New York, April 24, 2018 – Sony Crackle, the free, ad-supported streaming network, announced the following news today at an upfront presentation held at Sony Headquarters in New York City by Eric Berger, Chief Digital Officer, Sony Pictures Television Networks and General Manager, Sony Crackle:
● Season two renewal for “The Oath,” executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and starring Ryan Kwanten, who is also a producer. (note separate release attached)
● Network announces September launch of “Snatch” season two; as previously announced, Kevin Connolly of “Entourage” will direct multiple episodes of the Rupert Grint series.
● Release of first-look clip of Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino in her new role in season three of “StartUp;” the network also announced a November debut.
● “SuperMansion” has added award-winning actress Minnie Driver in a recurring role for season three of the Emmy-nominated stop-motion animated series from Bryan Cranston, Seth Green, Zeb Wells and Matthew Senreich.
● First-look teaser from “Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy;” Rob Riggle also introduced clip announcing comedy’s August premiere and the network revealed new guest stars, NFL Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, Paul Scheer and Cheech Marin.
● First-look clip released from new comedy-horror film “Office Uprising,” starring Brenton Thwaites (DC Comics’ “Titans,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”); the film set for a July premiere.
● Acquisition of Nitro Circus’ “Action Figures” and news about new Sony Crackle original, “Action Figures 2,” premiering in June. This follow-up to the hit action sports movie is from 17 time X Games medalist Travis Pastrana. The network also acquired five series as part of the new deal with Nitro Circus.
● The network unveiled a development slate of scripted original series, including dramas “Heart of Darkness,” “Hustle,” “Cry Victory,” and “Limitless: Origins,” and the comedy “Squad Goals Squad.”
● The network greenlit new unscripted shorts from Embassy Row and is partnering with NRG to develop a new eSports series.
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SONY CRACKLE’S ORIGINAL DRAMA ‘SNATCH,’ RETURNS FOR SOPHOMORE SEASON IN SEPTEMBER 2018; FIRST-LOOK CLIP AND PHOTO RELEASED
New York, April 24, 2018 – Rupert Grint, star and executive producer of the hit scripted original “Snatch,” announced via a taped piece from the set in Spain’s Costa del Sol, that the series’ second season will debut in September. The streaming network also released a first-look clip and photo from the new season.
Grint, known around the world as Ron Weasley from the “Harry Potter” film franchise, returns in season two as the utterly posh, Charlie Cavendish-Scott. In addition, the series stars an ensemble cast featuring Luke Pasqualino as Albert Hill, Lucien Laviscount as Billy Ayres, Dougray Scott as Vic Hill, Phoebe Dynevor as Lotti Mott and Juliet Aubrey as Lily Hill. In addition to Grint, the series is executive produced by Alex De Rakoff, who also serves as writer and showrunner, Aaron Ginsburg and William Green. New this season, as previously announced, are directors Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”), Tom Dey (“Failure to Launch,” “Shanghai Noon”) and Luis Pietro (“The Oath,” “Kidnap”).
In season two, the team is on the lam and what begins as a well-deserved vacation quickly becomes a face off with a local kingpin; another thrill-a-minute fight to save their fortune, and ultimately their lives.
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SONY CRACKLE RELEASES MIRA SORVINO FIRST-LOOK FROM SEASON THREE OF ORIGINAL DRAMA ‘STARTUP,’ ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 2018 PREMIERE
New York, April 24, 2018 – Sony Crackle today released a first-look at Academy Award-winning actor Mira Sorvino in her new guest starring role in season three of “StartUp.” In the network’s original drama Sorvino portrays NSA Agent Rebecca Stroud who has come to investigate ArakNet. The series, which is seen in over 21 territories around the globe, recently completed filming in Puerto Rico and the network announced that the show will return November 2018.
In addition to Sorvino, new cast members include Zachary Knighton (“Santa Clarita Diet”), Tyler Labine (“Deadbeat,” “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”) and Jason Kravits (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”). Returning in season three are series’ stars Adam Brody (“CHiPS,” “The League”), Ron Perlman (“Hellboy,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Edi Gathegi (“The Blacklist,” “The Blacklist: Redemption”), Otmara Marrero (“Graceland”) and Addison Timlin (“Californication”).
In season three, friends will be fighting it out for power in 10 explosive episodes and will be threatened by what might be the most dangerous criminal organization of all: the U.S. Government.
