoping she can prevent future deaths. The island is now home to the world’s only volcano theme park and resort, the brainchild of its reckless owner Jack (Jason Isaacs). Chaos soon erupts when the once dormant volcano starts to rumble. It’s a battle with nature to get off the island while fiery death and destruction rains down from the mountain.

Dragged Across Concrete (August 1st), Once two overzealous cops (Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn) get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their proper compensation.

Bent (August 1st), In this searing crime-thriller, a discredited cop (Karl Urban) hunting for his partner’s killer accidentally uncovers a deadly government conspiracy tied to a woman’s car-bomb murder.

Colonia (August 1st), In the heat of the 1973 Chilean military coup, a young woman’s (Emma Watson) desperate search for her abducted boyfriend (Daniel Brühl) draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, an ex-Nazi cult from which no one has ever escaped. Inspired by true events.

Redemption (August 1st), A damaged ex-special forces soldier (Jason Statham) navigating London’s criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity.

Darktide (August 1st), A traumatized shark expert (Halle Berry) must battle her own fears to lead a thrill-seeking businessman (Oliver Martinez) on a dive into a dangerous section of water known as “Shark Alley.”

New Crackle Original

The Uncommon History of Very Common Things (August 19th), Think you know your history? You haven’t heard the whole story….Did you know that high heels date back to Ancient Egypt? And what do chocolate bars have to do with the invention of the microwave oven? Each half-hour episode of The Uncommon History of Very Common Things examines the unknown, sometimes shocking, often irreverent, and always entertaining history of the everyday items that make up our lives. Using archival photos, animation, and a healthy dose of humor, each half-hour episode is made up of three stories loosely linked on a theme.

New Crackle Channels for August

Watching the Detectives (August 1st), Shine up your badge and sharpen your senses because Crackle has assembled all the usual suspects in the world of hard-boiled detective stories. Reset the scales of justice with such two-fisted tales as Dragged Across Concrete (Mel Gibson, Michael Jai White), In Too Deep (Omar Epps, LL Cool J), Bent (Andy Garcia, Sofia Vergara), and Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (Tom Selleck).

Saturday Morning Cartoons (August 1st), Crackle has all your favorite Saturday morning animated classics ready for your viewing pleasure. Get your blood-sugar up with sweet titles like The Karate Kid, Jackie Chan Adventures, The Real Ghostbusters, and Men In Black: The Series.

Epic Adventures and Enormous Disasters (August 1st), Get ready for both action and adventure with such titles as The Core (Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart), Cleopatra (Leonor Varela, Billy Zane), Earthsea (Shawn Ashmore, Kristin Kreuk), and Dinotopia (Wentworth Miller, Katie Carr)!

Faith-Based Content Powered by Truli (August 1st), Faith-based titles powered by Truli include Uncommon (Ben Davies, Stacey Bradshaw), Overcome (Aaron Brown, Jaycee Lynn), Virtuous (Erik Estrada, Erin Bethea), and Healed By Grace (Tommy Beardmore, April Oberlin).

Summer Mixtape (August 1st), Get your dancing shoes on for titles like Blue Hawaii (Elvis Presley), Bye Bye Birdie (Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke), Mr. Rock n’ Roll: The Alan Freed Story (Judd Nelson, David Gianopoulos), and Rock Around the Clock (Bill Haley, The Platters)

New Crackle Spotlight Titles in August

Wind River (August 1st), A veteran hunter (Jeremy Renner) helps an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.

Benson (August 1st), Longtime butler to the Tate family Benson DuBois is asked to maintain order in the household of a widowed and scatter-brained Governor Eugene Gatling.

Kill ‘Em All (August 1st), When a mysterious stranger arrives at a local hospital on the brink of death, an FBI interrogation (Jean Claude Van Damme) unlocks an international plot of revenge.

Hazel (August 1st), A sassy, funny and energetic live-in maid/housekeeper (Shirley Booth) runs her employers’ household with a little havoc, a lot of style and a lot more laughter.

The Temptations (August 1st), The true story behind the legendary Motown musical sensation is brought to life in this touching miniseries.

Seabiscuit (August 1st), True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Game of Silence (August 1st), Five best friends have a dark secret they thought was buried 25 years ago, but they soon discover that you can’t hide your past forever.

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (August 1st) Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. Enjoy all three classic Naked Gun titles on Crackle this month!

Doctor, Doctor (August 1st), After completing their Harvard medical schooling and residencies, four doctors get together to set up their own partnership in Providence, Rhode Island.

ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted, APlus.com and Halcyon Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this press release, and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those risks set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.



“Going from Broke” Exceeds 1 Million Views on Crackle in Just 10 Days





“Going from Broke” Exceeds 1 Million Views on Crackle in Just 10 Days
Episode 1 alone has already been viewed over 600,000 times.
[via press release from Crackle]
Going From Broke Exceeds 1 Million Views on Crackle in Just 10 Days

Season 2 Total Viewers Exceed Season 1 By Over 25%

COS COB, CT – June 01, 2021 – Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, today announced that the award-winning series Going From Broke, the Crackle original from executive producer Ashton Kutcher and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, has driven over 1 million total views since the May 20th launch of episode 1 of season 2. Episode 1 alone has already been viewed over 600,000 times. Unlike last season in which 10 episodes were released at once, this season’s episodes are being released one episode at a time. Despite that fact, views are up over 32% over last season’s first 10 days.

The six-episode season is hosted by Chegg chief executive officer Dan Rosensweig and co-hosted by entrepreneur and financial expert Tonya Rapley. In this season of Going From Broke, six new cast members drowning in massive debt get help from inspirational guests and financial experts to overcome their financial struggles. The inspirational guests include executive producer Ashton Kutcher, Airbnb co-founder and chief executive officer Brian Chesky, co-founder of Resy, Empathy Wines and VaynerX Gary Vaynerchuk, actor David Costabile (Lincoln, Billions, Breaking Bad), award-winning entrepreneur, investor, and bestselling author Kim Perell, Andi Kirkegaard of Kirkie Cookies and the founder of The Scholarship System Jocelyn Paonita Pearson.

