‘Yellowstone’ Fever, ‘Trolls’ Mania Grip Home Viewers

Homebound consumers were enthralled with the TV series “Yellowstone” the week ended June 27, with all three seasons of the contemporary Western drama landing in the top five of the weekly “Watched at Home” chart.

Meanwhile, the EST release of Trolls World Tour gave the animated family film, from DreamWorks Animation, a No. 2 debut on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Trolls World Tour was the first big feature film to premier digitally instead of in theaters since the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of movie theaters. The film was released April 10 on premium video-on-demand (PVOD) at a 48-hour rental price of $19.99.

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After slightly more than two weeks, distributor Universal Pictures announced the film, a sequel to 2016’s Trolls, had generated $100 million in revenue from its PVOD release. Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” analyst Richard Greenfield a day before the film’s debut said, “It’s a pretty monumental day in the film industry where a mainstream consumer movie … is going to skip the theaters…. I’m certainly rooting for them to do well because I think this is an important model for the industry.”

Trolls World Tour will be issued on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 7.

The third season of “Yellowstone” debuted at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart. The season debuted on linear TV June 21, but season passes are currently on sale through digital retailers like Amazon Prime Video and FandangoNow at $19.99 HD and $14.99 SD, even though episodes will only become available a day after they are broadcast. As of this week, the first two episodes in season 3 can purchase individually for $2.99 HD and $1.99 SD.

The two earlier seasons are both available for digital and physical purchase. Yellowstone Season 1, initially released in December 2018, rose to No. 3 on the chart after shooting up to No. 4 the prior week in the wake of the third season’s linear debut.

Yellowstone: Season 2, released on DVD in November 2019, rose to No. 4 after debuting in the top 20 the prior week at No. 10.

According to Deadline, the Season 3 debut of “Yellowstone” on June 21 across four networks – three Paramount Network telecasts and three simulcasts on CMT, TV Land and Pop – attracted 6.6 million total viewers, making it the top cable premiere so far this year.

Featuring a cast headed by Kevin Costner, “Yellowstone” is centered around the conflicts between a cattle ranch, an Indian reservation and land developers, all of whom share common borders.

Rounding out the top five is Universal Pictures’ acclaimed The Invisible Man remake, which slipped to No. 5 after topping the chart the prior week.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  2. Trolls World Tour (DreamWorks/Universal)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount
  4. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  5. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  7. The Hunt (Universal)
  8. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  9. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  10. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  11. 1917 (Universal)
  12. The Call of the Wild (Disney)
  13. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  14. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  15. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  16. Onward (Disney)
  17. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)
  18. Dolittle (Universal)
  19. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  20. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended June 27

Fuseit Eyes Enhanced Consumer Engagement with Augmented Reality

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog is the big hit of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The animated feature is one of a handful of high-profile titles that received an early digital release, at a premium price, at the end of March.

It was subsequently released through traditional digital channels, as well as Blu-ray Disc and DVD, and has held onto the top spot on the weekly physical media sales charts, published by NPD VideoScan, for an unprecedented five weeks.

One of the more interesting aspects of Paramount’s marketing campaign for the film, based on the popular video game franchise, was an app that, through augmented reality technology, allowed users to create their own videos with characters and other elements from the film, and then post the results on social media.

Liat Sade-Sternberg

The result was a flurry of TikTok videos in which fans appeared to “dance” or otherwise interact with Sonic – including one, with more than 125,000 likes, in which Sonic keeps appearing on a girl gamer’s Fortnite screen until she finally says, “All right, Sonic, you win – I’ll watch your movie.”  In all, the campaign reached tens of millions of consumers in the United States in a few short weeks.

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The augmented reality (AR) component of the Sonic campaign is the work of a company called Fuseit, whose patented AR platform specializes in brand content creation.

Partnering with clients that range from Coca-Cola to Old Spice/Procter & Gamble to the major Hollywood studios, the company’s AR technology lets anyone create a professional-looking video with whatever image or icon the client brand chooses — all in real-time, with just one click.

Fuseit was launched in 2017 by Liat Sade-Sternberg, an Israeli businesswoman and entrepreneur who now lives in Los Angeles. Prior to launching the company, Sade-Sternberg was the first Israeli women to win MIDEMLAB, the leading startup competition of the music industry. She also served as the VP of sales and marketing at Babylon, an Israeli public company that provides translation software.