“StartUp” is produced by Critical Content and Hollywood Gang Productions. Gianni Nunnari, Shannon Gaulding, Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Ray Ricord, and Anne Clements all serve as executive producers. The series is created and written by Ben Ketai (“Chosen,” “The Forest”) who also serves as executive producer and director. Adam Brody, Ron Perlman and Edi Gathegi serve as producers.
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AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS MINNIE DRIVER JOINS NEW SEASON OF SONY CRACKLE’S EMMY-NOMINATED ‘SUPERMANSION’ IN RECURRING ROLE; FIRST-LOOK CLIP AND PHOTO OF NEW CHARACTER RELEASED
Season Three of the Stop Motion-Animated Comedy Series Returns on Monday, May 7th
New York, April 24, 2018 – Sony Crackle announced today at the network’s upfront presentation at Sony Headquarters New York that Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress Minnie Driver will have a recurring role on the upcoming third season of “SuperMansion,” the Emmy-nominated, stop motion-animated comedy series from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which premieres on Monday, May 7th with weekly episodes. Driver, whose character will debut in the fall, will voice Debbie Devizo, Dr. Devizo’s ex-wife and former League of Freedom team member. The ad-supported streaming network shared the first-look photo of Driver’s character and a clip from the new season.
“I am thrilled to put on my superhero cape,” said Driver. “I am a huge fan of the show and am excited to work with Matt, Zeb and the rest of the team at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.”
The series follows the adventures of Titanium Rex (voiced by Bryan Cranston, also the series’ executive producer) as he struggles to live with and fight alongside the Millennial-aged, often lackadaisical members of The League of Freedom. In the upcoming season, the lunatics get the keys to the asylum when Dr. Devizo (Chris Pine) is declared a hero after “saving the world” at the end of last season. He and the Injustice Club are all made honorary members of the League of Freedom. The heroes and villains must learn to live and work together if they’re going to combat the never-ending amount of evil in the world.
Season three voiceover stars include Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”), Chris Pine (“Star Trek”), Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street”), Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”), Heidi Gardner (“Saturday Night Live”), Tucker Gilmore (“Frozen”), Zeb Wells (“Robot Chicken”) and Breckin Meyer (“Robot Chicken”). Newcomer Mikey Day (“Saturday Night Live”) will guest star as Max Penalizer, an anti-hero meting out justice with his Ball Peen Gavel of justice on May 14th.
“SuperMansion” is created by Zeb Wells and Matthew Senreich, who also act as executive producers under their production company Stoopid Buddy Stoodios alongside Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner and Tom Root. Bryan Cranston and James Degus also serve as executive producers under their production banner Moonshot Entertainment. The series is distributed by Sony Pictures Television Inc.
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BRIAN URLACHER, PAUL SCHEER AND CHEECH MARIN SIGN UP FOR ‘ROB RIGGLE’S SKI MASTER ACADEMY,’ SONY CRACKLE RELEASES FIRST-LOOK CLIP AND PHOTO FROM NEW ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES SET TO LAUNCH IN AUGUST
New York, April 24, 2018 – Sony Crackle announced today that former NFL linebacker and Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, actor-comedian Paul Scheer (“Veep,” “The Disaster Artist”) and comic legend Cheech Marin (“Coco,” “Cheech & Chong”) will appear as guest stars in the new original comedy series “Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy,” which recently wrapped production in Malibu, California. The network announced that the series will debut in August.
The network also released a first-look clip and photo featuring Riggle today at their upfront presentation at Sony Headquarters New York.
Urlacher, Scheer and Marin join the previously announced ensemble cast led by Riggle (who also serves as writer and executive producer) including Britt Baron (“GLOW”), Eliza Coupe (“Future Man,” “Scrubs”), Billy Merritt (“Happy Endings”), Dave (Gruber) Allen (“Love”), Alison Rich (“The Goldbergs”), Carl Tart (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”), Samm Levine (“Freaks and Geeks”) and Rizwan Manji (“Mr. Robot”).
The eight-episode, 22-minute series follows a constantly misbehaving and only slightly fictionalized Rob Riggle, mostly known for his legendary ski master movies, as he invests all his money and his reputation into an Academy celebrating America’s truest art form…personal watercraft riding. Riggle, his legendary stuntman commandant Dirk Hamsteak (Merritt) and their entire staff of instructors spend a semester defending their beloved Academy at all costs. No matter how many people criticize it…go missing…or die!