The series puts a spotlight on an epidemic of huge proportions. As a nation, over 44 million Americans collectively owe a whopping $1.5 trillion in federal student loan debt, a number that grows each year and is second only to mortgage debt in America. Upon graduation, those entering the professional world face mounds of bills, a shrinking pool of employment opportunities, a lack of financial skills and a constant, crippling weight of oppression keeping them from reaching for their dreams, all of which was made even worse by the pandemic.

“I am very happy to see that our award-winning series has returned for season 2 and is doing even better than last year. Like season 1, the series should be a great success for our network,” said William J. Rouhana Jr., chief executive officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. Mr. Rouhana continued, “It’s clear, based on the incredible engagement with the series, that there is a strong need for content and support around personal finance. Our company is proud to be a part of bringing solutions to hard working young people who are trying to improve their lives and financial situations.”

Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus, said, “We’re delighted with the unprecedented viewer response to this new season.” Mr. Guelton added, “Going From Broke remains incredibly relevant and relatable and clearly resonates with our millennial consumers. This season’s innovative format and weekly rollout adds much more depth to the series. Going From Broke continues our rich slate of new original series and exclusive movies at Crackle as we look to serve our audience with series that are unique, entertaining and inspiring.”

Season one of Going From Broke, which launched in October of 2019, is currently available to stream for free exclusively on Crackle. Season 2 is being produced by Flicker Filmworks.

Crackle Plus linear and VOD networks are available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 31 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted, APlus.com and Halcyon Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.



Free Streaming Network Crackle Announces New Originals, Exclusives, Movies, and Series for June





Free Streaming Network Crackle Announces New Originals, Exclusives, Movies, and Series for June
Highlights include the launch of documentary series “Promiseland,” starring NBA rookie Ja Morant as he navigates the perils of the 2019-2020 season.
[via press release from Crackle]
FREE STREAMING NETWORK CRACKLE ANNOUNCES NEW ORIGINALS, EXCLUSIVES, MOVIES, AND SERIES FOR JUNE, INCLUDING SEASON TWO OF CRACKLE ORIGINAL DOCUSERIES ‘GOING FROM BROKE’, CO-PRODUCED BY ASHTON KUTCHER AND CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT AND THE JA MORANT DOCU-SERIES ‘PROMISELAND’, AND CRACKLE AVOD EXCLUSIVE FEATURES ‘C.O.G.’ AND ‘ONE LAST THING’

Crackle’s mix of Hollywood blockbusters, award-winning indies, classic TV, and hand-picked exclusive and original content is always FREE

Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, today announced the upcoming content releases planned for June.

Crackle Plus linear and VOD networks are available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 31 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Plex, Redbox, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

New Crackle Original in June

Going From Broke (Season 2) (New episodes every Thursday)

Crackle original series

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and Executive Producer Ashton Kutcher comes season 2 of Going From Broke, a Webby Award-winning unscripted series focused on empowering people to overcome their crippling financial struggles. People are graduating from college with mounds of student and other debt and a shrinking pool of employment opportunities at their disposal. What makes matters worse is they lack the basic financial literacy to get themselves out of trouble. Going From Broke host Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg, and financial expert Tonya Rapley work with young people to become the CEO of their own lives.

PROMISELAND (Part One premiering June 3rd)

Six episode Crackle original docu-series

Take an intimate journey with NBA rookie Ja Morant as he navigates the perils of the 2019-2020 season – not just a challenging year for live basketball, but for humanity. Apart from the suspension of his sport, the young point guard must grapple with a world utterly transformed by a global pandemic and the urgent call for racial justice. Guest stars include Carmelo Anthony, A’ja Wilson and more. Part Two drops June 17th!

New Crackle Exclusives in June

One Last Thing

Crackle AVOD exclusive feature

Wendell Pierce (Jack Ryan and The Wire) stars as Dylan Derringer, a lonely dentist in Florida who is encouraged by his dental assistant Jaime, played by Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), to reunite with his long-lost daughter Lucy brought to life by Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights, Underground and Birds of Prey) after years apart, sending him on an eventful and ultimately life-changing journey of discovery.

C.O.G.

Crackle AVOD exclusive feature

Determined to suppress his homosexuality, a college dropout (played by Hamilton star Jonathan Groff) heads to Oregon, takes a job picking apples and, ultimately, finds religion.

New Channels Coming to Crackle in June

Old School Action Heroes

Kick it old school with the Crackle team and a huge cast of the toughest heroes to ever swagger into the frey! Get all the two-fisted fun you’re looking for with adrenaline-fueled titles like Drive Angry (Nicholas Cage), Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (Jean-Claude Van Damme), The Detonator (Wesley Snipes), and Blitz (Jason Statham).

Summer of Romance

Grab your significant other and spend a significantly wonderful time watching these heart-warming romance flicks! Get all the feels you need with passionate titles like The Prince & Me (Julia Stiles), All About You (Debbie Allen), Personal Effects (Ashton Kutcher), and Lights, Camera, Romance (Monica Moore Smith).

Kick-Ass Queens

Turn up the heat to 11 as some of the strongest femme fatales in film and TV history burst their way onto the screen! Get your heart racing with scorching hot titles like Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron), Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (Angelina Jolie), the original gal-powered team Charlie’s Angels (Farrah Fawcett), and First Target (Daryl Hannah).

Horses, Of Course

There’s something about horses that allow them to charge straight into our hearts! Saddle up for excitement and adventure with these hooved heroes with untamed titles like Our Wild Hearts (Rick Schroder), Black Beauty (Mark Lester), Wild Horse Wild Ride (Alex Dawson), and Heartland (Amber Marshall).

Pride

June is Pride month and you can celebrate your pride with titles like Kinky Boots (Joel Edgerton), C.O.G. (Hamilton star, Jonathan Groff), The Ellen Show (Ellen DeGeneres), and the documentary Secret Disco Revolution.

Crackle Spotlight Titles in June

Drive Angry

Feature Film

Nicolas Cage stars as an undead felon who breaks out of Hell to avenge his murdered daughter and rescue her baby from a vicious band of cult-worshipping savages.

WARRIOR

Feature Film

WARRIOR tells the moving and inspirational story of the Conlon family, Brendan (Joel Edgerton), Tommy (Tom Hardy) and Paddy (Nick Nolte), who find redemption in the ring as they fight to repair themselves and their family.

