CRACKLE UNVEILS SLATE OF 2013 ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AT DIGITAL CONTENT NEWFRONTS IN NEW YORK
Second Seasons of Three Popular Original Series and Two Digital Movies Among Exciting Line-Up
New Season of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” to Feature Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, David Letterman, Don Rickles and More
Crackle, the multi-platform entertainment network and 2013 Webby People’s Voice winner for Best Entertainment Channel, announced an exciting line-up of new original programming this morning at the Digital Content NewFronts in New York City. The 2013 slate, which includes eight green-lit original programs, will feature second seasons of three popular series, including “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld, and Crackle’s first foray into feature-length digital movies with the martial arts actioner, EXTRACTION and the sequel to JOE DIRT. David Arquette (SCREAM, NEVER BEEN KISSED) and Missi Pyle (THE ARTIST, BIG FISH) were on-hand to promote their new Crackle original series “Cleaners,” alongside Jon Foo (TEKKEN) for his role in EXTRACTION. Brian Terkelsen, CEO, MediaVest, USA, was also on-hand to share his thoughts on original content.
Remarkable for a digital network, Crackle is proud to renew three popular series for second seasons including Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with special guests including Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock, the critically-acclaimed “Chosen,” and the award-winning 2010 series “The Bannen Way.” Crackle also announced its two first digital movies, EXTRACTION, starring Emmy®-nominated screen legend Danny Glover (LETHAL WEAPON, THE COLOR PURPLE) and the long-awaited sequel to the cult favorite David Spade comedy JOE DIRT. Rounding out the solid line-up includes a new music series with a philanthropic twist with the working title “Play It Forward” whose producers include Robert Downey Jr. (IRON MAN 3), and “Cleaners,” a series following two gorgeous crime fighters starring Arquette and Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage,” YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN).
“We are excited to announce this slate of intensely creative, fun and action-packed programs that represent our biggest, most-expansive line-up of originals to-date,” said Eric Berger, executive vice president, digital networks at Sony Pictures Television and GM of Crackle. “Crackle is proud to be home to a growing community of creative talent who are passionate about telling great stories. We’re a true multi-platform entertainment network with diverse, award-winning programs and A-list talent both in-front-of and behind-the-camera. Our 2013 slate of green-lit shows, including two digital movies, underscores our continuing commitment to quality original programming that is ad-supported and free to our viewers."
As announced at Crackle’s Digital Content NewFronts presentation on May 3, full descriptions of new original programming are as follows:
“COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE” – SEASON 2
Comedy Series, 24 Episodes
Back for a second season, the uproarious comedy series created, written and produced by Jerry Seinfeld, will include guests David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Don Rickles, and more.
Contained Action/Thriller Feature; 90 Minutes
The first major feature made for digital, EXTRACTION follows a US Black Ops team member who finds himself the only survivor of a botched prisoner extraction mission and must not only find a way to fight his way out of a maximum security prison in Russia - but must do so with the prisoner alive - in order to catch a terrorist arms-dealer who is a threat to thousands of lives. Starring Danny Glover (LETHAL WEAPON, THE COLOR PURPLE), Vinnie Jones (SNATCH), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS franchise, RUDY), Joanne Kelly (GOING THE DISTANCE), Falk Hentschel (KNIGHT AND DAY), and Jon Foo (TEKKEN), the feature is written and directed by Tony Giglio (CHAOS, IN ENEMY HANDS), and produced by RANGER 7 FILMS, founded by executive producers Mike Callaghan, Reuben Liber and Justin Bursch.
Crime/Action Series; 6 Half-Hour Episodes
Two gorgeous young women out on an errand for their boss turn out to be a team of highly trained and lethal contract killers. The job goes bad when they find a sedated 8-yr-old boy in the trunk of their car and quickly find themselves the target of their boss' client, the FBI - and even their own boss whose team of assassins is now out to eliminate them to get the valuable boy back. Starring Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage,” YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN), Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”), Gina Gershon (FACE/OFF), David Arquette (SCREAM, NEVER BEEN KISSED), Missi Pyle (THE ARTIST, BIG FISH), Nathan Keyes (THE KINGS OF SUMMER) and Clifton Collins Jr. (STAR TREK), among others, the series is written and directed by Paul Leyden (THE FACTORY) and produced by Full Clip Productions and Sam Worthington. Currently in production, the feature is set to premiere November 2013with all six half-hour episodes released simultaneously.
“PLAY IT FORWARD” (working title)
Music Documentary, 6-8 Half-Hour Episodes
A series of spontaneous street performances by superstar artists around the U.S. to raise support for music education in public schools. Filmmakers capture the unannounced, guerrilla style performances—and the amassing crowds—from strategically positioned cameras, hidden from view. The crowd—and the audience at home—get an intimate and unprecedented experience of a world renowned artist stepping off the stage onto the streets. Produced by Tony Berg, Kevin Lake, Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.
Crime/Action Series, 6 Half-Hour Episodes
A former member of a small time Venice surf gang infiltrates the gang as an LAPD informant when they get caught up with a ruthless international gang that could take all of their lives. Directed and produced by Milo Ventimiglia (“Chosen”), the series is set to premiere in Winter 2013 with all episodes released simultaneously.
“THE BANNEN WAY” – SEASON 2
Action/Comedy/Thriller Series, 6 Half-Hour Episodes
The second season to the 2010 Streamy-winning slick, sexy, action-packed series continues the adventures of Neal Bannen, a charming con-man with a police chief for a father, a mob boss for an uncle, and a weakness for beautiful women, who wants to turn his life around and leave the criminal lifestyle forever. Can he resist an opportunity to get back in to his Uncle's “business”?
“CHOSEN” – SEASON 2
Action/Thriller Series, 6 Half-Hour Episodes
The second season of the critically-acclaimed suspense series is currently in development and set to begin production in Summer 2013.
JOE DIRT: THE SEQUEL
The long-awaited sequel to the cult favorite David Spade comedy JOE DIRT will break new ground as the first made for digital movie that is a sequel to a hit motion picture. Spade will also star in the sequel, which will pick-up where the film left off, following the comedic misadventures of the mullet-clad, lovable redneck, "Joe Dirt." The project will be written and executive produced by Spade and Fred Wolf and directed by Wolf.
Along with its award-winning original programming and premium movie and television content, Crackle has made waves in the digital advertising community with its strong audience engagement figures; cRoll, a new advertising unit; and its partnership with comScore to provide the first measurement system across all platforms.
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