March 24, 2022
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, parent of ad-supported streaming platforms Crackle+ and Popcornflix, March 24 announced a licensing deal with BBC Studios covering more than 2,500 hours of content.
Crackle Plus, also a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, is one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand networks. This announcement comes on the heels of another deal between the two companies that saw the exclusive rights to the series “Sherlock” go to Crackle Plus.
“The BBC has been producing highly sought-after content for years and we expect this content to perform exceptionally well on our streaming services,” William J. Rouhana, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, said in a statement. “The long-term nature of this agreement enables us to plan ahead to maximize the value of the content to our viewers as well as our advertisers, the BBC, and us.”
“With the Benedict Cumberbatch series ‘Sherlock,’ the BBC’s extensive catalog of quality series and movies, and brand-new titles that have yet to be released, this agreement provides Chicken Soup for the Soul with a wide array of unique and high-quality content,” said David Fannon, president of Screen Media.
Screen Media is the exclusive supplier of original content to Crackle+ streaming services. Recent titles from Screen Media that have premiered on Crackle include the Crackle Originals “Vince Carter: Legacy,” “Playing With Power” and “Insomnia,” as well as the exclusives “The Mercy,” starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, Tom Hardy-led Taboo, international thriller series “The Platform,” and disaster film Skyfire, starring Jason Isaacs.