Noah (premiering June 9th)

Feature Film

Noah (Russell Crowe) is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

Criminal

Feature Film

To stop an international terrorist, the memories and skills of a CIA operative (Ryan Reynolds) are implanted into the brain of a dangerous criminal (Kevin Costner).

The PJ’s

TV Series

A star-studded cast voices the wacky occupants (Eddie Murphy, Loretta Devine, Ja’net DuBois) of an inner-city housing project. The PJ’s debuts on Crackle as part of the launch of content from Kevin Hart’s LOL! Network!

The Terminal

Feature Film

An Eastern European tourist (Tom Hanks) unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

That’s My Mama

TV Series

Young, hip barber (Clifton Davis) in a black middle-class neighborhood is happy with his life as a bachelor – his mother (Theresa Merritt) has other ideas regarding his marital status.

The Kill Hole

Feature Film

The shadow of war follows a troubled Iraq War vet (Chadwick Boseman) as he is forced to pursue one of his own (Tory Kittles) into the Pacific Northwest wilderness to finally confront a war crime that has haunted them both.

Kinky Boots

Feature Film

A drag queen (Chiwetel Ejiofor) comes to the rescue of a man (Joel Edgerton) who, after inheriting his father’s shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.

Additional New Movies in June
10,000 km
10th & Wolf
12 Days of Giving
A Midnight Clear
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (premiering June 17th)
A Wing and a Prayer
A Year In The Blue: Inside The Airforce Academy
Abroad: Finding Faith
Adrenaline: Fear The Rush
Affion Crockett: Mirror II Society
All Star Comedy Jam: I’m Still Laughing
All-Star Comedy Jam: Atlanta
All-Star Comedy Jam: Dallas
All-Star Comedy Jam: Las Vegas
All-Star Comedy Jam: Orlando
All-Star Comedy Jam: South Beach
Anita: Speaking Truth to Power
Approaching The Unknown
Aries Spears: Hollywood, Look I’m Smiling
Beautiful Beast
Beneath
Bookworm & The Beast
Borderline (premiering June 17th)
Born Again
Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids (premiering June 17th)
Buena Vista Social Club Adios
Changing Hearts
C.O.G.
Coward Of The County (premiering June 17th)
Criminal
Critical Condition
Dark Star
Death And The Maiden
Decision of Faith
Demon City Shinjuku (premiering June 17th)
DeRay Davis: Power Play
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
Down In The Valley
Downhill Racer
Elizabethtown
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Eye of the Beholder
Farewell, My Lovely (premiering June 17th)
Flirting With Disaster
Gary Owen: True Story
Glastonbury (premiering June 17th)
Goat
Goya’s Ghosts
Havenhurst
Hell House LLC
Hope
If Only
I’ll Be There (premiering June 17th)
In Godfrey We Trust: 2020 Year In Review
In Order Of Disappearance
In The Fade
Jeff Who Lives at Home
Jungle Boy (premiering June 17th)
Just Getting Started
Last Night
Legend of the Red Dragon
Legion of Honor
Lethal Eviction
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Love, Lost & Found
Love Surreal
MacShayne: Final Roll Of The Dice (premiering June 17th)
MacShayne: Winner Takes All (premiering June 17th)
Magic
Magnificent Bodyguards (premiering June 17th)
Magnificent Warriors (premiering June 17th)
Man Friday (premiering June 17th)
Mike Epps Presents: Live From Club Nokia
Mikey (premiering June 17th)
Miles To Go Before I Sleep (premiering June 17th)
Murderball (premiering June 17th)
Nemesis 2: Nebula (premiering June 17th)
Nemesis 3: Prey Harder (premiering June 17th)
On Angel’s Wings
Operation Dames (premiering June 17th)
Overnight (premiering June 17th)
Passion Fish
Pastor Shepherd
Phantoms
Please Stand By
Poor Boy’s Game
Premium
Prescription For Love
Princess Caraboo (premiering June 17th)
Realms
Retreat to Paradise
Sabotage (premiering June 17th)
Samba
Scents and Sensibility
Sent: The Life and Music by Father Stan Fortuna
Serena
Sex Killer (premiering June 17th)
Shaq and Cedric the Entertainer Present All-Star Comedy Jam
Showdown (premiering June 17th)
Sins
Skin
Southside With You
Storm Rider
Super Size Me
The Burning Plain
The Dark Horse
The Dark Stranger (premiering June 17th)
The Dead Lands
The Kite Runner
The List (premiering June 17th)
The Marc Pease Experience
The Prophet’s Game (premiering June 17th)
The Romantics
The Tribe (premiering June 17th)
Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary
Venom
What the Waters Left Behind (premiering June 17th)
When Justice Fails (premiering June 17th)
Whitey: United States Of America V. James J. Bulger
Wild Stallion
Wish Upon
Witch From Nepal (premiering June 17th)

Additional New T.V. Shows in June
Def Comedy Jam (Season 1, 8 episodes)
Def Comedy Jam (Season 2, 12 episodes)
Def Comedy Jam (Season 3, 12 episodes)
Def Comedy Jam (Season 4, 12 episodes)
Def Comedy Jam (Season 5, 12 episodes)
Def Comedy Jam (Season 6, 13 episodes)
Def Comedy Jam (Season 7, 12 episodes)
Heartland (Season 4, 18 episodes)
Heartland (Season 5, 20 episodes)
Heartland (Season 6, 20 episodes)
Spitting Image (Season 1, 10 episodes)
The PJs (Season 1, 13 episodes)
The PJs (Season 2, 18 episodes)
The PJs (Season 3, 12 episodes)
William Shatner’s A Twist In The Tale (Season 1, 15 episodes) (premiering June 17th)
World’s Greatest Motivators (Season 1, 14 episodes) (premiering June 17th)

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle, Popcornflix and Chicken Soup for the Soul, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has AVOD rights to over 11,000 films and 22,000 episodes of television series. Crackle Plus networks premiere at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Halcyon Television, Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted division and APlus Productions. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.



