Roku Announces New Original Series ‘Team Rubicon’ From ‘This Old House’ Producers

Roku May 15 announced an original new series from the producers of “This Old House” called “Team Rubicon,” based on the veteran-led humanitarian organization by the same name that serves global communities before, during, and after disasters and crises.

“This Old House” host Kevin O’Connor leads the program that begins streaming free on May 25 on The Roku Channel. In 2021, Roku paid $98 million to acquire the production company behind “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House.”

The show follow volunteers — military veterans, first responders, and everyday people — as they step up to serve communities in moments of need. Whether it’s a hurricane, wildfire mitigation, or flood, Team Rubicon is dedicated to long-term relief.

O’Connor is also a volunteer for Team Rubicon and deploys with the company’s CEO, Art de la Cruz, as well as the volunteers known as “Greyshirts,” as they witness firsthand the strength of the human spirit and the power of community in times of unimaginable stress and heartache.

The 13-episode half-hour series will follow the “Greyshirts” and survivors as they descend upon disaster zones. While over half of the organization comes from military backgrounds, many non-military volunteers come from all walks of life.

“This organization and these volunteers and survivors show the best parts of humanity,” David Eilenberg, head of content at Roku Media, said in a statement.

“The series gives not only a look at the life of a ‘Greyshirt’ in the field by sharing their incredible stories and the impact they have in the communities they serve,” said de la Cruz. “It also shares how their services promote resilience and recovery as the frequency and intensity of disasters increase.”

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Roku Launches Dedicated ‘This Old House’ Streaming Channel

Roku continues to expand upon its license rights to the “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House” home improvement and crafts series franchises.

The SVOD market co-founder Feb. 8 announced the launch of the “This Old House Makers Channel,” which features craftspeople displaying their skills in woodworking, metalworking, design, and building, among other skills. Since 1979, the “This Old House” brand has attempted to jumpstart viewers’ do-it-yourself activities and new trades.

“‘This Old House’ has provided trusted expertise to generations of homeowners, and we are delighted to continue our tradition of excellence by showcasing the most talented makers in the industry today,” Dan Suratt, VP of ‘This Old House,’ Roku, said in a statement. “These makers deserve their own channel on [streaming] and we’re excited to share their work with a new streaming audience.”

Featured Makers at launch include:

  • Tyler Bell — Fearless inventor, fabricator, and epic problem solver Tyler Bell challenges himself to make just about anything. His ultimate goal: to inspire the maker in all of us.
  • Anne Briggs — A self-taught farmer, builder, and educator intent on teaching and preserving disappearing life skills, Anne of All Trades’ Anne Briggs helps people build simple, deeply rooted lives they love.
  • Bob Clagett — When designer and builder Bob Clagett starts making stuff, you never know what to expect — the former software developer takes on complex projects from robots to film props to video-game consoles.
  • Jimmy DiResta — When makers look for inspiration, they find it with master craftsperson Jimmy DiResta. An artist who seeks to share and inspire, and says, “I make stuff. It’s what I do.”
  • Jason Hibbs — Craftsman and builder Jason Hibbs of Bourbon Moth Wooworking Co, builds custom furniture and fixtures with a “stop thinking and start doing” attitude.
  • Paul Jackman — Full-time maker and content creator, Paul Jackman works with a mix of materials, typically focusing on high-end reclaimed and upcycled projects through woodworking.
  • Laura Kampf — Maker and designer Laura Kampf makes videos about making stuff. Her creative inspiration takes flight in her workshop where she puts her tools to work, often building with a mix of recycled materials.
  • Make 48 — Make48 is an exciting look at the entire invention process from idea to store shelf. Teams compete to develop a new product idea, plan it, make a prototype, and pitch it — all in just 48 hours.
  • John Malecki — Former NFL Lineman turned professional woodworker, John Malecki shares his deep passion for building with hilarious commentary to match and provides inspiration for others to tackle big projects.
  • Jamison Rantz — Engineer and craftsman Jamison Rantz uses 3D (DMTRF) modeling expertise to build original designs for everyday life, so even first-time makers feel empowered to create.
  • Brad Rodriguez — Founder of the popular Fix This Build That brand, woodworker Brad Rodriguez inspires others to pick up their tools and build something awesome.
  • Chris Salomone — Providing clear and in-depth details from start to finish, custom furniture designer and woodworker Chris Salomone takes just as much pleasure in the design phase as in the art of the build.
  • Ben Uyeda — Ben stepped away from the award-winning architecture firm he co-founded to develop media companies that deliver affordable designs to the masses. His ideas have reached more than 50 million people and the free designs are being built on six different continents.
  • April Wilkerson — Creator of Wilker Do’s, master woodworker and welder April Wilkerson builds just about everything from scratch for her home. Working from her woodshop in the Texas Hill Country, there’s not much April can’t make.


