FREE STREAMING NETWORK CRACKLE PLUS ANNOUNCES UP TO 200 HOURS OF NEW ORIGINAL AND EXCLUSIVE PROGRAMMING AT 2020 NEWFRONTS
Record-breaking Crackle original series ‘Going From Broke,’ executive produced by Ashton Kutcher and hosted by Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig, picked up for a second season
Additional programming highlights include the upcoming docuseries ‘History of Gangster Rap,’ supernatural thriller series ‘Safehaven,’ and feature film ‘Willy’s Wonderland’ starring Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage
NEW YORK, N.Y., June 22, 2020 – Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and the operator of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) services Crackle and Popcornflix, today announced a new slate of original and exclusive programming during its NewFronts presentation.
Based on viewers’ feedback and the success of recent Crackle originals, Crackle Plus unveiled close to 200 hours of new Crackle original and exclusive programming, with a diverse mix of original sports docuseries, scripted series, feature films and unscripted programming, aiming to offer both content that entertains and content that empowers and inspires its viewers. As part of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Crackle Plus uniquely sources its original content from sister companies Screen Media, a leading content distribution company, and Landmark Studio Group, a production company of premium scripted and unscripted content.
“Since introducing Crackle Plus one year ago, we have made incredible strides to become a leading AVOD platform when it comes to original programming,” said Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus. “Our unprecedented growth is driven by programming that engages audiences and provides exciting opportunities for advertising partners.”
Crackle Plus has doubled its content offerings since May 2019 and experienced approximately 40% audience growth since it began to introduce original and exclusive programming in October of 2019. At NewFronts, Crackle Plus shared its plans to develop and produce new and returning original series and feature films including:
Unscripted and Documentary Series
Based on the success of recent Crackle originals, including season one of “Going From Broke,” ground-breaking docu-series “Yelawolf: A Slumerican Life” and the Ghostbusters documentary “Cleanin’ Up The Town,” Crackle returns with a slate of new exciting and diverse unscripted shows and documentaries.
Going From Broke (season two), premieres 1Q21 (10 x 30′)
Following the overwhelming success of Webby Award-winning season one, which saw over 16 million streams, Crackle Plus is thrilled to announce season two of this groundbreaking series. From executive producer Ashton Kutcher, the series sheds light on the national crisis of student debt and offers practical solutions for young people to go from broke. Host Dan Rosensweig (CEO of Chegg) returns to work with millennials to break the chains of debt, empowering them to take control of their financial future. Produced by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.
History of Gangster Rap, premieres 2021 (4 x 60′)
Based on the book by Soren Baker (featuring the story of N.W.A., Biggie, 2Pac, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, and Ice-T), this 10 episode docuseries will explore how the music and art form of gangster rap originated, its evolution over the past three decades, and the artists and songs that have been the linchpins to its success, longevity, and relevance to the music industry and today’s modern society. This series will provide unprecedented access for viewers to a world they have never seen. Produced by Landmark Studio Group.
World’s Smartest Homes, premieres 2021 (10 x 30″)
“World’s Smartest Homes” is a property series that follows Emmy-nominated home design host and TV personality Tanya Memme. 10 30-minute episodes take viewers around the world for exclusive looks into a world few people ever get to see. During each tour, Tanya asks all the right questions, balancing her passion for incredible homes with her super-charged tech-geek side giving the audience a taste of what it’s like to live life as the rich and famous.
Sports Documentaries and Documentary Series
Back by popular demand after the smashing success of the Crackle original basketball docuseries “On Point” (14 million streams) and Crackle exclusive “’85, The Greatest Team in Football History,” sports docuseries will have a bigger role in the upcoming programming slate:
Road to Raceday, premieres July 1, 2020 (8 x 60′)
Peter Berg’s Film 45 (“QB1: Beyond the Lights”) gives fans an inside look into NASCAR for the first time in history in this limited-run docuseries. The most exclusive and successful NASCAR motor club, Hendrick Motorsports, has given cameras full access to its team, including mega stars Chase Elliot, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne. Along with chronicling one of its drivers as they prepare for a race, each episode will highlight the young characters that make up the pit crews, like Dion Williams, a former professional football player who now moves 70-pound tires for a living.
Anything is Possible, premieres 3Q20 (1 x 60′)
This inspiring documentary follows NBA champion Serge Ibaka on his journey home to visit his humble roots in the Republic of Congo to show his family and friends not only the NBA Championship trophy he earned, but more importantly to share the message that through hard work and determination, “Anything is Possible.” Produced by Uninterrrupted Films.
Sports Confidential, premieres 2021 (4 x 60′)
An explosive new docuseries that blows the whistle on some of the biggest scandals, dirty corruption, and untold controversies in sports history. Hosted by former Texas A&M basketball coach and CBS, NCAA announcer Christopher Walker, “Sports Confidential” tackles shadowed events such as how bribery shaped the NCAA, the point shaving scandal at University of San Diego, as well as many others. Produced by Landmark Studio Group.
Scripted TV Series
Following in the footsteps of Crackle original scripted TV series such as “The Oath,” “Snatch,” or “Startup,” Crackle Plus announced four new scripted series for the coming year.
Spides, premieres 3Q20 (8 x 60′)
Shot and set in modern-day Berlin, “Spides” follows Nora Berger, a young woman who wakes from a coma without any memory of her previous life after taking a mysterious club drug, BLISS. Local police detective David Leonhart and his partner Nique Navar are hunting down the source of the drug in relation to dozens of missing teens from all over the city. When Nora begins digging in an attempt to discover the truth of her own experience, she begins to peel back the layers of a conspiracy of aliens using synthetic drugs to infiltrate humans to use as host bodies. In this taught sci-fi thriller, the more truth Nora brings to light, the darker secrets from her own life are revealed as she discovers she is the key to the invasion she is fighting.