Redbox Expands Redbox Free Live TV with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Crackle Content





Redbox Expands Redbox Free Live TV with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Crackle Content
Free Live TV is available on Redbox.com, Roku, iOS and Android devices; Apple TV, Android TV, Vizio Smart TVs, LG TVs, Xbox One, and Chromecast.
[via press release from Crackle]
REDBOX EXPANDS REDBOX FREE LIVE TV WITH CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT’S CRACKLE CONTENT

Ad-Supported, Live Free Streaming Service Adds a Robust Lineup of Popular Films, Documentaries, Crackle Exclusives and Originals to its Growing Lineup of Channels

Chicago, IL (May 27, 2021) Redbox, America’s destination for affordable new-release movies and entertainment, has teamed with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) to add Crackle to Redbox Free Live TV. At launch, the channel features popular programming including Cold Blood, Crown Vic, Grand Isle, Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story, and Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story among many other titles.

With nearly 100 channels including three Redbox channels designed and programmed for movie lovers everywhere, Free Live TV features a growing lineup of movies and television, news, lifestyle, and sports entertainment programming available to enjoy for free. Free Live TV is available on Redbox.com, Roku, iOS and Android devices; Apple TV, Android TV, Vizio Smart TVs, LG TVs, Xbox One, and Chromecast.

“The Crackle team is enthusiastic about partnering with Redbox, a brand that is so well known for convenient entertainment delivery,” said Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus. “We are proud to bring Crackle’s premium offering of originals, exclusives, Hollywood blockbusters, and classic TV series to the Redbox Free Live TV audience. This agreement adds an important new consumer touchpoint for Crackle Plus on a very important FAST platform.”

“As we continue to expand Free Live TV, we’re committed to creating a great experience for our customers with a range of entertainment we know they will enjoy, available across their favorite devices,” said Jason Kwong, Chief Strategy and Digital Officer, Redbox. “We’re pleased to add Crackle Plus to our channel lineup and deliver more great movies, television and original entertainment to audiences for free.”

Redbox has been a leader in quality home entertainment for nearly two decades delivering choice and value to customers and partners across physical and digital channels. Redbox delivers entertainment to 40 million customers across multiple entertainment windows including film distribution, premium video on demand (PVOD), transactional video on demand (TVOD), ad-supported linear and on demand (AVOD).

ABOUT REDBOX

Redbox is America’s leading destination for new-release movies and entertainment with more ways to watch than any other home entertainment provider. Redbox delivers value and convenience through unparalleled choice across content, platforms, rental and purchase options, and price points. The company’s expanding streaming offering includes digital rental and purchase as well as free live TV and free On Demand content, and complements Redbox’s nationwide footprint of more than 40,000 entertainment kiosks, conveniently located where consumers already shop. Redbox Entertainment, a new content acquisition and production division, has further transformed Redbox into a multi-channel content provider. For more information, visit redbox.com.

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, INC. COMPANY

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle, Popcornflix and Chicken Soup for the Soul, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has AVOD rights to over 11,000 films and 22,000 episodes of television series. Crackle Plus networks premiere at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Halcyon Television, Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted division and APlus Productions. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.



Free Streaming Service Crackle Premieres Season Two of Ashton Kutcher Executive Produced Series





Free Streaming Service Crackle Premieres Season Two of Ashton Kutcher Executive Produced Series “Going from Broke” on May 20
Executive produced by Ashton Kutcher and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. the six-episode season is hosted by Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig and entrepreneur and financial expert Tonya Rapley.
[via press release from Crackle]
FREE STREAMING SERVICE CRACKLE PREMIERES SEASON TWO OF ASHTON KUTCHER EXECUTIVE PRODUCED SERIES “GOING FROM BROKE” ON MAY 20

Inspirational entrepreneurs and financial experts Gary Vaynerchuk, Brian Chesky, Kim Perell, Pastor Soaries, Rachel Cruze and more to appear in award-winning series

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 6, 2021 – Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, today announced inspirational guests and financial experts for season 2 of Crackle original award-winning series, Going From Broke. Executive produced by Ashton Kutcher and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. the six-episode season is hosted by Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig and entrepreneur and financial expert Tonya Rapley. Going From Broke premieres on Crackle on Thursday, May 20 with new episodes launching each Thursday.

In Going From Broke, six new cast members drowning in massive debt get help from inspirational guests and financial experts to overcome their financial struggles. The inspirational guests include executive producer Ashton Kutcher, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, co-founder of Resy, Empathy Wines and VaynerX Gary Vaynerchuk, actor David Costabile (Lincoln, Billions, Breaking Bad), award-winning entrepreneur, investor, and bestselling author Kim Perell, Andi Kirkegaard of Kirkie Cookies and the founder of The Scholarship System Jocelyn Paonita Pearson.

Financial experts include two-time #1 national bestselling author and speaker Rachel Cruze of Ramsey Solutions, author and financial guru Lynn Richardson, founder and CEO of Financially Wise Inc. Brittney Castro, Reverend DeForest Blake “Buster” Soaries, Jr. and School of Rock president and CEO Rob Price.

“Season two of Going From Broke dives deep into the nationwide student debt crisis, and audiences will see firsthand how the financial experts and inspirational guests offer helpful solutions for those who struggle with financial burdens,” said Jeff Meier, head of programming for Crackle Plus. “Crackle is the perfect place to reach viewers who may also be struggling with debt since it’s completely free and available to stream on any device.”

“Debt is weighing Americans down, and student loans are the fastest-growing type of debt out there. Young people are pressing pause on their dreams like buying a home or even getting married because of their student loan debt,” said Rachel Cruze, Personal Finance Expert with Ramsey Solutions. “That’s why I’m so passionate about equipping people with the tools that they need to get out and stay out of debt. No matter how overwhelming your situation seems, it is possible to work your way out of debt with a little hard work and sacrifice.”

Season one of Going From Broke is currently available to stream for free exclusively on Crackle and has garnered over 18 million streams. Season two is being produced by Flicker Filmworks. To learn more about the show and to follow the journey of the cast please visit GoingFromBroke.info and use #GoingFromBroke.

