[11/17/20 - 08:07 AM] Crackle Debuts Original Mexican Wrestling Scripted Series, "Heroes of Lucha Libre," to Launch November 25 Directed by Alfredo Widman, the 11-part scripted series stars professional luchadores Rey Mysterio Jr., Mil Mascaras, Tinieblas Jr., Alushe, Dragon Lee and Blue Demon.
[via press release from Crackle]
CRACKLE DEBUTS ORIGINAL MEXICAN WRESTLING SCRIPTED SERIES, "HEROES OF LUCHA LIBRE," TO LAUNCH NOVEMBER 25
The 11-part series joins the free streaming platform's growing original and exclusive content library
NEW YORK, N.Y., November 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 the U.S. premiere of its original series, Heroes of Lucha Libre, launching on Wednesday, November 25. Directed by Alfredo Widman (The Red Thread), the 11-part scripted series stars professional luchadores Rey Mysterio Jr., Mil Mascaras, Tinieblas Jr., Alushe, Dragon Lee and Blue Demon.
Heroes of Lucha Libre celebrates and honors the rich cultural tradition of the Lucha Libre sport while integrating an imaginative comic book storyline. With a contemporary spin on the action in the ring, the series features superhero elements making it unique to other content of its genre. Produced and created by Joaquin Vodanovich alongside Alejandro Ortiz the series is written by Ortiz.
"I grew up watching these heroes with my grandfather in Mexico. Now I want to share all those emotions and admiration with the world and help to inspire future generations," said producer Alejandro Ortiz. "Lucha Libre tradition has been in our culture for over 100 years and we want to honor that heritage in the way it deserves. We think Crackle is the best partner to do just that," said producer Joaquin Vodanovich.
The deal was negotiated by Patrick Hughes, Harvey Russell and Pablito Vasquez of Foundation Media, who are also executive producers on the project.
As one of the only AVODs continually adding original and exclusive programming that uplifts, entertains, and inspires audiences, Crackle adds Heroes of Lucha Libre alongside original and AVOD exclusive titles including Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story, Robert the Bruce, Corporate Animals, Blue Iguana, Spides, Road to Race Day, Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, On Point, Anything is Possible - The Serge Ibaka Story, The Clearing, and Going From Broke, which was recently picked up for a second season.
"We are proud to add Heroes of Lucha Libre to Crackle's growing list of original series," said Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus. "This family friendly show spotlights the exciting and historic cultural traditions for the sport and its famous Luchadors."
Heroes of Lucha Libre is distributed worldwide by Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company and the supplier of exclusive and original content for Crackle Plus.
Crackle linear and VOD networks are available in the U.S. and can be accessed on up to 27 devices and services by the end of the year 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 80,000 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. 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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