NEW YORK, NY
Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, announced today the acquisition of North American distribution rights to the science fiction action series Salvage Marines. The cinematic and action-packed series will be released on the Crackle Plus streaming services as a Crackle and Popcornflix Original in July 2022.
The dystopian futuristic series follows Samuel (Emmy Award-Winning actor Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow), who works as a factory laborer on planet Baen 6. When Samuel learns his wife is pregnant, he does the only thing he can to ensure his child will avoid the same societal debt he has – enlist in the planet’s military ranks as a salvage marine. Armand Assante (Judge Dredd, American Gangster) also stars in the series alongside Peter Shinkoda (The Predator, Midway).
The series is directed by Shaun Paul Piccinino (Deadliest Warrior), co-written by Sean-Michael Argo and Rafael Jordan, and produced by Philippe Martinez for MSR Media, Jake Seal and Jamie R Thompson for Orwo Studios, and Terry Bird from Black Hangar Studios with MSR Media Karinne Behr and Lee Beasley acting as executive producers. Production financing for the series was provided by Sherborne Media, with Alastair Burlingham, Gary Raskin, Charlie Dombek and Elizabeth Primm serving as executive producers.
“We’re thrilled to bring Salvage Marines to the Crackle Plus platforms,” said Screen Media. “It’s a perfect blend of sci-fi and action, and it builds a deep and gripping world that our audiences are sure to get lost in.”
“Crackle is the perfect launchpad for Salvage Marines,” said Orwo. “It took us over four years from optioning the book to bring this series to release, and we are excited to see how sci-fi fans react.”
The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, executive vice president of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, on behalf of Screen Media and Jake Seal on behalf of Orwo Distribution. MSR Media International is representing international rights.
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.
ABOUT SCREEN MEDIA VENTURES, LLC
Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms. The company acquires AVOD rights for third party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. Screen Media also recently acquired 1091 Pictures. For more information, visit: www.screenmedia.net.
ABOUT BLACK HANGAR STUDIOS
Black Hangar Studios is the UK’s most versatile studio – a fully integrated and cutting-edge movie studio with virtual sets, photogrammetry, In house production crew, full post production services, largest standing green screen cyclorama in Europe, covid lab on site and wide ranging backlot. Known for: Star Wars Rogue One, Dumbo, 24 Die Another Day, Ra One, Top Gear, Dr Who. Financed and produced:) Breaking The Bank (Kelsey Grammer) Miracle landing on the Hudson, Born To Be Blue (Ethan Hawke), 97 Minutes (Alec Baldwin). www.blackhangarstudios.com
ABOUT ORWO STUDIOS
Orwo Studios is Louisiana’s most unique production facility -- a full serviced physical film studio located in Jackson, Louisiana boasting a ranging backlot, accommodation, post production services, VFX and full delivery. Known for: Magnificent Seven, Free State of Jones, Mazerunner. Financed and produced: Blaze (Directed by Ethan Hawke), Jeepers Creepers 3, Back Roads, Salvage Marines, Grand Isle (Nicholas Cage), Willy's Wonderland, The System, Jeepers Creepers Reborn. www.orwo.studio
ABOUT THE ORWO GROUP
The Orwo Group develops and produces color and b/w films for cameras in the photographic and cinematic market under the ORWO brand in a century-old tradition. Uniting many specialty companies from the most diverse areas of the “film” value chain. Through the companies InovisCoat GmbH (spin-off of the research department of the former AGFA Leverkusen, Germany) and FilmoTec GmbH (spin-off of the former ORWO, located in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany). www.orwo.family
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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