Roku Inks Deals with Marquee Brands & Milk Street Studios to Serve Up All-New Roku Original Series, Plus Library Content, Starring Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Chris Kimball for The Roku Channel
In addition to new titles, deals bring more than 3,000 episodes of library content from popular food & lifestyle personalities Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Chris Kimball to The Roku Channel
San Jose, Calif. - May 3, 2022, Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) has inked co-production deals with Marquee Brands and Milk Street Studios to develop seven all-new original series starring iconic lifestyle and culinary personalities Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Christopher Kimball for The Roku Channel.
In addition to the all-new original series, the deals will bring complete past seasons of Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Christopher Kimball series to The Roku Channel. Streamers will be able to enjoy more than 3,000 episodes of compelling library content from the vault for free. The Roku Channel will further extend the ways users can watch the content by creating linear channels featuring the programming for its Live TV Guide.
Rob Holmes, Vice President, Programming, Roku: "We are thrilled to bring our viewers this standout content from culinary and cultural powerhouses Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Chris Kimball - for free. The Roku Channel's impressive reach, incredibly engaged userbase and successful monetization model continues to make it an attractive destination for content partners and established talent to elevate their programming and connect with streaming audiences at scale. These exciting first-of-their-kind partnerships for Roku with Marquee Brands and Milk Street Studios, showcase our unique ability to drive value across the streaming ecosystem."
The deal ushers in new programming to bolster both The Roku Channel's original and licensed content offerings and further enhances the depth of free food and lifestyle content available for streamers. These deals demonstrate Roku's interest in combining both original productions and licensed content through these unique, first-of-their-kind partnerships.
Neil Fiske, CEO of Marquee Brands: "We're thrilled to be working with a great partner like The Roku Channel to make several of our celebrated series led by world renowned personalities Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse accessible to audiences for free. Martha and Emeril are two of the most trusted names in the food and home sectors and we can't wait to serve up all-new series for millions of streamers to devour soon. This comes at an exciting time for Martha as we continue to build Martha.com into an online commerce and content destination, as well as expand our product offering with Emeril."
Martha Stewart: "I am so excited to bring new and engaging content and beloved episodes created by me and my team from throughout the years to the Roku audience."
Chef Emeril Lagasse: "I'm thrilled to join the Roku family and connect with viewers on the powerful and joyful experience of cooking at home for your friends and family. Get ready for new dishes, recipes and techniques that will keep you inspired and happy!"
Christopher Kimball, Founder of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street: "The world of home cooking is going through a massive revolution as new combinations of flavors, techniques and recipes are being introduced to American kitchens. Christopher Kimball's Milk Street is delighted to share this exciting new approach to putting dinner on the table with The Roku Channel's huge audience as well as to introduce all-new Roku Original series."
Marquee Brands - Martha Stewart Productions
Lifestyle icon Martha Stewart cooks 100 of her favorite recipes, working with world renowned chefs and dear friends, all from her home kitchen in Bedford, New York.
"MARTHA HOLIDAYS" (working title)
Martha Stewart is your host for everything holiday! From festive family dishes and dazzling desserts, from decorating tips to thoughtful gift ideas, Martha will share her secrets for a successful and joyous holiday season.
Martha Stewart is a passionate gardener and cultivator of plants and vegetables. Over the course of a year in the life of her incredible 153-acre farm, Martha will share the tips, tricks and tools that gardeners of all skill levels need to be successful - and have fun.
Marquee Brands - Emeril Lagasse Productions
Famous for bringing his creative take on Creole and Cajun cuisine to the masses, celebrity chef, author and restauranteur Emeril Lagasse is excited to be back with some of his favorite recipes. "Emeril Cooks" will fuse the rich traditions of New Orleans cuisine with brand new dishes and techniques inspired by Emeril's renowned restaurant menus and line of cookbooks.
Whether you're in the parking lot or the living room, no game is complete without the food and drinks you share with family and friends. Chef and grill master Emeril Lagasse will add his signature "kick" to regionally specific dishes inspired by popular tailgate fare from across the country, from Buffalo wings to Kansas City BBQ.
Milk Street Studios Productions
"MILK STREET'S COOKING SCHOOL"
Christopher Kimball brings Milk Street's Cooking School to The Roku Channel. With appealing, approachable recipes from around the world, Kimball and his team of experts seek to inspire home cooks to try new techniques, ingredients, and tools that will make them more confident, more successful and more excited to get in the kitchen.
"MILK STREET'S MY FAMILY RECIPE"
Few things evoke such emotion as food shared with family. With a combination of historical context and modern culinary know-how, Christopher Kimball and James Beard Award Winner Cheryl Day will help home cooks recreate lost or forgotten cherished family recipes. My Family Recipe is more than a cooking show - it's a show about history, community, family, and memories, and how food ties it all together.
Library Content Coming to The Roku Channel
Users of The Roku Channel will be able to view and enjoy complete seasons of Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Milk Street series. The Roku Channel will also create dedicated linear channels for users to watch the programming through its Live TV Guide.
· Martha Bakes Seasons 1-11
· Martha Stewart's Cooking School Seasons 1-5
· Martha Stewart Living Seasons 1-11
· Essence of Emeril Seasons 1-11
· Emeril Live Seasons 1-19
· Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Television Seasons 1-5
Launched in 2017, The Roku Channel is the home of free and premium entertainment on the Roku platform. In Q4 2021, The Roku Channel reached U.S. households with an estimated 80 million people. The Roku Channel was a top 5 channel on the Roku platform in the U.S. by active account reach and streaming hour engagement in Q1 2022. Today, The Roku Channel features a diverse lineup of more than 80,000 free movies and programs and over 275 free live linear television channels in the U.S, ￼as well as Premium Subscriptions from over 50 content partners. It licenses and distributes content from more than 250 partners. In addition to Roku devices, The Roku Channel is available on Web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV and select Samsung TVs and can be accessed internationally in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
For information on "Emeril Cooks," "Emeril Tailgates," "Martha Bakes," "Martha Gardens," "Martha Holidays" (working title),"Milk Street My Family Recipe." and "Milk Street Cooking School" visit https://therokuchannel.roku.com.
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About Marquee Brands
Marquee Brands is a leading global brand owner, marketer, and media company. Owned by investor funds managed by Neuberger Berman, one of the world's leading employee-owned investment managers, Marquee Brands targets high-quality brands with strong consumer awareness and long-term growth potential. Marquee Brands seeks to identify brands in various consumer product segments with the goal of expanding their reach across retail channels, geography, and product category while preserving the brand heritage and enhancing the ultimate consumer experience. The portfolio includes Martha Stewart, The BCBG Group, Ben Sherman, Dakine, Sur La Table, Body Glove, Emeril Lagasse, Motherhood Maternity, A Pea in a Pod, and Bruno Magli. Through its global team of professionals and partners, Marquee Brands monitors trends and markets in order to grow and manage brands in partnership with retailers, licensees, and manufacturers through engaging, impactful strategic planning, marketing, and e-commerce. www.marqueebrands.com
About Christopher Kimball's Milk Street
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street is located in downtown Boston-at 177 Milk Street-and is home to a magazine, Emmy-winning public television show, radio show, cooking school and online retail store. They are the authors of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook, Milk Street: Tuesday Nights, as well as numerous others, including Milk Street: The World in a Skillet, Milk Street: Cookish, and the upcoming Milk Street: Cook What You Have.