Crackle Plus linear and VOD networks are available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 31 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, INC. COMPANY

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle, Popcornflix and Chicken Soup for the Soul, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has AVOD rights to over 11,000 films and 22,000 episodes of television. Crackle Plus networks premiere at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Halcyon Television, Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted division and APlus Productions. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted, APlus.com and Halcyon Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

ABOUT CHEGG

Chegg: A Smarter Way to Student(R). We strive to improve educational outcomes by putting the student first. We support students on their journey from high school to college and into their careers with tools designed to help them learn their course materials, succeed in their classes, and save money on required materials. Our services are available online, anytime and anywhere. Chegg is a publicly held company based in Santa Clara, California and trades on the NYSE under the symbol CHGG. For more information, visit www.chegg.com.



Crackle Plus Announces New Slate of Original Programming





Crackle Plus Announces New Slate of Original Programming, and the Launch of a New “Chicken Soup for the Soul” AVOD Network, at 2021 NewFronts
Crackle Plus has more than doubled its content offerings on its AVOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix, and added over 200 hours of original and exclusive programming in the past year.
[via press release from Crackle]
CRACKLE PLUS ANNOUNCES NEW SLATE OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING, AND THE LAUNCH OF A NEW ‘CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL’ AVOD NETWORK, AT 2021 NEWFRONTS

Upcoming Slate Of Original Content Includes New Sports Docuseries ‘Promiseland’ and ‘Vince Carter: Legacy”, Featuring Respectively Ja Morant and Vince Carter, and The Unscripted Show ‘Inside the Black Box’, Which Explores The Role Race Plays In The Entertainment Industry

Publishing Megabrand ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’ To Bring Its Original Mission Of “Changing The World One Story At The Time” To A New Streaming Network In The Fall

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 3, 2021 – Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, made multiple announcements today during its NewFronts presentation, including a diverse new slate of original and exclusive programming, and the launch of a new Chicken Soup for the Soul AVOD network.

Crackle Plus has more than doubled its content offerings on its AVOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix, and added over 200 hours of original and exclusive programming in the past year.

As part of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Crackle Plus uniquely sources its original content from sister companies Screen Media Ventures, a leading content distribution company, Landmark Studio Group, a production company of premium scripted and unscripted content, and recently announced Halcyon Television led by industry veteran David Ellender.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, also recently announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire the film and television assets of Sonar Entertainment, Inc. (Sonar). The Sonar library includes 700 movies and 1800 TV episodes which have earned a total of 446 Emmy Nominations, 104 Emmy Awards and 15 Golden Globes. The Sonar assets will expand Crackle Plus original television content offering and position the company to launch additional AVOD networks as well as provide a faster path to growing its international presence.

The combination of movie exclusives and original unscripted content propelled Crackle to one of its best years ever. Exclusive AVOD titles Crown Vic, Grand Isle and Elliott: The Littlest Reindeer were popular amongst Crackle viewers, delivering #1 titles for the streaming service. Standout inspiring unscripted series included Road to Race Day, On Point, Anything is Possible: The Serge Ibaka Story and Bucket List.

“Crackle has been pioneering original programming on AVOD for nearly a decade,” said Jeff Meier, head of programming for Crackle Plus. “We’ve always believed in the combined power of originals and a strong, diverse library of content that keep viewers coming back for more.”

With original unscripted programming, sports docu-series and exclusive feature films, Crackle has built a deep pipeline of unique, diverse and inspiring new content to entertain and empower its viewers. At NewFronts, Crackle Plus shared its plans to develop and produce new and returning original series and feature films with diverse storylines and audiences in mind. These include:

Unscripted and documentaries

Following award-winning original series, Going From Broke, critically-acclaimed film After the Murder of Albert Lima and electrifying docuseries Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story, Crackle returns with a diverse slate of unscripted shows and documentaries for 2021:

Going From Broke

Season two of Going From Broke is executive produced by Ashton Kutcher and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. Premiering Thursday, May 20, co-hosts Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg, and Tonya Rapley, entrepreneur, help people facing extreme debt overcome crippling financial struggles to become CEOs of their own lives.

Riding Phat

Riding Phat follows the hectic entrepreneurial journey of the Phat Scooter company as they strive to become the nation’s top electric scooter company by designing, building, and delivering eye-catching scooters to fun-seeking pro athletes and celebrity clients including NASCAR great Michael Waltrip, NFL legend Tedy Bruschi, and NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.

The Uncommon History of Very Common Things

Did you know that scissors were invented by Leonardo da Vinci? That high heels date back to Ancient Egypt? And what do chocolate bars have to do with the invention of the microwave oven? Each half-hour episode of The Uncommon History of Very Common Things examines the unknown, sometimes shocking, often irreverent, and always entertaining history of the everyday items that make up our lives.

Inside the Black Box

Created and hosted by beloved acting coach Tracey Moore and Emmy-winning actor Joe Morton, Inside the Black Box spotlights the world’s greatest Black artists within the entertainment industry. From actors, producers and directors to writers and musicians, the series features A-list guests like Sherri Shepherd, Kerry Washington and Tamara Tunie. Each episode is filled with revealing conversations on trials and triumphs, performance workshops, and honest discussions about being Black in Hollywood.

Sports Docu-series

On Point, Crackle’s most-watched series of 2020, and Bucket List hosted by Brian “The Boz” Bosworth, evidenced the strong demand for sports docu-series. 2021 premieres include:

Vince Carter: Legacy

Vince Carter: Legacy explores the fantastic highs and unsettling lows of 8-time All-Star and slam dunk champion, Vince Carter, as he looks back on his record-breaking 22-season professional basketball career.

Promiseland

The visceral, intimate and all-access coming of age story of 2020 NBA rookie sensation Ja Morant follows him from the eve of his NBA debut, through his Rookie of the Year crowning and shares the amazing experiences of his debut season.

The Green Wave

The Green Wave tells the incredible true comeback story of the Summerville High School basketball team after their coach, Louis Mulkey, a dedicated firefighter, dies in a catastrophic fire.

The Machine

After a century of excellence, Long Beach Poly, the most storied sports high school in American history, finds itself backed into a wall. The underfunded public school is struggling to maintain dominance in a field that contains million-dollar private school programs with players recruited from all across the states. The series follows players and coaches as they set out to prove that Long Beach Poly is still a force to be reckoned with.

