Chinese blockbuster from Con-Air director Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Mechanic are coming to Crackle Networks as an AVOD exclusive
COS COB, Connecticut, July 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today that both subtitled and dubbed versions of the big budget disaster film Skyfire will be released from Sunday the 1st.
Directed by Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, ‘Con Air’, The Mechanic), the Highland Film Group’s film which topped the Chinese box office stars Jason Isaacs (Hotel Mumbai), Hannah Quinlivan (Skyscraper), Xueqi Wang (Iron Man 3) and Shawn Dou (Wolf Totem). Skyfire, produced by Meridian Entertainment, is China’s first large-scale disaster film and debuted in December 2019. VFX producer John Hughes, co-founder of Rhythm & Hues, worked with six top VFX companies around the world to create the special effects. The film was written by Will Wei Bu and Sidney King and produced by Jennifer Wenjie Dong.
Chaos erupts in Skyfire as the once dormant volcano begins to rumble in the world’s only volcano theme park and resort. A young scientist (Quinlivan) must convince the resort owner (Isaacs) to evacuate the island before it’s too late.
“Skyfire is exactly the kind of over-the-top, big-budget blockbuster our fans are looking for in their summer movies,” said Jeff Meier, Crackle Plus program director. “The film broke box office records in China and we are really excited to bring this to a US audience.”
As one of the few AVODs that is constantly adding original and exclusive programming that uplifts, entertains and inspires audiences, Crackle Skyfire adds alongside original and AVOD-exclusive titles including PROMISELAND, Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story, Cagefighter, After the Murder of Albert Lima, Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story, The Clearing, Anything is Possible: The Serge Ibaka Story, Bucket List, and the award-winning Going From Broke, which recently premiered its second season.
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Skyfire is distributed in North America by Screen Media, a chicken soup for Soul Entertainment, Inc. and supplier of exclusive and original content for Crackle Plus.
The three primary Crackle Plus networks, Crackle, Popcornflix and Chicken Soup for the Soul, are continuously being introduced as AVOD or FAST channels on up to 41 platforms at new sales touchpoints. The Crackle Plus networks are currently distributed across 49 touchpoints in the US, with an expansion to 64 touchpoints planned, including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), game consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in around 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.
ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR SOUL ENTERTAINMENT
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand (VOD) networks. The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks, including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix, and FrightPix. The company also purchases and distributes video content through its subsidiary Screen Media and produces long and short original content through Landmark Studio Group, Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted, APlus.com and Halcyon Television. 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 foods under the brand name Chicken Soup for the Soul.
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