“The concept behind Fuseit is to utilize content in innovative new ways to significantly increase consumer awareness and fan engagement with brands, and generate a solid ROI,” Sade-Sternberg says. “While current consumer engagement on social platforms has sagged to 1% or less, we understand that advertisement methods must change, and augmented reality can boost advertiser results 50% or more while they gain a deeper engagement with their consumers/fans.”

Fuseit’s AR technology has been previously utilized by Warner Bros. to promote the theatrical releases of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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“It really comes from an understanding that marketing and social media have changed, and will continue to change, rapidly, and so much of the advertising is really not working,” Sade-Sternberg says. “Marketers are spending more and more money on Facebook and Instagram and other social platforms, but they’re getting less and less impactful results than they used to. Consumers desire real engagement. These days, when brands are boycotting Facebook ads, adopting digital innovations such as Fuseit is more important than ever.”

She also believes Fuseit’s technology is more relevant than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic since shelter-at-home orders, business closures and event cancelations have led to a steep decline in live engagement opportunities.

“If you want to really engage with your customers, and with your fans now,” Sade-Sternberg says, “the only way to do it is through augmented reality. Now you can meet consumers in their homes and on their social feeds, and do it fast, easily and cost-effectively utilizing the content the brands already have.”

Disney+ to Join Virtual Comic-Con

Disney+ on July 1 announced today that it will join Comic-Con@Home, the virtual confab put on by the organizers of San Diego Comic-Con, the annual pop culture fest that was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Walt Disney Co.’s streaming service will present virtual panels for three of its upcoming original titles. Disney+ will feature the animated movie Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe, the anthology docuseries “Marvel’s 616,” and the service’s first scripted series from National Geographic, “The Right Stuff.”

Comic-Con@Home will be held on the same dates as the previously canceled Comic-Con, July 22-26, 2020, and online attendees are encouraged to use the official #ComicConAtHome hashtag to be included in the virtual activities.

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Disney+’s virtual Comic-Con@Home panels include:

  • A Look Inside “Marvel’s 616” on Disney+, Thursday, July 23, 1:00 p.m.: “Marvel’s 616” explores how Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters and creators exist within the “world outside your window”.  Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, explores the intersections of storytelling, pop culture and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Join directors Gillian Jacobs, Paul Scheer and executive producers Sarah Amos and Jason Sterman as they discuss the making of this Disney+ original anthology series with moderator Angélique Roché.
  • Disney+’s Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe,  Saturday, July 25, noon:  Join the creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, director Bob Bowen and stars Ashley Tisdale, Vincent Martella, Maulik Pancholy and Dee Bradley Baker as they share an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming film and discuss the origins of this iconic animated series.
  • Blast Off with Disney+’s “The Right Stuff,” Saturday, July 25, 1:00 p.m.: From Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, “The Right Stuff” is the first scripted Disney+ original series from National Geographic. The series takes a look at the early days of the U.S. space program. The series follows seven of the military’s best pilots as they become astronauts for the newly-formed NASA at the height of the Cold War. Moderated by former NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, the panel will feature cast members Patrick J. Adams (Major John Glenn), Jake McDorman (Lt. Cmdr. Alan Shepard), Colin O’Donoghue (Capt. Gordon Cooper), Michael Trotter (Gus Grissom), Aaron Staton (Wally Schirra), Micah Stock (Deke Slayton), James Lafferty (Scott Carpenter), Nora Zehetner (Annie Glenn”), Shannon Lucio (Louise Shepard), Eloise Mumford (Trudy Cooper), Eric Ladin (Chris Kraft), and Patrick Fischler (Bob Gilruth”), showrunner and executive producer Mark Lafferty, and executive producer Jennifer Davisson.

The Disney+ panels will join previously announced conversations from Walt Disney Television and Hulu during Comic-Con@Home. Follow Disney+ on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more updates.

 

‘The Invisible Man’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart as ‘Yellowstone’ S3 Linear Premier Boosts Sales of Earlier Seasons

Continued interest in Universal Pictures’ acclaimed The Invisible Man remake sent the thriller to the top of the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended June 20, ending a four-week run at No. 1 by Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

The Invisible Man debuted at No. 2 three weeks ago after its May 26 release on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and DVD. The film became available through digital retailers on May 12, after appearing as a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) rental at $19.99 on March 16, after movie theaters were shuttered.

Sonic finished the week at No. 2.

Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level, available for home viewing since March, jumped up three spots to No. 3 on the weekly chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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The home entertainment pipeline is now feeling the impact of COVID-19 production halts and movie theater closures, three months after the country was effectively shuttered. Traditional 90-day windows gave home entertainment a grace period, but studio marketers are now turning to catalog, TV product and other programming to fill the void.

