Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment

Chicken Soup developing J.B. Smoove comedy with extended APX backing

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and APX Content Ventures have extended their existing content financing partnership and are in development on new reality series Dirty Pool With J.B. Smoove. The project, featuring the Curb Your Enthusiasm star, is the first to be greenlit under the extended deal, and will premiere exclusively on Crackle and […]

Chicken Soup for the Soul names Epix & Lionsgate veteran as CCO

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE) has appointed Epix and Lionsgate veteran Phil Oppenheim as chief content officer. Taking up the newly created role on 1 November, Oppenheim will lead content strategy across physical and streaming brands, including recent acquisition Redbox and Crackle, helping to grow revenue and profits. He will report to Jonathan […]

Chicken Soup for the Soul sets out leadership team following Redbox deal

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE) has unveiled its new senior leadership team following the $375m acquisition of DVD rental firm and producer Redbox. Redbox CEO Galen C. Smith becomes executive vice chairman of Redbox and CSSE, while former Scripps Networks exec Jonathan Katz has been named president of CSSE. Both report to chairman […]

David Ellender’s Halcyon Studios hires Dara Cohen to oversee scripted

David Ellender-led Halcyon Studios has hired former USA Network and Island Records exec Dara Cohen to work across its scripted output. Cohen becomes VP of scripted entertainment and will work closely with Matt Loze, president of scripted entertainment. She will oversee development at Halcyon, which was launched in 2021 after parent Chicken Soup for the […]

BBC Studios inks 2,500-hour AVOD deal with Screen Media

BBC Studios has signed a multi-year AVOD deal with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE)-backed Screen Media, for more than 2,500 hours of content, including shows such as Ripper Street and Happy Valley. Under the agreement, BBC Studios shows will be made available on CSSE-owned streamer Crackle Plus’ AVOD platforms including Crackle, Popcornflix, and […]

India’s Locomotive lands Story Ink & Mumbai Movie Studios duo

Locomotive Global Media (LGM), the Indian firm behind Netflix’s adaptation of Ray Donovan, has hired execs from domestic firms The Story Ink and Mumbai Movie Studios to work across production and finance. Laura Mishra becomes associate producer at LGM, which was acquired by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE) last year. She will be […]

Chicken Soup expands into India with Locomotive Global acquisition

US-based producer, distributor and AVOD operator Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment has acquired a majority stake in Indian prodco Locomotive Global. Founded in 2013, Mumbai- and LA-based Locomotive Global is led by former Hallmark Channel exec Scott Anderson and QYOU Media India co-founder Sunder Aaron. The company has built channels for Sony Entertainment Television in India and […]

Chicken Soup’s Landmark brings Elon Gold’s homespun comedy to Crackle Plus

US-based Landmark Studio Group has partnered with comedian Elon Gold to produce an original comedy series for parent company Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Crackle Plus VOD platform. The pilot episode of It’s Not A Show With Elon Gold is set to debut this summer with additional episodes currently in development. Bob Maurer (MTV’s The Tom Green […]

Chicken Soup & Sonar’s Ellender unveil drama arm to fuel AVOD strategy

US-based producer, distributor and AVOD operator Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE) has formed a new scripted division to be led by former Sonar Entertainment CEO David Ellender.  Halcyon Television’s formation comes less than a month after CSSE acquired Ellender’s Sonar Entertainment, which had been behind shows such as The Son for AMC, Mr Mercedes […]

Chicken Soup acquires assets of ‘Hunters’ prodco Sonar Entertainment

US-based producer, distributor and AVOD operator Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment has acquired the TV and film assets of the David Ellender-led prodco and distribution outfit Sonar Entertainment. LA-based indie Sonar, which also has offices in London and Toronto, has developed, produced, distributed and financed shows including The Shannara Chronicles for Netflix and MTV, […]