The Roku Channel Exclusive AVOD Home to ‘The Jennifer Hudson Show’

Roku Dec. 1 announced that The Roku Channel is now the exclusive AVOD home for new daytime talk show, “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” starring Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner Jennifer Hudson.   

The distribution deal between Roku and the show’s producer Warner Bros. Unscripted Television includes all previously aired episodes of the series, with all new episodes available to stream the day after their broadcast air.

Hudson, who has also appeared on “The Voice” as a celebrity judge, interviews celebrities, community heroes, viral sensations, and covers topical news and music. 

 “The authentic spirit that Jennifer brings to each episode of the series has already won over the hearts of audiences across the country,” Rob Holmes, VP of programming for Roku, said in a statement. 

Produced in Los Angeles by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Telepictures and distributed in national syndication by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, “The Jennifer Hudson Show” is executive produced by Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, Corey Palent, Jennifer Hudson, Lisa Kasteler Calio, Graehme Morphy, and Walter Williams III, with Shani Black as co-executive producer. 

“The momentum [the show] has experienced since debuting [in syndication] only three months ago, speaks volumes about Jennifer’s ability to connect with audiences,” said David Decker, head of content licensing for Warner Bros. Discovery. “Adding J.Hud to the Roku Channel gives fans a whole new way to connect with her, which is what we are all about.”

‘Cats’ Dancing to Digital March 17, Disc April 7 From Universal

Cats, the film adaptation of the hit Broadway show, will come out on digital March 17 and Blu-ray and DVD April 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Director Tom Hooper reimagines Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical in the film starring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introducing Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward. The film also includes a cast of dancers showcasing styles from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.

The story follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles that must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle Life.

The film made $71.9 million at the global box office.

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Special features include:

  • “Making Music,” in which the stars of Catswill talk about Andrew Lloyd Webber, who conceived the musical almost 40 years ago, and how his music has stood the test of time;
  • “Singing Live,” in which talent and filmmakers explore what it was like to sing, dance, and act for live performance in front of the camera;
  • “Cat School,” a step behind the scenes to watch as the cast speak about their experiences learning how to move and embody their roles as felines;
  • “Making Macavity,”  in which viewers navigate through an immersive 360º video as the conniving cat duo, Idris Elba and Taylor Swift, master the iconic “Macavity” musical number;
  • “9 Lives: The Cast of Cats,” following the cast on set among the worlds that the filmmakers brought to life at Leavesden Studios;
  • “The Dancers,” a featurette about the dancers in the filmwith host “Frankie” Hayward of the London Royal Ballet;
  • “The Art of Dance,” about choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler work on the film;
  • “Scaling Up,” about how the film is scaled 2.5 times to that of the human perspective;
  • “A Director’s Journey,” with cast and crew talking about Hooper; and
  • “A Little Magic.”

 

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