NEW YORK, NY
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, announced today the premiere of the AVOD exclusive series In the Vault on June 1, exclusively on Crackle. Season two of the thriller will launch this fall as a Crackle original.
Created by Ben Epstein (Happyland, Daddy’s Girls), the series stars Audrey Whitby (The Thundermans, Townies), Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria, The White Lotus), Caleb Castille (NCIS: Los Angeles, Tell Me a Story), Paul Karmiryan (The Dead Girls Detective Agency, Veronica Mars), Taylor Gray (American Princess, Star Wars: Rebels), Julia Kelly (The Deleted, Freakish), Tim Granaderos (13 Reasons Why, The Sex Lives of College Girls) and Claudia Lee (Famous in Love, Hart of Dixie).
During season one of In the Vault, a student is killed at a party one month into freshman year at college. Focusing on the victim's surviving dorm hall-mates as they come to suspect one another of being the killer, each student has secrets that may or may not serve as a motive, and none are safe from the others’ suspicions. Every episode spotlights a different hallmate as a protagonist one week and a suspect the next.
“In the Vault is exactly the kind of edge of your seat suspense that the Crackle audience always loves,” said Jeff Meier, head of programming for Crackle Plus. “Add in the star quality with such great young talent, and this series delivers on all fronts and will have your heart pounding through every twist and turn of this perfect weekend binge-able series.”
"In the Vault is the work of an extremely talented cast and crew, and I'm so thrilled Crackle is giving everyone a chance to showcase their inspiring efforts,” said In the Vault creator, Ben Epstein. “College is a time of reinvention; when you first arrive, everyone knows ‘who’ you are, but no one really knows who you are. So along the way of this campus-set whodunnit, we hope to shock, scare, titillate and intrigue you — and maybe make you laugh a bit as well."
In the Vault is distributed in the U.S. by Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. company and the supplier of exclusive and original content to Crackle Plus. 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, audience favorite Inside the Black Box and the award-winning BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They also recently announced season three of the award-winning Ashton Kutcher-produced series Going From Broke.
The Crackle Plus streaming services are currently distributed through 70 touchpoints in the U.S. on platforms including Amazon FireTV, 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 90 touchpoints. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.
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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