Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment & BBC Studios Sign Content Deal


Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment has secured a multiyear content deal with BBC Studios to bring more than 2,500 hours of content to all current and future Crackle Plus streaming services, including Crackle, Popcornflix and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Beginning in April, more than 300 hours of content will be available to viewers for free on various Crackle Plus platforms, including the mystery series Ripper Street, starring Matthew MacFadyen (Succession). In addition, A Life in Ten Pictures will have its exclusive U.S. premiere in June on Crackle Plus, with more content to be added each month throughout the agreement.

The deal will also include Happy Valley, the crime miniseries From Darkness and the crime series Silent Witness. The Musketeers and The Coroner will be available to audiences as part of the agreement as well.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Screen Media is the exclusive supplier of original content to Crackle Plus streaming services.

William J. Rouhana Jr, chief executive officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, said: “The BBC has been producing highly sought-after content for years, and we expect this content to perform exceptionally well on our streaming services. The long-term nature of this agreement enables us to plan ahead to maximize the value of the content to our viewers as well as our advertisers, the BBC and us.”

David Fannon, president of Screen Media, said: “We are ecstatic to bring the Crackle Plus audience premium content from the BBC. With the Benedict Cumberbatch series Sherlock, the BBC’s extensive catalog of quality series and movies, and brand-new titles that have yet to be released, this agreement provides Chicken Soup for the Soul with a wide array of unique and high-quality content. Screen Media could not be happier than to announce this agreement with the BBC.”

Dina Vangelisti, executive VP of content sales for BBC Studios, said: “Through this multiyear partnership with Screen Media, we are making it even easier for customers to discover and access our robust programming catalog. The best of British content has never been easier to find in the Americas, and we’re excited by this new relationship with a leading AVOD service.”