In addition to Riggle, Jonathan Stern, Keith Quinn, Bennett Webber and Chris Pizzi will serve as executive producers. “Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy” is produced by Sonar Entertainment and Abominable Pictures.
SONY CRACKLE RELEASES FIRST-LOOK CLIP FOR NEW ORIGINAL FEATURE, ‘OFFICE UPRISING,’ PREMIERING IN JULY A HORROR ACTION SPOOF STARRING BRENTON THWAITES, TONY-NOMINATED ACTOR ZACHARY LEVI, JANE LEVY, AND IAN HARDING
New York, April 24, 2018 – At an Upfront presentation held today, Sony Crackle released a first-look clip for the network’s new comedy-horror film, “Office Uprising,” premiering in July. The feature stars Brenton Thwaites (“Titans,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”), Tony-nominated actor Zachary Levi (“Shazam,” “Chuck”), Jane Levy (“Don’t Breathe”), Karan Soni (“Deadpool”) and Alan Ritchson (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Blue Mountain State”).
“Office Uprising” follows the story of an underachiever working at a major weapons manufacturing firm who finds that his co-workers have been “weaponized” by a new energy drink designed for the military. He must then set off to rescue his one true love from an office building full of psychotic coworkers armed with tomorrow’s deadliest tech.
The movie is helmed by Lin Oeding and written by Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble. Giulia Prenna, Sean Lydiard, Jim Steele, and Will Clevinger serve as the film’s producers and Christopher J. Conover, Brenton Thwaites, David Boies, Stephanie Pinola, Brian O’Shea, Nat McCormick and Sean E. DeMott as executive producers.
SONY CRACKLE ACQUIRES NITRO CIRCUS’ ‘ACTION FIGURES’ LIBRARY WITH ALL-NEW MOVIE, ‘ACTION FIGURES 2’
Director and Producer Travis Pastrana’s Hit Action Sports Franchise to Debut In June
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New York, April 24, 2018 – Sony Crackle announced today at the network’s upfront presentation, that the free, ad supported network has acquired renowned sports entertainment company Nitro Circus’ “Action Figures” franchise, including the all-new movie, “Action Figures 2.” In addition to the movies, the network is adding five of Nitro Circus’ TV series, including “Crazy Train,” “Nitro Circus Live,” “AmBADASSador,” “Oh Sh*t Moments” and “World’s First.”
Sony Crackle acquired the content in a licensing agreement with Nitro Circus. The content is expected to debut in June. Below is the full list of movies and television series:
“Action Figures 2”
“Action Figures 2,” the sequel to 17-times X Games medalist Travis Pastrana’s hit action sports movie, “Action Figures,” pays homage to old-school action sports videos and highlights extreme human performance. The movie embodies Travis’ drive to push the limits on what is possible while allowing his friends to turn stunts they once only dreamed of into reality. All of the action sports stars in the film have contributed to the filming and editing of their sections of the movie. This film is one crazy ride with Travis at the wheel as his friends achieve the unthinkable while tacking up multiple worlds’ firsts along the way. These real-life action figures go bigger, farther and faster than ever before to conquer the impossible and ignite action sports entertainment.
Action Figures is the directorial debut of Travis Pastrana, Nitro Circus founder and 17-time X Game medalist, a film he wrote, directed, and produced alongside his best friends from the world of action sports and in association with Nitro Circus. Watch as Travis Pastrana and friends defy gravity and find out what they are capable of.
Follow Coby Toland, Nitro Circus’ AmBADASSador, as he tours the world giving you an inside look at all things BADASS about Nitro Circus.
Crazy Train is a docu-series that follows Travis Pastrana and his crew as they travel the world blowing away fans with their outrageous stunts and action-packed live tour. The series also provides an intimate look at what goes on behind-the-scenes as Pastrana strives to grow the Nitro Circus brand into a global phenomenon. The crew finds new ways to entertain themselves in all corners of the globe while Travis tries to keep the wheels of this Crazy Train on the track.
“Nitro Circus Live”
An adrenaline-charged reality series featuring the world’s top action sports athletes as they prepare to perform some of the most dangerous and fantastic stunts ever attempted. Led by 17-times X-Games medalist Travis Pastrana, Nitro Circus Live features a hilarious behind-the-scenes look at fifty of the world’s craziest athletes as they entertain themselves between shows in all corners of the earth.