Feature films

Crackle Plus also announced exclusive AVOD streaming rights to premium feature films, including:

Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren and Stimpy Story starring Jim Ballantine and Ed Bell

Skyfire starring Jason Isaacs, Bee Rogers, and Alice Rietveld

The Jesus Rolls starring John Turturro and Bobby Cannavale

Bel Canto starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe

Colonia starring Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl

Senior Moment starring William Shatner and Jean Smart

Trigger Point starring Barry Pepper and Laura Vandervoort

Eat Wheaties starring Tony Hale, Alan Tudyk and Elisha Cuthbert

Cagefighter starring Gina Gershon and Brenna Coates

Launch of Chicken Soup For The Soul AVOD

Crackle Plus announced that the Sonar library will help power the launch of a new ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul” AVOD network in the form of both a linear FAST channel and an On-Demand offering. Having sold over 1 billion copies of its famous self-help books in 43 languages around the world, ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’ will offer later this year a free premium-content streaming network that helps people ‘live their best life’ by providing entertainment, inspiration, and information that lifts their health, wealth, spirit, knowledge and relationships. The content will include a large selection of scripted movies and TV shows, unscripted shows and documentaries featuring everyday heroes, and lifestyle programming featuring the best home, food, DIY, style and travel experts.

New Consumer Touch-Points

The company also announced the launch of 34 new consumer distribution touchpoints by the end of 2021, expanding its reach among a growing streaming audience. Crackle Plus linear and VOD networks are already available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 31 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, INC. COMPANY

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle, Popcornflix and Chicken Soup for the Soul, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has AVOD rights to over 11,000 films and 22,000 episodes of television series. Crackle Plus networks premiere at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Halcyon Television, Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted division and APlus Productions. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

ABOUT SCREEN MEDIA VENTURES, LLC

Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms. The company acquires AVOD rights for third party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit www.screenmedia.net.



TransUnion and Crackle Plus Announce Agreement





TransUnion and Crackle Plus Announce Agreement, Allowing for Improved Ad Targeting of Crackle Audience
Crackle Plus offers advertisers access to an audience difficult to reach through conventional advertising methods due to their migration away from traditional cable systems.
[via press release from Crackle]
TransUnion and Crackle Plus Announce Agreement, Allowing for Improved Ad Targeting of Crackle Audience

The addition of TransUnion data will allow Crackle Plus advertisers to access robust audience insights across demographics, finance, and special interests

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 29, 2021 – Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today an agreement with TransUnion (NYSE: TRU), a global information and insights company.

With this agreement, Crackle Plus will utilize TransUnion’s identity and audience solutions to allow the AVOD industry leader to better serve more relevant advertising to their audiences and thus provide a higher value to agency and brand partners.

“There is little doubt that streaming consumption will continue to see growth, even after a banner year in 2020, as consumers continue to demonstrate a preference for streaming services,” said Matt Spiegel, EVP marketing solutions and media vertical, TransUnion. “We’re excited to work with a leader like Crackle Plus as they demonstrate their commitment to better understanding their consumers’ preferences in order to deliver more relevant content and advertising experiences that as a result, drive desired outcomes for their marketing partners. TransUnion is dedicated to providing an accurate and comprehensive view of consumers to support Crackle Plus’ mission of reaching viewers in an omni-channel, privacy-safe way.”

TransUnion’s identity graph covers 98% of U.S. adults and delivers a clearer and more comprehensive view of individual users utilizing validated, offline identity components. As a result, Crackle Plus will be able to resolve individuals to a person or household providing a more accurate ad curation and delivery, while also protecting consumer data.

With the agreement, Crackle Plus will have access to TransUnion’s audience insights, automation tools for onboarding advertiser first-party data, modeling and custom audience building. This gives Crackle Plus a better understanding of their audiences to drive advertising personalization resulting in higher value to brands advertising on Crackle and a more efficient experience for consumers who will be required to sit through fewer irrelevant ads.

Crackle Plus offers advertisers access to an audience difficult to reach through conventional advertising methods due to their migration away from traditional cable systems. Through TransUnion’s acquisition of Tru Optik, the Crackle Plus team and their advertising partners also have access to tens of thousands of third-party audience segments from dozens of industry-leading data providers. Reaching highly desired viewers across a multitude of devices will empower Crackle Plus teams to deliver commercial content at scale with the utmost respect for security, privacy and data-compliance.

“The Crackle Plus team is thrilled to be working with TransUnion,” said George Castrissiades, Executive Director of Advanced Product and Partnerships. “This relationship means that our advertising partners can be even more secure in the knowledge that every dollar they spend on our platform is being optimized to deliver the maximum value in terms of effective brand exposure.”

Crackle linear and VOD networks are available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 29 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix and garners 50 million streams of its movies and TV shows per month, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has over 80,000 hours of content available across all its networks, and premieres at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns a majority stake in the company formed with Sony Pictures Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

About TransUnion (NYSE: TRU)

TransUnion is a global information and insights company that makes trust possible in the modern economy. We do this by providing a comprehensive picture of each person so they can be reliably and safely represented in the marketplace. As a result, businesses and consumers can transact with confidence and achieve great things. We call this Information for Good.(R) A leading presence in more than 30 countries across five continents, TransUnion provides solutions that help create economic opportunity, great experiences, and personal empowerment for hundreds of millions of people. http://www.transunion.com/business



Crackle Announces New Originals, Exclusives, Movies, and Series for May





Free Streaming Network Crackle Announces New Originals, Exclusives, Movies, and Series for May
From Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and Executive Producer Ashton Kutcher comes season 2 of “Going From Broke,” a Webby Award-winning unscripted series focused on empowering people to overcome their crippling financial struggles.
[via press release from Crackle]
FREE STREAMING NETWORK CRACKLE ANNOUNCES NEW ORIGINALS, EXCLUSIVES, MOVIES, AND SERIES FOR MAY, INCLUDING SEASON TWO OF CRACKLE ORIGINAL SERIES ‘GOING FROM BROKE,’ CO-PRODUCED BY ASHTON KUTCHER AND CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, AND CRACKLE AVOD EXCLUSIVE FEATURE ‘BEL CANTO’

Crackle’s mix of Hollywood blockbusters, award-winning indies, classic TV, and hand-picked exclusive and original content is always FREE

Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, today announced the upcoming content releases planned for May.

