First Season of the College Thriller Series In the Vault Breaks 3.4 Million Views in the First Month on Crackle, Making it the Most-Watched New Release of the Year

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, announced today that the series In the Vault has garnered over 3.4 million views since its premiere June 1, making it one of the most-watched new shows on Crackle. 

 

The eight-part thriller series starring Audrey Whitby, Claudia Lee, Anthony Granaderos, and Sydney Sweeney follows students at Woodlawn College, where a student is killed at a campus party. The series focuses on the murdered student’s surviving dorm hallmates. Each individual possesses their own secret that may or may not serve as a motive for the dark deed that has taken place. No one is safe from the suspicions of others as each episode spotlights a different student as they move from being the protagonist one week to a suspect the next.

 

“We are so excited to see our audience responding to the fun nail-biting edge-of-your-seat thrill-fest that is In the Vault,” said Jeff Meier, head of programming for Crackle Plus. “We thought this series would be a big hit, but the strong word of mouth and social buzz our fans are giving it exceeds even our wildest expectations.” 

 

Season two of the show will premiere as a Crackle Original later this year, with exciting new cast members joining the student body of Woodlawn College. The plot thickens as the students continue to dig into the mystery of the previous season while fresh intrigue cries out from under the very ground on which they stand. 

 

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

 

The Crackle Plus streaming service is 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 desktop 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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