To that end, the linear premier of the third season of “Yellowstone” stoked consumer interest in the two previous seasons, both available on disc and digitally from Paramount Home Entertainment. Yellowstone Season 1, initially released on disc in December 2018, shot up the “Watched at Home” chart to No. 4 from No. 17 the prior week, while Yellowstone: Season 2, released on DVD in November 2019, debuted at No. 10.

According to Deadline, the Season 3 debut of “Yellowstone” on June 21 across four networks – three Paramount Network telecasts and three simulcasts on CMT, TV Land and Pop –  attracted 6.6 million total viewers, making it the top cable premiere so far this year.

Featuring a cast headed by Kevin Costner, “Yellowstone” is centered around the conflicts between a cattle ranch, an Indian reservation and land developers, all of whom share common borders.

Rounding out the top five on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended June 20 was Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, down from No. 4 the prior week.

  1. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog (Parmount)
  3. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  6. The Hunt (Universal)
  7. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  11. The Call of the Wild (Disney, 2020)
  12. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  13. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
  14. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  15. Fantasy Island (Sony)
  16. Onward (Disney)
  17. Dolittle (Universal)
  18. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  19. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  20. I Still Believe (Lionsgate)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended June 20

Universal Teams With AFI to Offer Free Digital Rentals of Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’

Universal Pictures and the American Film Institute (AFI) on June 22 announced that they partnering to offer free digital rentals of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, a 1989 film centered around racial tensions in a Brooklyn neighborhood that ultimately lead to violence and death.

Do the Right Thing, an AFI Movie Club selection, will be available for free viewing from June 22 through June 29 through digital retailers Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Dish, DirecTV, FandangoNow, Google, Microsoft, Redbox, Sony, Verizon and Vudu.

Lee will join the AFI Movie Club for a live conversation on June 25, beginning at 5 p.m. PDT, on the AFI YouTube channel.

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“AFI Movie Club’s global reach has inspired the need for more thoughtful discussions about films that have shaped our culture,” said Bob Gazzale, president and  CEO. “Do the Right Thing is a timeless and timely classic, and Spike Lee has forever proven himself the voice for change that we need now more than ever. We would like to thank our partners at Universal for their essential support in educating and inspiring audiences around the world.”

Do the Right Thing was nominated for two Academy Awards, including a Best Original Screenplay nod for Lee and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Danny Aiello. The film also received four Golden Globe nominations and a Palme d’Or nomination. AFI ranked it as one of the 100 Greatest Films of All Time.

Launched on March 31, AFI Movie Club’s first selection was The Wizard of Oz. Subsequent selections have included Ali, Black Panther, Casablanca, Erin Brockovich, Gilda, Jurassic Park, Just Mercy, Lost in Translation, Milk, Nine to Five, North by Northwest, The Sound of Music, Straight Outta ComptonWhen Harry Met Sally and Wonder Woman.

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Most-Watched Movie in Homes for Third Straight Week

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog remained on top of the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended June 6, its third consecutive week at No. 1.

With the COVID-19 production halts and movie theater closures beginning to impact the home entertainment pipeline, a lack of high-profile new releases is finding older releases dominating the weekly chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Sonic the Hedgehog, based on a popular video game franchises, first hit No. 1 on the chart three weeks ago after it was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Sonic earned $146 million at the domestic box office before theaters shut down in mid-March due to governmental shutdown orders intended to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases. Earlier this week, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) said it expects upwards of 90% of movie screens in the world to re-open by July 17.

Sonic was released digitally on March 31 for digital purchase only.

Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man remake also remained at No. 2 on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended June 6, a position it vaulted into the prior week after its May 26 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

The Invisible Man became available through digital retailers on May 12, after appearing as a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) rental at $19.99 on March 16, after movie theaters were shuttered.

The remainder of the “Watched at Home” chart also is largely unchanged from the prior week.

Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and two Sony Pictures releases, Bad Boys for Life and Jumanji: The Next Level, repeated at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Walt Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker returned to the chart, at No. 18, after a week-long absence.

New to the chart, at No. 15, is RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Season 5, its popularity buoyed after it debuted on MTV June 5.

Season four of the Adult Swim TV series “Rick and Morty” shot up the chart to No. 10 from No. 16 the prior week. The first appeared on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 9, debuting at No. 17.