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This Old House Makers Channel (channel 458 on The Roku Channel) joins This Old House Classic (channel 457) and This Old House (channel 456), which first launched on The Roku Channel in 2019. The series also airs on PBS.

Last July, “This Old House” won its 19th Emmy for “Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program” at the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Roku Bowing ‘This Old House’ SVOD Service; Announces New Episodes

Roku Sept. 30 announced that Emmy Award-winning series “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House” would premiere new seasons on Sept. 30 on The Roku Channel. For the first time in the franchise’s 43-year history, the 2021-22 season would feature 39 episodes of each show — 13 more than in previous seasons.

The new episodes will premiere on PBS as well as on an all-new dedicated premium subscription channel on The Roku Channel on Thursdays. Viewers will be able to stream new episodes for free on demand on The Roku Channel the following Mondays.

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Roku in March announced it had acquired the “This Old House” franchise, including global distribution rights, all subsidiary brands and the television production studio. From more than 200 linear channels available on The Roku Channel, “This Old House” is one of the top 20 linear channels by hours streamed from Jan. 1 to Sept. 1, according to Roku.

“Joining Roku earlier this year enabled [us] to invest more in our storied brand, which will benefit an all-new generation of home improvement enthusiasts this season and in many years to come,” Dan Suratt, VP of “This Old House” at Roku, said in a statement.

In July, the show won its 19th Emmy for “Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program” at the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Returning for its 43rd season, “This Old House” will kick off in Concord, Mass., with a young family who is moving from the city to a New England Cape built in 1880. The owners are hands-on renovators and want to improve upon the views of their three-acre property and make better use of their space. The This Old House cast of experts team up with the Silva Brothers to reconfigure this Revolutionary New England Cape.

“Ask This Old House” returns for its 20th season with new episodes, including general soldering techniques and how to connect water piping, how to build, install, and paint a railing for deck stairs to match the original railing, how to create a durable landscape that can withstand heavy pedestrian traffic and more. The show will feature a special 20th anniversary episode in January 2022.

Starting Oct. 12, the “This Old House” subscription VOD channel will be available on The Roku Channel in the United States. The channel channel costs $4.99 a month and will launch with a 14-day free trial.

Launching separately Oct. 13, “This Old House Classic” is a live channel on The Roku Channel featuring classic episodes dating back to 1979 and featuring original hosts Bob Vila and Steve Thomas.

Roku Acquires ‘This Old House’ Business

Roku has acquired the “This Old House” business, including its global distribution rights and all of its subsidiary brands, including the “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House” TV programs, the show libraries, all digital assets, and the television production studio.

“This Old House” and “Ask This Old House” were the two top-rated home improvement programs in the United States in 2020, according to Nielsen data, and have earned a total of 19 Emmy Awards and 102 nominations, according to a Roku press release. Past seasons of “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House” are already available for free on The Roku Channel through both linear and on demand programming. Current seasons (“This Old House” season 42 and “Ask This Old House” season 19) are available for free on The Roku Channel as on demand episodes after they air on local PBS stations.

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“As the top-rated home improvement programs in America, ‘This Old House’ has the broad appeal that is perfectly suited to support The Roku Channel’s ad-supported growth strategy,” Rob Holmes, Roku VP of programming, said in a statement. “‘This Old House’ created the television home improvement genre and is beloved by millions of fans. We are thrilled to welcome this incredible team, and we could not be more excited to help grow the brand for an entire new generation of home improvement enthusiasts.”

“The passion of the craftspeople on ‘This Old House’ is matched only by its viewers, and we take great pride that over the past four decades we have helped them improve their most valuable asset — their home,” Dan Suratt, CEO, This Old House Ventures, said in a statement. “Roku is not only the No. 1 TV streaming platform in America, it also represents the future of TV, and we could not think of a better home for ‘This Old House’ to grow and to continue its leadership position in the home improvement genre.”

“This Old House,” which marked its 40th Anniversary in 2019, has broad distribution that “enables fans to find the authoritative voice in home improvement on their platform of choice, and makes the shows an ideal partner for leading national brands seeking to reach the attractive home improvement consumer segment,” stated the Roku press release.

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Roku plans to expand both the production and distribution of the “This Old House” brand, according to the press release.

Roku acquired TOH Intermediate Holdings, which owns the “This Old House” business, from TZP Group. The executive team of “This Old House” will join Roku, including CEO Dan Suratt. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.