Cinedigm April 10 announced a development deal with former NFL player Trevor Pryce and his Baltimore-based multimedia organization Outlook Company. As part of the agreement, Cinedigm will serve as the development and distribution partner for Outlook’s pending over-the-top video network.
Cinedigm Digital Networks will provide full digital distribution of the channel, including third-party platforms, a linear channel, home entertainment licensing support and Ad-supported VOD and subscription VOD services across all major mobile devices, connected TVs, and set-top boxes. Cinedigm will also build all direct-to-consumer apps.
Following a 14-year career in the National Football League, Pryce wrote the award-winning young adult novel and comic series, “Kulipari: An Army of Frogs,” which was adapted into an animated series by Netflix in 2016.
“Kulipari” chronicles several Australian Outback species as they fight for power and survival. In its inaugural season, the series featured the voice talents Keith David, Lacey Chabert, Phil LaMarr, Wendie Malick, Laraine Newman, and Charlie Adler.
In the second season, “Kulipari: Dream Walker,” Star Wars icon Mark Hamill joined the series as the wise hermit Old Jir — a role that recently earned the veteran actor a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program.
The linear channel’s content will be created by Pryce and his team, with a morning block offering original animated programming for pre-school children under the “Towns of Lil’ Lookbanner,” followed by afternoon and evening blocks putting the spotlight on Kulipari.
The channel will also include the adult-oriented late night lineup “We Check ID,” focusing on podcasts, music, animation, and pop culture. Viewers can expect new and original content created by Outlook Company’s Maryland-based studio OVFX.
“Our team is skilled in creating content and strategies for a wide range of demographics and tastes, and we look forward to using this expertise to make this new channel successful,” Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks, said in a statement.