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 the July 28th premiere date of the Popcornflix original sci-fi series Salvage Marines starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Con Man), Peter Shinkoda (The Man in the High Castle, Daredevil), Armand Assante (The Mambo Kings, Judge Dredd), Elle LaMont (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Machete Kills), Jennifer Wenger (Stripped, Lavalantula), and Kevin Porter (The Watchers, The X-Files).
The series tells the story of a grim future of corporate tyranny and deep space combat, where Samuel Hyst (Van Dien) can barely make ends meet as a factory laborer, daring not to dream of a life beyond the polluted industrial planet of Baen 6. Everything changes when his young wife, Sura, reveals that she is pregnant, and Samuel is faced with the harsh reality that his child will be born into the same servitude that he was. Determined to create a better life for his growing family, Samuel and his best friend Ben Takeda (Shinkoda) sign up for the hazardous life of a salvage marine, the foot soldiers of a militarized deep space operation.
The sci-fi action series, premiering exclusively on Popcornflix, is based on books 1-3 of the Necrospace book series written by Sean-Michael Argo. The series was created by Raphael Jordan, Jamie R. Thompson and Sean-Michael Argo and directed by Shaun Paul Piccinino.
“This series is a fantastic homage to the pulp sci-fi films and TV shows of the mid-90s that made Casper Van Dien a star,” said Jeff Meier, head of programming for Crackle Plus. “We’re excited for this explosive premiere and look forward to drawing the Popcornflix audience into the deep-space heroics of the Salvage Marines!”
“This show holds a special place in my heart as a huge fan of all the classic sci-fi I loved growing up,” said series lead and co-executive producer Casper Van Dien. “Popcornflix is the perfect place to launch this adrenaline-fueled series for all fans to enjoy for free!”
The Popcornflix AVOD app is free on Roku, FireTV, Samsung TV, LG TV, AppleTV, Android TV, IOS and Android mobile and tablets, as well as on desktop.
The series is produced by ORWO Studios and Telegael in association with Black Hangar Studios and Lighthouse Pictures and is distributed in the U.S. by Screen Media.
Crackle Plus’ recent releases include the popular sketch comedy series Funny Girls, the hit college thriller series In the Vault, the exclusive scripted series Les Norton, which stars Alexander Bertram and Rebel Wilson, Inside the Black Box, hosted by Joe Morton, and the award-winning BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Crackle Plus also recently announced season three of the award-winning series Going From Broke.
The Crackle Plus streaming Apps and channels are currently distributed through 85 touch points 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 atCrackle.com, with previously announced plans to expand to over 110 touch points. 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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