FilmRise has launched several classic Carsey-Werner TV shows on its ad-supported Roku streaming channel, including the “3rd Rock From the Sun.”
The FilmRise channel ranks at No. 15 among top free channels on the platform, according to a release from the company. The channel generates more than 300 million monthly ad impressions and reaches nearly 20 million users who can watch movies and TV on demand for free, according to the release.
FilmRise will soon launch ad-supported channels on Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Apple TV, and smart TVs such as Vizio, among other platforms, and is currently in development on iOS and Android for mobile viewing via worldwide apps.
Other Carsey-Werner sitcoms available on the Roku channel include “Cybill,” “Grace Under Fire” and “Grounded for Life.”
“FilmRise’s tremendous growth on Roku sheds light on the power of ad-supported free digital streaming,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise. “By bringing our vast library of quality content to viewers who don’t wish to pay a transactional or subscription fee, we’ve unlocked the potential to reach new and diverse audiences who want to experience the best in film and TV — including timeless TV series and iconic movies.”
FilmRise has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to John Keating’s Gamechangers: Dreams of Blizzcon, a feature-length documentary film about professional eSports.
The company will release the feature starting June 12 on the film festival circuit, at gamer events/tournaments, and various linear, TVOD, OTT, and SVOD platforms around the world.
The documentary explores the high pressure, high-stakes lifestyle of professional eSport stars through the eyes of two of the world’s best StarCraft II players, unraveling the childhood stories that led them into the world of gaming. StarCraft is a sci-fi real-time strategy game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Shortly after its release in 1998, the game became a pop culture sensation in South Korea, sparking the phenomenon known today as eSports.
“Keating does a wonderful job of capturing the passion of these young men and the fierce competition that they must endure,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher in a statement. “We are excited to present their lives and dedication to this eSport through this groundbreaking film.”
To celebrate the acquisition, FilmRise and ESL are hosting a special invitation only preview screening of the film on March 4 at the world’s biggest eSports event: Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland, which ESL produces. A Q&A with director John Keating and producer Zachary Henderson will follow the screening.