“Oh Sh*t Moments”
Hosted by Erik Roner, the series takes a look at some of the most memorable “Oh Sh*t Moments” in Nitro Circus history.
Nitro Circus isn’t all about landing World’s First, but breaking records is just an awesome byproduct of having fun and inspiring fans. There’s an old saying that goes something like this: If you can’t be the absolute best, make sure the person who beats you has to break the record.
About Nitro Circus
Nitro Circus, the world’s biggest action sports entertainment brand, creates electrifying live events and unbelievable original content that at once exhilarates, captivates and inspires thrill-seeking fans worldwide. Co-founded by global superstar Travis Pastrana in 2003, Nitro Circus has since grown into a multiplatform phenomenon producing hit television shows, critically acclaimed documentaries and innovative digital offerings. That success gave rise to the Nitro Circus Live tour. Created in 2010, Nitro Circus Live has travelled the globe, playing to sold-out stadiums on five continents. The company introduced an innovative breakthrough in 2016 with the debut of Nitro World Games, completely rebooting action sports competition in the process. With over three million tickets sold to date, television programming that has aired in over 60 countries, more than 20 million engaged fans across its social media platforms and a burgeoning consumer products business, Nitro Circus is at the forefront of action sports and entertainment. For more information visit www.nitrocircus.com.
SONY CRACKLE PARTNERS WITH EMBASSY ROW FOR TWO UNSCRIPTED SERIES
Network Greenlights Series of Shorts In Anticipation of World Cup 2018
Network In Development with Davies’ Embassy Row and NRG on Untitled Esports Series
New York, April 24, 2018 – Sony Crackle announced today at the network’s upfront presentation at Sony Headquarters New York, that it is partnering with production company Embassy Row (“Watch What Happens Live,” “Talking Dead”) on two new unscripted projects.
The free, ad supported streaming network has greenlit a series of shorts in anticipation of World Cup 2018. Additionally, Sony Crackle is developing an untitled eSports series with NRG.
The new, untitled series of shorts will set the table for a month-long feast of football in anticipation of the highly anticipated World Cup 2018. The shorts will launch with 15 episodes, with a new episode releasing each day for the first two weeks of June.
In addition, the network is working with NRG to create content for the Sony Crackle console-first audience. The untitled esports competition series, anticipated to be produced by Embassy Row, will use the team’s professional eSports athletes and celebrity advisors to support the contenders.
NRG owns and manages independent game streamers and 10 professional eSports teams for game titles such as Overwatch and CS: GO. NRG was founded by the co-owners of the Sacramento Kings and investors include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, electronic music DJ Tiesto and other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
About Embassy Row
Embassy Row is a Sony-owned, bi-coastal, non-fiction production company that specializes in edgy, talent-driven, talk, sports, comedy, competition and docuseries content that encourages a highly engaged and extremely passionate audience. Embassy Row is run by prolific producer Michael Davies and is most known for producing shows such as “Watch What Happens Live!” with Andy Cohen, “Talking Dead,” “Good Morning Football,” “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “Beyond Stranger Things” and “Comedy Knock Out,” among others.
NRG Esports is a San Francisco-based esports organization competing at the highest level of professional video gaming. NRG owns 9 pro gaming teams including the San Francisco Shock of the Overwatch League. NRG was founded in 2015 by Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov, co-owners of the Sacramento Kings. NRG investors include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, alongside Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
SONY CRACKLE ANNOUNCES SCRIPTED ORIGINAL SERIES DEVELOPMENT SLATE
New York, April 24, 2018 – Sony Crackle announced their development slate of scripted original series at the network’s upfront presentation today at Sony Headquarters New York. Series include projects from Cameron Litvack (“Quantico”), Kevin Connolly (“Entourage,” “Gotti”), and best-selling novelist Neal Shusterman and Jon Hurwitz (“Cobra Kai,” “Harold and Kumar” franchise).
Below are the projects in development:
“Heart of Darkness”
“Heart of Darkness” is a reimagining of Joseph Conrad’s classic novel. Set in the future where Earth is a distant memory, “Heart of Darkness” explores what it means to be human on a space odyssey where the survival of the human race hangs in the balance. The book’s themes of race, immigration, and colonization have never been more relevant than they are today. “Heart of Darkness” is executive produced by Cameron Litvack (also showrunner/writer), Branden Morgan and Tony Giglio.
