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[09/17/20 - 07:01 AM]
Historical Drama "Robert the Bruce" Comes as AVOD Exclusive to Crackle October 1
The film stars Angus Macfadyen as the title character and explores events in Scotland following the action seen in Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning film Braveheart where Macfadyen first played the Scottish king.

[via press release from Crackle]

HISTORICAL DRAMA "ROBERT THE BRUCE" COMES AS AVOD EXCLUSIVE TO CRACKLE OCTOBER 1

The epic drama that picks up the historical timeline of Braveheart joins the free streaming platform's growing original and exclusive content library

NEW YORK, N.Y., September 17, 2020 - Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today that historical action-drama Robert the Bruce will be exclusively available for free on Crackle beginning Thursday, October 1.

The film stars Angus Macfadyen as the title character and explores events in Scotland following the action seen in Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning film Braveheart where Macfadyen first played the Scottish king. Jared Harris (The Crown) co-stars as Robert the Bruce's nemesis John Comyn, alongside Anna Hutchison (The Cabin In The Woods), Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl), Zach McGowan (Black Sails), Gabriel Bateman (American Gothic), Talitha Eliana-Bateman (Geostorm), Emma Kenney (Roseanne), Shane Coffey (Pretty Little Liars), and Kevin McNally (Pirates Of The Caribbean.)

As one of the only AVODs continually adding original and exclusive programming that uplifts, entertains, and inspires audiences, Crackle adds Robert the Bruce alongside original and exclusive titles that can only be found on Crackle, including Spides, Corporate Animals, Anything Is Possible - The Serge Ibaka Story, Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, The Clearing, and Going From Broke, recently picked up for a second season.

Robert the Bruce is distributed in the United States by Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, and the supplier of exclusive and original content for Crackle Plus.

"This Crackle AVOD Premiere of Robert The Bruce is the perfect example of how our close partnership with Screen Media is fast tracking our ability to offer recent premium content to our audience" said Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus.

In 14th century Scotland, King Robert the Bruce finds himself abandoned, wounded and on the run from the English army. Suffering a disastrous defeat, he takes shelter with a former soldier's wife (Hutchison) and her children who save his life and nurse him back to health. He becomes a part of their family, and they become the first soldiers in his new army as he sets out to claim the long-awaited freedom of Scotland.

Directed by Richard Gray, Macfadyen produced and co-wrote the film with Eric Belgau. "This year marks the 25th anniversary of Braveheart," said Macfadyen. "It's been pretty special to reprise the role in Robert the Bruce bringing such a powerful story to life, and Crackle's audience will see some deeper motivations and new insights into this historical character."

"The inspiring story told in Robert the Bruce is more personal," said Gray. "Viewers will see how Robert learns more about who he is and what he is fighting for."

"The real-world account of Robert the Bruce freeing Scotland from British rule details one of the most dramatic events in history, and this epic story is made all the more exciting by the elevated scale and level of filmmaking involved in the production," said Richard De Croce, senior vice president of programming for Crackle Plus. "We know this is one our audience will be talking about for years to come."

Crackle is available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 26 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix and garners 50 million streams of its movies and TV shows per month, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has over 78,000 hours of content available across all its networks, and premieres at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns a majority stake in the company formed with Sony Pictures Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

ABOUT SCREEN MEDIA VENTURES, LLC

Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films for the US and Canada. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms. The company acquires AVOD rights for third party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit www.screenmedia.net.





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