The Roku Channel Inks Deal With Lionsgate for Its First Original Movie

Roku and Lionsgate Sept. 8 announced that an all-new movie based on Emmy-winning show “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” will debut on The Roku Channel this holiday season.

The project, which will bring the original cast back for a holiday encore, is the first Roku Original feature-length film announced for The Roku Channel. Production for Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas will commence in Vancouver this month and will stream exclusively on The Roku Channel in the U.S., as well as streaming on Roku in Canada and the U.K.

In addition to the new feature film, all 25 episodes of the critically acclaimed series, which aired on NBC for two seasons, will be available to stream on The Roku Channel in the U.S. starting later this fall.

“‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ is the kind of show that doesn’t just entertain people, it speaks to them,” Colin Davis, Roku’s head of original scripted programming, said in a statement.

The film picks up where season two left off, continuing Zoey’s journey as she navigates work, family, love, and everything in between. Golden Globe nominated Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar, David St. Louis, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Gallagher, and Bernadette Peters (nominated for an Emmy for her performance in the series), will all reprise their roles.

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” is produced by Lionsgate in association with the Tannenbaum Company, Feigco Entertainment and Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment and Zihuatenejo Productions.

The series earned multiple award accolades, including an Emmy for outstanding choreography for scripted programming, five Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for Levy.

“The fans were passionate and unwavering in their support, and their perseverance paid off,” said Scott Herbst, EVP of television and head of development, and Lee Hollin, EVP of television and head of current programming, both at Lionsgate.

Austin Winsberg will write and executive produce. Richard Shepard, director of the “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” pilot, will direct. Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles will serve as executive producers. Dan Magnante, Jason Wang and Mandy Moore will serve as co-executive producers with Michele Greco serving as producer. Sam Laybourne and Samantha McIntyre are consulting producers.

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