Crackle Plus linear and VOD networks are available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 31 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.
New Crackle Original in May
Going From Broke (Season 2) (May 20)

Crackle original series

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and Executive Producer Ashton Kutcher comes season 2 of Going From Broke, a Webby Award-winning unscripted series focused on empowering people to overcome their crippling financial struggles. People are graduating from college with mounds of student and other debt and a shrinking pool of employment opportunities at their disposal. What makes matters worse is they lack the basic financial literacy to get themselves out of trouble. Going From Broke host Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg, and financial expert Tonya Rapley work with young people to become the CEO of their own lives.

New Crackle Exclusives in May
Bel Canto (May 1)

Crackle AVOD exclusive feature

Based on the best-selling novel. A famous opera singer (Julianne Moore) is held hostage in South America by a guerrilla rebel group after performing at a Japanese businessman’s (Ken Watanabe) lavish birthday party. Unexpected bonds are forged in the standoff that ensues.

War (2007) (May 1)

Crackle AVOD exclusive feature

An FBI Agent (Jason Statham) seeks vengeance on a mysterious assassin known as “Rogue” (Jet Li) who murdered his partner.

The Legend of Hercules (May 1)

Crackle AVOD exclusive feature

The origin story of the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

New Channels Coming to Crackle in May
You’re Living Dead to Me

Put a little scream into your spring with some of the most chilling films in the highest horror tradition. Have the time of your after-life with these zombie classics Train to Busan, Crackle original The Clearing, The Wailing, and Day of the Dead.

Family Movie Night Presented By State Farm

Round up the kids, grab some snacks, cuddle up on the couch and watch some of the most beloved titles in entertainment history. Spend some quality time together enjoying such classics as The Little Prince, Where the Red Fern Grows, Black Beauty, and The Illusionist.

Heroes & Legends

Unsheathe your weapon and stand opposed to the forces of darkness as you enjoy these swashbuckling sword and sorcery flicks! Conjure up two-fisted action and adventure with such films as The Legend of Hercules, Legends of King Arthur, Robert the Bruce, and Merlin.

High Tea With Mum

Remember your p’s and q’s with your pinkies out as you and your mum toss down your piping hot earl grey and watch these fantastic UK classics. Sip not slurp such intriguing titles as The Prince and Me, Doc Martin, Bridget Jones’s Baby, and Bride & Prejudice.

History Lovers

With this carefully curated gathering of some of the most interesting battlefield documentaries and films you not only learn about the history of war, you live it! Watch titles such as Hitler’s Secret Weapons, Gallipoli, Unsolved Mysteries of World War II, and Outwitting Hitler.

Crackle Spotlight Titles in May
Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life (May 1)

Feature Film

Adventurer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) goes on a quest to save the mythical Pandora’s Box, before an evil scientist finds it, and recruits a former Marine turned mercenary to assist her.

Intensive Care (May 1)

Feature Film

Three low-life criminals plan to rob an elderly woman’s home, but her caregiver turns out to be a former special ops agent with an agenda of her own.

Heartland (May 1)

TV Series

A multi-generational saga set in Alberta, Canada and centered on a family getting through life together in both happy and trying times.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (May 1)

Feature Film

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), who is secretly plotting to steal their parents’ vast fortune.

Highway to Heaven (May 1)

TV Series

The classic TV series, Highway to Heaven follows a probationary angel (Michael Landon) sent back to Earth who teams with an ex-cop (Victor French) to help people.

Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding (May 1)

Feature Film

Starring Mila Kunis and based on the hit play comes a comedy about two Italian families from different sides of the tracks coming together for one wild wedding.

McLeod’s Daughters (May 1)

TV Series

Five women run a cattle station, “Drover’s Run”, in the outback of South Australia.

Mothers and Daughters (May 9)

Feature Film

Photographer Rigby Gray captures uplifting stories of motherhood, inspiring a decision even she wouldn’t expect.

Dark Matter (May 1)

Feature Film

Elite local patron Mary (Meryl Streep) welcomes Chinese student Ye Liu to Valley State University, where his dreams of fame are soon dashed by corrupt campus politics.

Davey & Goliath (May 1)

TV Series

In this classic stop-action animated series (created by Art Clokey, of Gumby and Pokey fame) young Davey Hansen and his best friend (and dog) Goliath have suburban adventures and learn valuable lessons together.

Additional New Movies in May
2:22
180 Degrees South (May 20)
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen
Agents Unknown
Angels Crest (May 20)
Apartment 143 (May 20)
Bad Milo!
Barking Dogs Never Bite
Battle of Kings: Bannockburn
Battle Of Shaker Heights, The
Beavis And Butt-Head Do America
Bel Canto
Best Defense
Beyond the Edge
Beyond the Myth
Beyond the Trek
Bravo Two Zero
Broken English (May 20)
Buffalo Soldiers
Carriers
Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers (May 20)
Clockstoppers
Dark Matter
Demon Warriors (May 20)
Domestic Disturbance
Dr. Wai: The Scripture With No Words
Dynamite Warrior (May 20)
Eddie Murphy Raw
Europa Report (May 20)
Everybody’s Fine
Exiled (May 20)
Flashback
Focus
Food Chains
Generation A: Portraits Of Autism And The Arts
George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead
Girl 27
Good Neighbors
Happy, Happy (May 20)
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (May 20)
Here Comes the Devil
Hitler’s Secret Weapons
Hitler’s War: Part I
Hobo With a Shotgun (May 20)
How I Live Now (May 20)
I Give It a Year (May 20)
I Wish (May 20)
Intensive Care
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
John Dies At the End
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Kill Me Three Times
Kiltro
Kingdom of War, Part 1 (May 20)
Kingdom of War, Part 2 (May 20)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle Of Life
Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Life Itself (May 20)
Monsters (May 20)
Mother’s Love, A
Outwitting Hitler
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Personal Effects
Project Almanac
Queer Duck: The Movie
Royal Deceit
Searching For Bobby Fischer
Serious Moonlight (May 20)
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Strictly Ballroom
Take This Waltz (May 20)
Tasting Menu (May 20)
Tears of the Black Tiger (May 20)
The Bodyguard 2 (May 20)
The Commune
The Eclipse (May 20)
The First Monday in May
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
The Hunter
The Legend of Hercules
The Oxford Murders (May 20)
The Perfect Score
The Secret Disco Revolution
The Warlords
Tickled (May 20)
Tio Papi
Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (May 20)
Turtle Power: The Definitive History Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Vanishing On 7th Street (May 20)
Vanquisher
Waking Up In Reno
War
Western Religion
White Bird In A Blizzard (May 20)
White God (May 20)
White Lion
Zombies