Safehaven, premieres 2021 (10 x 60′)
Created by executive producer James Seale, “Safehaven” is a supernatural thriller about Jenna Frost, a high school comic book artist who finds herself trapped in an alternate reality – a personal purgatory ripped from the pages of “Safehaven,” the graphic novel of her own creation. In reality, Jenna lies in a coma after a car crash and is living inside a nightmarish parody of high school life where the real world collides with the horrors of her comic book. Part paranormal thrill ride, part mystery drama, “Safehaven” is a fast-paced, conspiracy-laced series told through a parallel-reality structure similar in tone to “The Matrix” and “Inception,” only in the YA horror space. Produced by Landmark Studio Group.
Flagrant, premieres 2021 (10 x 60′)
Twenty years after he was caught throwing a game and gambling on his own team, a disgraced college basketball star, played by Michael Rappaport, gets an unlikely shot at redemption. He fled Queens, NY decades ago to get away from the stigma of the scandal, but he’s now asked to come home and fill in as coach for a currently-failing team, at the same school he famously sold down the river decades ago. Produced by Landmark Studio Group.
The Operative, premieres 2021 (10 x 60′)
Craig T. Nelson stars in this international spy thriller series as retired intelligence operative John Straw, who was mysteriously forced to end his career following the Cold War but re-emerges to warn of an upcoming attack on American soil. A young analyst named Emma, sent by the CIA to interview him about his claims, uncovers that Straw has a head full of stories, some pointing to a decade’s old conspiracy with ties to the Kremlin. In her search for the truth, Emma and John soon become allies as they work together to try and stop a skilled, ruthless, and formidable enemy before it’s too late for the country…and themselves. Produced by Landmark Studio Group.
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About Going From Broke TV Show
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Commences Production of Season 2 of Going From Broke
Series Executive Produced by Ashton Kutcher and Hosted by Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg
Season 2 "Real-time" Episodes Will Premiere For Free on Crackle in March With Full Episodes Premiering in May
COS COB, CT - February 16, 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 production has begun on Season 2 of its original series Going From Broke. The series is executive produced by Ashton Kutcher and hosted by Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig. Innovative "real-time" episodes will begin premiering for free on Crackle in March.
Going From Broke is an unscripted series that spotlights a financial epidemic of huge proportions. Over 44 million Americans are saddled with student debt totaling over $1.7 trillion dollars. Making matters worse in Season 2, are the compounding issues of the last 12 months: COVID-19, record unemployment, and a country on the emotional and financial brink. This series aims to empower people to overcome their crippling financial struggles and become CEO of their own lives.
Season 2 features an updated format that follows six new cast members from around the country. During the six-week production, Crackle will conduct an innovative experiment by shooting and airing new episodes in "real time" while anchoring a larger conversation using social media platforms. The "real-time" episodes will document the casts' emotional and financial makeovers while audiences ride along. Meanwhile, Mr. Rosensweig, Mr. Kutcher, Chegg, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment will engage in a multi-platform conversation about issues with debt, especially during the financial turmoil created by the pandemic.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the dire financial situation that so many young people already found themselves in," said Mr. Rosensweig, host & CEO of Chegg, Inc. "In Season 2, the stakes are higher; people are struggling with unemployment, mounting debt, and potential physical and mental health issues. We have the opportunity to provide a lifeline and help them get back on track, working with them in real-time to get them on the path to financial freedom."
"This awesome production model brings viewers inside the transformation process. Going From Broke is the first makeover show that invites the audience to engage with the cast, financial experts and each other across social media while watching the process unfold "live" on Crackle," said Mr. Kutcher, who executive produced both season one and two of the series.
The "real-time" production culminates with finished episodes in May, ultimately revealing whether each cast member has succeeded in 'going from broke'.
"We were delighted with the tremendous viewer response to the first season of Going From Broke and are excited to dive even deeper into this important issue with Season 2. We plan to incorporate the particular hardships introduced by the global pandemic and hope we will be offering helpful solutions to any of those struggling with financial burdens," said William J. Rouhana Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.
The first season of Going From Broke had a record-breaking launch on the free streaming service Crackle in October of 2019 and won multiple awards including the Webby People's Voice winner for Reality Series and the OTT.X Impact Award for Most Impactful Series. Season 1 is available for free on Crackle. Season 2 is being produced by Flicker Filmworks.
It's 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. Tackling this issue head on is a new Crackle Original, Going From Broke, a new series from executive producer Ashton Kutcher, Matador Content and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, launching Thursday, October 17th exclusively on the free streaming service. Leading the charge to support millennials in overcoming their crippling financial struggles is host Dan Rosensweig, Chegg CEO, and financial expert Danetha Doe who go one on one with young people living in pricey Los Angeles, what they thought would be The City of Dreams, to change their habits, gain financial confidence and become CEO of their own lives. Although they all come from different backgrounds and circumstances, each of the participants have one thing in common-- extreme debt. Rosensweig and Doe challenge millennials to address everything from savings and spending to taxes, bills, co-loans and more. Ultimately, each of the subjects are given "homework," tailored next steps meant to be tackled within a specific and timely window. It's not comfortable, it's not easy, but it's necessary if they want financial stability. Throughout each of the 10 half-hours, viewers also get valuable insights and advice from several leading and trusted experts including award-winning personal finance journalist Jean Chatzky and Farnoosh Tarobi, bestselling author and podcast reporter.Keep track of the cancel/renew status of all your favorite TV shows. Discover and bookmark our cancelled shows 2021 list and renewed shows 2021-2022 database.
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