April 9, 2020
FilmRise, the New York-based TV and film company, has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the Peter Rodgers Organization (PRO) Film and Television library for North America.
The deal includes 1,115 episodes of content including the Western “The Rifleman,” starring Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford, the first TV show to present single-parenthood; the sci-fi sitcom “My Favorite Martian,” starring Ray Walston and Bill Bixby; and the very first network Western TV series “Hopalong Cassidy,” starring William Boyd, which aired on NBC after the network had success broadcasting television cuts of the original feature films.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with [PRO CEO] Stephen Rodgers,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “As traditional television viewing continues to move more toward streaming destinations, we believe fans of classic TV will be excited to find their favorites like ‘The Rifleman’ and ‘My Favorite Martian.’ And now we are offering the opportunity for new streaming audiences to discover them.”
Programs within the PRO library that FilmRise will be distributing also include “Acapulco H.E.A.T.” seasons 1-2 (1993, 1998); “Celebrity Bowling” seasons 1-3 (1971); “The Cisco Kid” seasons 1-6 (1950); “The Comedy Show” seasons 1-3 (1978); “Conan: The Adventurer” (1997); “Courageous Cat” (1960) seasons 1-4 (1990); “Gigantor” (1964); “I Spy” seasons 1-3 (1965); “Movin’ On” seasons 1-2 (1974); and “Tarzan” seasons 1-3 (1991).
FilmRise content can be seen on free streaming platforms including The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, Tubi, IMDb TV, Crackle, Vudu, Sling, Stirr, Samsung TV Plus, Stirr, Xumo and many more — including FilmRise’s own apps on Roku, Fire TV and on iOS and Android devices.