Ahead of the Largest Wedding Season in 75 years, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Rolls Out Major Original Wedding Content Offering

NEW YORK, N.Y.

Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) streaming services, today announced upcoming new wedding content releases planned for June.

 

Looking forward to the summer of 2022 as the largest wedding season since the end of World War II, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and Crackle Plus bring the original series World’s Best Weddings, Wedding Talk, and the original feature film The Wedding Arrangement as well as dozens of hours of other nuptial-themed content. 

 

The 40-episode Chicken Soup for the Soul original series World’s Best Weddings is a compilation of the best footage gathered by Love Stories TV from weddings around the globe. Get in a romantic mood this summer with these gorgeous episodes celebrating love and unity of all varieties. The first ten episodes premiered on the We Love Weddings Channel on the Chicken Soup for the Soul streaming service on June 1st, with consistent drops of new episodes throughout the year.

 

Please see the list of the first ten episodes below!

●      Episode One - Dreamy Italian Weddings - There's no such thing as a dull Italian wedding—from villas to ristorantes, you'll be inspired.

●      Episode Two - Awe-Inspiring Backdrops - Epic destination weddings with glaciers, canyons or calderas as their backdrops.

●      Episode Three - Heart-Exploding Moments - This episode will bring you to tears with heart-wrenching father-of-the-bride speeches, emotional first looks and inspiring vows.

●      Episode Four - Timeless Style - Showcasing brides who wore understated but elegant gowns that will never go out of style.

●      Episode Five - Weddings with an Outdoorsy Twist - Natural weddings, from rustic barns in Canada to boho Australia vineyards.

●      Episode Six - Epic South Asian Celebrations - South Asian weddings that will astound you with their details and traditions.

●      Episode Seven - Over the Top Affairs - Weddings from around the world with wow-worthy venues, sumptuous attire and exquisite details.

●      Episode Eight - Urban Fetes – Highlighting breathtaking global weddings with vibrant energy and modern-chic style.

●      Episode Nine - High Fashion Couples - Couples who will wow you with multiple changes, gilded sherwanis and colorful ball gowns.

●      Episode Ten - Amazing Elopements - Adventurous wedding elopements on snow-covered mountaintops and Yosemite waterfalls.

Olympic Gold Medalist and Olympic commentator Tara Lipinski discusses all things weddings with José Rolón (New York’s famous José Rolón Events) and wedding designer Jove Meyer (named Top Planner by Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, and The Knot). Wedding Talk uses stunning footage from the Love Stories TV library while the trio dish on the destinations, décor and – of course – the dresses, as well as every other element that makes these events momentous. This expert trio isn’t about dragging the newlyweds down the aisle; instead, this is a celebration of a couple’s ceremony, an examination of what’s hot and what’s not in the wedding industry today, and inspirational ideas for viewers to create their own dream day if they just open their minds to the possibilities. The series will premiere on the Chicken Soup for the Soul streaming service later this year. 

 

“Our team is so excited to share our view of the wedding world through the Chicken Soup for the Soul streaming audience,” said Rachel Silver, founder and chief executive officer of Love Stories TV. “There are so many reasons to celebrate these beautiful moments in life and the shows we are partnering to create will allow wedding fans to have a front row seat for every emotional minute captured by some of the most talented wedding filmmakers in the world.”

 

To keep the fun and festivities rolling, Chicken Soup for the Soul is also premiering from Reel One Entertainment the original feature film The Wedding Arrangement starring Kristina Cole (Billions, The Blacklist) and Cody Griffis (Good Girls). This romantic comedy tells the heartwarming story of a buttoned-up botanist turned fearful florist who must team up with a photographer who flies by the seat of his pants in order to pull off the biggest wedding of her career. Follow the adventure as the seeds of love bounce from rocky soil to fertile ground. This will be the first in a regular release of romantic comedy feature films from Reel One on Crackle Plus streaming services.

 

“At our Chicken Soup for the Soul AVOD service, one of our audience's key genres is romance, and we're so happy to be diving headfirst into wedding season with both original rom-coms and original unscripted content,” said Jeff Meier, head of programming for Crackle Plus. “Whether you're planning a wedding yourself, or just looking to escape into a dreamy world of wedded fantasies, we've got you covered this summer.”

 

Crackle Plus’ recent releases include the exclusive scripted series Les Norton, which stars Alexander Bertram and Rebel Wilson, Tia Mowery’s Comfort Kitchen, the suspense thriller Blast, Inside the Black Box, hosted by Joe Morton and the award-winning BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They also recently announced season three of the award-winning series Going From Broke. 

 

The Crackle Plus streaming services are currently distributed through 85 touchpoints in the U.S. on platforms including Amazon Fire TV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and Xbox One), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com, with previously announced plans to expand to over 110 touchpoints.

 

ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) (the “Company”) operates video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services. The Company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad- supported VOD streaming services including Crackle, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The Company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media and 1091 Pictures subsidiaries and produces original video content through the Chicken Soup for the Soul Television Group. 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.

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