Additional New TV Shows in May
An Angel For May (Season One, 4 episodes)
Bestie Picks Bae (Season One, 20 episodes) (May 20)
Brideshead Revisited (Season One, 11 episodes)
Dark Knight (Season Two, 13 episodes) (May 20)
Death In Their Hands: Small Arms And Personal Weapons In Warfare (Season One, 6 episodes)
Father Ted (Season One, 6 episodes)
Father Ted (Season Two, 11 episodes)
Father Ted (Season Three, 8 episodes)
Legends Of King Arthur (Season One, 3 episodes)
Painting Autumn (Season One, 6 episodes)
Peak Practice (Season One, 8 episodes)
Peak Practice (Season Two, 13 episodes)
Peak Practice (Season One, 15 episodes)
Sea Power (Season One, 6 episodes)
Tanks! (Season One, 9 episodes)
The Jim Nabors Show (Season One, 20 episodes)
Under Siege (Season One, 6 episodes)
Unsolved Mysteries Of World War II (Season One, 12 episodes)

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY
Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix and garners 50 million streams of its movies and TV shows per month, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has over 80,000 hours of content available across all its networks, and premieres at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.



Crackle Premieres Dramatic Love Story “Bel Canto” Exclusively for Free on May 1





Crackle Premieres Dramatic Love Story “Bel Canto” Exclusively for Free on May 1
Based on Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel, the drama about a hostage crisis stars Oscar winner Julianne Moore and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe.
[via press release from Crackle]
CRACKLE PREMIERES DRAMATIC LOVE STORY “BEL CANTO” EXCLUSIVELY FOR FREE ON MAY 1

Based on Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel, the drama about a hostage crisis stars Oscar winner Julianne Moore and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe with vocals from opera legend Renée Fleming

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 20, 2021 – Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today that mystery thriller Bel Canto will be exclusively available for free on Crackle beginning Saturday, May 1.

Co-written and directed by Paul Weitz (Grandma, Admission, About a Boy), the film follows a famous soprano (Moore) who travels to South America to give a private concert at a party for a wealthy Japanese industrialist (Watanabe). Just as the gathering of diplomats and politicians convenes, the mansion is taken over by a guerrilla rebel group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades.

While they are confined to the house, the hostages and their captors, who speak different languages, are forced to find ways to communicate. Music, especially the beautiful arias performed by Moore’s character, sparks a shared sense of camaraderie and even love, uniting the disparate housemates as they form unexpected bonds, overcome their differences, and discover their shared humanity. Opera star Renée Fleming contributes vocals to the film.

“Bel Canto is a surprisingly romantic hostage thriller with a superb cast our audience will love,” said Jeff Meier, head of programming for Crackle Plus. “The film shows how music has the power to inspire people to overcome their differences, and we are excited to bring this emotional drama to our fans.”

As one of the only AVODs continually adding original and exclusive programming that uplifts, entertains, and inspires audiences, Crackle adds Bel Canto alongside original and AVOD exclusive titles including Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story, Cagefighter, After the Murder of Albert Lima, Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story, Robert the Bruce, The Clearing, Anything is Possible: The Serge Ibaka Story, Bucket List, and Going From Broke, which recently commenced production for its second season.

Bel Canto is distributed in the U.S. by Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. company and the supplier of exclusive and original content to Crackle Plus.

Crackle linear and VOD networks are available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 29 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT, INC. COMPANY

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix and garners 50 million streams of its movies and TV shows per month, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has over 80,000 hours of content available across all its networks, and premieres at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

ABOUT SCREEN MEDIA VENTURES, LLC

Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms. The company acquires AVOD rights for third party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit www.screenmedia.net.



Crackle App Launches on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex





Crackle App Launches on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex
Crackle content is available in the U.S. and in addition to X1 and Flex can be accessed on 29 devices and services.
[via press release from Crackle]
CRACKLE APP LAUNCHES ON XFINITY X1 AND XFINITY FLEX

X1 and Flex customers can now access Crackle’s thousands of ad-supported movies and TV shows including Crackle Original and Exclusive Titles

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 14, 2021 – Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today the launch of the Crackle app on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex.

With this launch, millions of Xfinity customers can now enjoy the full Crackle experience including an extensive free library of studio film titles and classic TV series as well as a growing list of original and exclusive programming that uplifts, entertains, and inspires audiences such as Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story, Insomnia, Black Water: Abyss, Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story, Robert the Bruce, Spides, Corporate Animals, Blue Iguana, Anything is Possible: The Serge Ibaka Story, Road to Race Day, On Point, Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, The Clearing, Yelawolf: A Slumerican Life, and Going From Broke, now in production for a second season.

To access Crackle over the Internet on X1 and Flex, Xfinity customers can simply say “Crackle” into the Xfinity Voice Remote. In the coming weeks, X1 and Flex customers will also be able to find Crackle programming by saying for example the name of Crackle title such as “Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story” into the Xfinity Voice Remote. Additionally, they will soon be able to browse Crackle programming aggregated within collections as “Free to me,” “Top genres” and “What to Watch” right alongside all of the other programming available to them on X1 and Flex.

President of Crackle Plus, Philippe Guelton said, “Crackle is thrilled to bring Xfinity X1 and Flex customers Crackle’s extensive Originals and Exclusive series, as well as a growing library of movies, docu-series, sports content, and classic TV, with more fresh content added monthly than almost any other AVOD platform.”

Crackle content is available in the U.S. and in addition to X1 and Flex can be accessed on 29 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix and garners 50 million streams of its movies and TV shows per month, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has over 80,000 hours of content available across all its networks, and premieres at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and Aplus.com. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.