Created by Kenny Neibart (“Entourage”), starring Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”) and directed by Nick Cassavetes (“John Q,” “The Notebook), “Hustle,” based on true accounts from one of the nation’s top college basketball recruiters, is about an assistant coach willing to do whatever it takes to bring the best prospects in the world to his squad, be it unethical, immoral or illegal. “Hustle” is produced by Kenny Neibart, Kevin Connolly, Nick Cassavetes, Chuck Pacheco, William Rotko, Douglas Banker, John Cheng and Yanni Hufnagel.
Created by best-selling novelist Neal Shusterman and his son Jarrod Shusterman, who recently sold their thriller novel “Dry” to Paramount Pictures, “Cry Victory” takes us ahead after years of fighting a war with an invading alien army, humanity has prevailed and sent them packing. Now, a soldier returns home from the front lines, and realizes the true war will be dealing with the anarchy left by the invasion, as gangs use alien weaponry to police the streets and people get high on extra-terrestrial drugs. “Cry Victory” is executive produced by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Elias Gertler, Alison Rosenzweig, Michael Gaeta and Sean Jablonski.
Based on the feature film of the same name starring Bradley Cooper, this new series explores the origin story of how the drug NZT first hit the streets. From the pill’s creator, to patient zero and beyond, “Limitless: Origins” examines the cost of chasing super human abilities. “Limitless: Origins” is produced by Critical Content with Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus and Ray Ricord serving as executive producers.
“Squad Goals Squad”
From the creators of Harold and Kumar, “Squad Goals Squad” is written by Cooper Sukaly, who is also a producer along with Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Matt Lottman. When an epidemic of youth crime hits Los Angeles, the police have no choice but to form a diverse, dysfunctional unit of millennial crimefighters called… the SQUAD GOALS SQUAD. “Squad Goals Squad” is executive produced by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Matt Lottman and Cooper Sukaly.
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SONY CRACKLE TAKES ‘THE OATH’ ON SOPHOMORE SEASON OF ORIGINAL DRAMA EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY CURTIS ’50 CENT’ JACKSON AND CREATED BY JOE HALPIN
New York, April 24, 2018 – Following a successful freshman debut last month, Sony Crackle executives announced today, at the network’s upfront presentation at Sony Headquarters in New York, a second season order of “The Oath.” The gritty, action-packed drama, executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and created by Joe Halpin, is the network’s most-watched new original series and currently has the highest retention rate, episode to episode, of any Sony Crackle original. Exploring a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend, “The Oath” sheds light on corrupt and secret societies that are nearly impossible to join—only a select few make the cut—but once inside, members will do what they must to protect each other from enemies on the outside and from within their own ranks.
“Our audience has truly responded to this authentic, raw, and compelling series,” said Eric Berger, Chief Digital Officer, Sony Pictures Television Networks and General Manager, Sony Crackle. “Thanks to Joe, 50 Cent and our stellar ensemble and production team for bringing this powerful story to life. We look forward to taking the next step together.”
Commented Halpin, “’The Oath’ has been one of the highlights of my professional career as a writer, so having the opportunity to take our storytelling to that next level is incredibly exciting. Sony Crackle, 50 Cent and the entire cast have been amazing collaborators. We have so much more story to tell and I can’t wait to get started.”
Season one of “The Oath” starred “Game of Thrones” alum, Sean Bean, Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) also producer, Cory Hardrict (“American Sniper,” “Gran Torino”), Katrina Law (“Training Day”), Arlen Escarpeta (“The Magicians”) and J.J. Soria (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Fosters”). Rounding out the ensemble cast are: Elisabeth Röhm (“Law & Order”), Michael Malarkey (“The Vampire Diaries”), Eve Mauro (“CSI Miami”), Kwame Patterson (“The Wire,” “American Crime Story”) and Linda Purl (“Homeland,” “True Blood”).
Created by Joe Halpin (“Hawaii Five-O,” “Secrets and Lies”), a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy in South Central for 17 years, 12 of which as an undercover officer, the series takes an unforgiving look at the complicated dynamics in these organizations and documents the lives of those willing to risk it all, to have it all.
“The Oath” is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc., Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman, Anne Clements, and Joe Halpin who is also creator, writer and showrunner.