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  2. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  3. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  4. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  6. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  7. Fantasy Island (Sony)
  8. The Call of the Wild (Disney, 2020)
  9. Onward (Disney)
  10. Rick and Morty: Season 4 (Warner)
  11. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  12. 1917 (Universal)
  13. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  14. Dolittle (Universal)
  15. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Season 5 (MTV)
  16. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  17. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (Warner)
  18. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
  19. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  20. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended June 6

Demand for ‘Dear White People’, ‘When They See Us’ Spike During Protests, Parrot Says

As protests against police brutality and racial discrimination, triggered by the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer, sweep across the United States and around the world, Parrot Analytics has found skyrocketing audience demand for Netflix’s “Dear White People” and “When They See Us.”

Demand in the United States for “Dear White People” during the week ended June 2 rose 329% from the prior  week, while demand for “When They See Us” was up 147%.

“During a week of pain and protest, these series are finding a resurgence of demand,” said Ashley Alleyne-Morris, Parrot Analytics partner insights director. “Whether it’s a satirical look at dealing with discrimination at majority white spaces (universities) or a true story about the miscarriage of justice faced by the Central Park Five, new audiences appear to be turning to these stories as a form of education and understanding of the Black experience in America.”

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“When They See Us” debuted on May 31, 2019, and “Dear White People” released its most recent season in August 2019.

“Dear White People” is a satirical look at the lives of a group of black students at a fictional Ivy League university, with a mostly white student body, in the aftermath of a party where white students wear blackface. For the week of May 27 to June 2 it was 5.6 times more in demand than the average TV show in the United States.

“When They See Us” is a miniseries about the notorious case of the Central Park Five, a group of black and Hispanic teenagers who were falsely accused and convicted of the assault and rape of a white woman in 1989. Their convictions weren’t vacated until 2002. During the week of May 27 to June 2, it was 20.5 times more in-demand than the average TV show in the U.S.

Parrot Analytics measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

‘The Invisible Man’ Soars to No. 2 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart After Blu-ray, DVD Release

Universal Pictures’ acclaimed reimagining of The Invisible Man soared up the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 30 after the thriller was released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

The film, whose theatrical run was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, shot to No. 2 from No. 14 the prior week on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

The Invisible Man became available through digital retailers on May 12, after appearing as a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) rental at $19.99 on March 16, after movie theaters were shuttered.

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The subsequent disc and digital releases include more than 20 minutes of bonus content — including a close-up look at lead actress Elisabeth Moss, feature commentary with writer-director Leigh Whannell, and deleted scenes — that were not included on the PVOD release.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog remained at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart. The film, based on a popular video game franchise, captured the top spot the previous week after its release on disc.

Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn slipped to No. 3 from No. 2.

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Rounding out the top five on the “Watched at Home Chart” for the week ended May 30 are Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, repeating at No. 4, and Jumanji: The Next Level, which moved back up the chart to No. 5 from No. 9 the prior week.

Walt Disney’s Onward, catapulted to No. 3 the previous week in the wake of its disc release, fell to No. 7. The studio’s latest Pixar animated feature film has been available since April 3 on the Disney+ subscription streaming service.

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  2. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  3. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  4. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  6. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  7. Onward (Disney)
  8. Fantasy Island (Sony)
  9. The Call of the Wild (Disney, 2020)
  10. 1917 (Universal)
  11. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  12. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (Warner)
  13. Dolittle (Universal)
  14. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  15. The Way Back (Warner, 2020)
  16. Rick and Morty: Season 4 (Warner)
  17. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  18. I Still Believe (Lionsgate)
  19. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  20. Emma (Universal)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended May 30.

COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders Trigger 25% Spike in VET TV Subs

The big subscription streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ aren’t the only ones that are benefiting from stay-at-home mandates instituted by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the smaller players in the SVOD space, such as San Diego’s VET Tv, also are seeing spikes in viewership. The 3-year-old service, aimed at the military with original series known for their dark, irreverent humor, has seen its subscription base — which as of November 2019 stood at about 43,000 monthly subscribers — grow by roughly 25% since the pandemic started. And with the exception of only a couple of weeks, the company’s numbers have grown steadily week-over-week.

That growth, however, has not come without a cost.

“We’ve been carefully monitoring and following the rules and recommendations that have been put forth by the governor of California and the CDC,” said VET Tv president John Acevedo. “They have forced us to halt our normal production schedules and kept us from creating most of our new content, but thankfully, we have a fantastic creative team, and despite these challenges, our writers and production staff have done a great job of keeping a well-stocked library so we can continue to deliver new content to our viewers every week.”

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VET Tv founder and CEO Donny O’Malley has taken to the airwaves recently to talk about COVID-19 and its impact on members of the military, particularly veterans, for whom the stay-at-home and social isolation mandates can have a crippling and sometimes deadly effect.

