Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s (NASDAQ: CSSE) production subsidiary in India – Locomotive Global – today provided an update on its rapidly growing original operations. The company’s popular series Rana Naidu has received a greenlight from Netflix India for a second season. The series' first season was extremely popular – and quickly became India's number-one streamed series shortly after launching – and trended in Netflix’s Global Top 10 for Non-English TV two weeks after it launched.
Locomotive Global also recently signed deals with the following:
All3Media – The company acquired the rights to bring the popular unscripted series Undercover Boss to India
Applause Entertainment (India) and Case Closed Entertainment – Partnered to create a high-quality episodic procedural series for India. Simon Mirren from Cased Closed Entertainment previously created the series Spooks, Versailles, and Without a Trace and was the Showrunner of Criminal Minds. The series is also produced by Ben Anderson of Case Closed Entertainment
Acquired the rights to the British series I’ve Created a Monster – Through a deal with Chudor Entertainment, the company is producing an Indian adaptation of this original British series written by Terry Clark
Development of TV Town – Locomotive Global is creating a drama series set in the early years of cable television in India. It tells the story of the emergence of an entire nation as it shrugs off decades of isolationism and liberalizes its culture and economy. The company secured the rights to the book The Making of Star India, which will be used as a basis for the series. The series will be co-produced with House of Talkies
Mountain Dark – Locomotive has partnered with Endemol Shine India to develop an original Indo-Western thriller set in the foothills of the Himalayas. The series is being written and directed by Prashant Nair, who made the award-winning film, Umrika, and recently released his critically acclaimed series, Trial By Fire, on Netflix. The series was labeled by Variety as “One of Netflix India’s best yet.”
In addition to its original series, Locomotive Global has begun to develop South Indian language projects that include both films and television series. The first series in development is titled Pallavapuram (Tamil language), and a film titled Chelambara (Malayalam) that tells the true story of a bank heist. The company is also developing genre films for the mainstream Indian market – emphasizing cost-effectiveness.
“The market for original content in India has rapidly grown over the past several years, especially as streaming services like Netflix are heavily investing in scaling their services,” said Sunder Aaron, managing partner of Locomotive Global. “We are well positioned to take advantage of this surge in demand for content by creating projects that are unique and draw large audiences. We’re delighted our series Rana Naidu has received a second season green light from Netflix, and to see how massive a hit it has become.”
About Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) provides premium content to value-conscious consumers. The company is one of the largest advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) companies in the US, with three flagship AVOD streaming services: Redbox, Crackle, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. In addition, the company operates Redbox Free Live TV, a free ad-supported streaming television service (FAST), with over 160 channels as well as a transaction video on demand (TVOD) service, and a network of approximately 32,000 kiosks across the US for DVD rentals. To provide original and exclusive content to its viewers, the company creates, acquires, and distributes films and TV series through its Screen Media and Chicken Soup for the Soul TV Group subsidiaries. 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.
About Locomotive Global Inc.
Locomotive Global Inc. (LGI), a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: CSSE) was co-founded in 2013 by media and entertainment industry executives Sunder Aaron and Scott Anderson. LGI is a US-incorporated company that holds several media assets and operates primarily in the US and India focused on developing, producing, and distributing Indian-themed global quality television and film content for the Indian market and around the world. Through its India-based subsidiary, Locomotive Global Media LLP (LGM), LGI incubates and operates its India media business. The company has an active development slate that includes both scripted drama series as well as feature films. LGI is also active in programming sales and distribution across broadcast TV and OTT platforms.
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