Crackle Announces the Launch of AVOD Exclusive Sci-Fi Film, ‘PORTALS’

The film is a genre-bending trilogy of stories skirting both the
science fiction and horror worlds

Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today that sci-fi horror film, Portals, will be exclusively available on AVOD on Crackle beginning Wednesday, July 1.

As one of the only AVODs continually adding original and exclusive programming that uplifts, entertains, and inspires audiences, Crackle adds Portals alongside original and exclusive titles that can only be found on Crackle, including Road to Race Day, Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, The Clearing, Crown Vic, On Point, ’85: The Greatest Team in Football History, Wonders of the Sea, Yelawolf: A Slumerican Life, and Going From Broke, recently picked up for a second season.

Portals is a horror anthology movie featuring chilling stories told by four different horror film directors, Gregg Hale (Split Screen), Liam O’Donnell (Beyond Skyline), Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project), and Timo Tjahjanto (V/H/S/2). The film is produced by J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules with Brad Miska and Chris White. Miska is a co-founder of the horror culture site Bloody Disgusting, and previously produced the V/H/S film trilogy as well as Under the Bed, A Horrible Way to Die and Southbound.

Starring Neil Hopkins (Lost), Deanna Russo (Burning Love), Phet Mahathongdy (Skyline) Ptolemy Slocum (Westworld), Gretchen Lodge (Lovely Molly), and Salvita Decorte (The Night Comes For Us), the film reveals horrifying events surrounding a worldwide blackout. As dark mysterious portals begin to appear across the globe, their siren song beckons all to enter that opens a Pandora’s box of terror for those brave or foolish enough to step inside.

“Science fiction has always appealed to the Crackle audience,” said Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus. “Portals combines the thrills of a science fiction world with the chills of a horror storyline, the exact kind of entertainment our fans are looking for.”

Portals is distributed worldwide by Screen Media Ventures, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, and the supplier of exclusive and original content for Crackle Plus.

Crackle is available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 25 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix and garners 50 million streams of its movies and TV shows per month, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has over 78,000 hours of content available across all its networks, and premieres at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns a majority stake in the company formed with Sony Pictures Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and 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.

Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films for the US and Canada. 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. For more information, visit

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