Ukrainian Fantasy Series to Premiere on Crackle


Cossacks, a new Ukrainian fantasy series, is set to stream on Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Crackle from September 1.

The 12-episode sword and sorcery fantasy series follows Ivan, a young Ukrainian peasant who grows into an adventure-seeking rogue. The series stars Yuriy Dyak (The Inheritance), Andrey Isaenko (Silence) and Mila Sivatskaya (The Last Warrior).

Cossacks was created by executive producer and showrunner Oksana Ivanyuk. The show was written by Ivanyuk and Oleg Zborovsky, directed by Oleksandr Berezan and produced by Anastasiya Shteynguaz and Iryna Khranovska for ICTV. IQ Production also produced.

Screen Media Ventures holds U.S. and Canadian distribution rights for the series.

Several Ukrainian actors and crew associated with Cossacks are now actively fighting in the war against Russia. Actors Volodymyr Kravchuk (Zubrik), Volodymyr Kanivets (Khan) and the production’s horse trainer Oleg Yurchshyn are on the front lines. Cossacks‘ pyrotechnician Olexander Suvorov was killed during the first months of the full-scale invasion.

“We are so excited to have our series premiere on Crackle,” said Ivanyuk. “Since nearly every aspect of the series is Ukrainian, it is the perfect way for our people to communicate our culture to an American audience where they can join this exciting, fantastical adventure for free.”

“We’re thrilled to announce this series is coming to Crackle–especially today being Ukrainian Independence Day,” said Phil Oppenheim, chief content officer for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “Our fans have always gravitated towards comedy, action and fantasy. This fabulously fun series has everything they’re looking for and more, rolled up into an incredibly smart swashbuckling adventure.”