“In the veteran community, social isolation leads to poor mental health, which can lead to suicide,” O’Malley said. “Now we’re being told that we need to stay at home, isolate and shelter in place, which is dangerous, so we, as a community have to combat social isolation. Everything we do at VET Tv is geared toward reducing social isolation. First, we get them to laugh at their military experience and then we encourage them to re-connect with people they served with. And beyond that, we also connect them to nonprofits and organizations that can help improve their quality of life.

“These connections to people and organizations build community, and the end result is better mental health and less suicide. But it all starts with laughter and the shot of dopamine associated with that laughter.”

That’s why VET Tv has continued to churn out content for its viewers despite the filming and production challenges that the pandemic has presented.

“Even though we’ve had to halt our normal production schedule, we still feel that it is our duty to do whatever we need to do to give our veterans and active-duty servicemen and women an escape from the depressing feelings that come from social isolation, even if it’s for just 15 minutes a week,” O’Malley said. “And if we can do that and improve mental health thru comedy, we know that we can bring the suicide numbers down as well.”

VET Tv’s team has become increasingly creative with content and production. Of late, that has even meant incorporating user-submitted pieces and green-screen sketches into its offerings.

VET Tv promises its subscribers one new show a week and it has a strong lineup of shows in the queue, including its first-ever foray into non-scripted television with a documentary series titled “Veterans Laughing Together,” and a sequel to “A Grunt’s Life,” VET Tv’s hit series that was re-released as a full-length feature film in 2019.

So far, VET Tv has released a total of 17 original series and a feature film. Monthly subscriptions are $5.

Giant Interactive Celebrates 15th Anniversary With Push Into Digital Delivery, Distribution

Digital studio Giant Interactive is celebrating its 15th birthday with an ambitious diversification agenda into digital delivery, digital distribution and post-production.

Launched in May 2005 by Jeff Stabenau and David Anthony as a DVD authoring company, Giant Interactive quickly evolved into a digital services company focused on technology and emerging formats to fuel consumer content consumption and distribution.

Giant Interactive has grown into a major player in the entertainment technology market, from its managed and custom-created OTT platforms and apps, to video processing and content aggregation, and to its digital platform delivery services and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc authoring.

The company also has a longstanding relationship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), initially creating DVD screeners of Oscar contenders and then building a digital screening site.

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Jeff Stabenau

Today, with offices in New York City and Los Angeles and a total staff of 75, Giant Interactive is celebrating not only its birthday but also the expansion of its digital studio in Los Angeles that allows for increased quality control, file preparation and transcoding services that are crucial to streaming services. Giant has announced new strategic hires of seasoned media executives, including former Deluxe executives Greg Lea, now Giant’s VP of strategic partnerships, and Paula Kahlenberg, senior account director.

Giant has also forged several new business partnerships with companies such as Roku, for which Giant serves as an aggregator for the Roku Channel and content manager for Roku app channels, and the Whip Media Group, for whom Giant manages content delivery and fulfillment for Whip business partners.

Giant intends to build more sophisticated digital streaming capabilities to further its relationship with such high-profile customers as ViacomCBS, Paramount Pictures and Acorn TV.

“Fifteen years ago, Giant Interactive was founded with the goal of helping content creators propel entertainment content around the world regardless of the technology or platform,” Stabenau says. “Our recipe for success is living and breathing our connection to our customers with their evolving needs and delivering the highest quality services and the most innovative technology.”

Giant maintains close technical relationships delivering digital content to FandangoNow, Amazon Prime Video, Redbox on Demand, Tubi TV, iTunes and other leading digital platforms across TVOD, SVOD and AVOD.

The company also has developed distribution services including sales, marketing and promotion to support Giant’s customers as the independent film marketplace has matured. Giant Pictures, an independent film distribution division, was launched in 2017 and today has deals with more than 35 of the higher-end OTT platforms including Apple TV+, Netflix, Roku, Peacock, Prime Video/IMDb TV, Pluto TV, Tubi and Kanopy. In some cases, Giant is also acting as a preferred aggregator for the AVOD platforms. Giant Pictures clients include UTA, Endeavor, CAA, Participant Media, Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Institute, Vulcan Productions, The Redford Institute and Impact Partners.

“With the rapid growth of digital media consumption continuing to rise, our supply chain products and our customers’ evolving needs, we realized a natural opportunity to expand our business,” Stabenau said. “We developed Giant Pictures in this time of digital growth to serve our customers and remain on the forefront of product innovation and digital distribution of content on a global scale.”