FilmRise Acquires Streaming Rights to Content from Urban Home Entertainment

New York-based film and TV studio and streaming network FilmRise has inked a North American distribution deal with African-American content distributor Urban Home Entertainment for its FilmRise Streaming Network.

The agreement gives FilmRise AVOD and FAST rights for its apps and FAST channels in the United States and Canada.

The deal includes more than 60 films and series, including eight volumes of “Laffapalooza,” hosted by Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx and featuring stand-up comedy acts such as Tracey Morgan, David Alan Grier, Sherri Shepherd, Loni Love, Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey.

“As we continue to grow our global streaming network it has been a major priority for us to super-serve diverse audiences,” Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions at FilmRise, said in a statement. “Urban Home Entertainment’s titles are high-quality programming starring incredible talent which we are excited to feature on multiple channels within the FilmRise Streaming Network, including our flagship FilmRise app, as well as FilmRise Comedy, FilmRise Black TV, FilmRise Free Movies apps and FAST channels and more, giving the content much real estate and discoverability.”

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“Having our programs on the FilmRise Streaming Network in the U.S. and Canada allows us to offer our titles for free to a wide and diverse audience,” Barrett Dungey, CEO of Urban Home Entertainment, said in a statement.  “We are impressed with the vast reach FilmRise has maintained and continues to expand.”

Other titles featured in the deal include “Streets,” starring rapper Meek Mill; the 2010 Harlem International Film Festival Best Film winner Anchor Baby; “Fatima’s Revenge,” produced by Gerald Barclay (“Wu: The Story of the Wu Tang Clan”); “Big Black Comedy,” volumes one through five; “A Beautiful Soul”; “Breathe”; and “The Urbans”; among other titles.