SAUSALITO, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Entertainment
online video network Crackle today announced the release of nine original
series that encompass a variety of genres from comedy to music to gaming
and lifestyle. The announcement marks Crackle's continued commitment to
providing the most innovative original programming for today's discerning
There's something for everyone in Crackle's new slate of short-form
For the gaming and pop culture community, Hollywood glitz meets gamer
geekdom in The Jace Hall Show, hosted by film, television and
videogame producer Jason "Jace" Hall.
In the comedy genre, new shows include the original comedy series
Purple Onion Season Two, featuring stand-up from today's funniest
acts, and six original short form scripted series as part of C-Spot.
C-Spot -- On June 16th, the second 13-week season of Sony
Pictures Television's comedy channel will debut with the return
of The Roadents and five new original series including The
Rascal, That Guy, Owen Benjamin Presents, Comedy Gumbo and Mr.
Justice & Powerful Girl.
For music lovers, there's the Take-Away Shows, the highly-anticipated
series from Parisian music video director Vincent Moon just off the
heels of his recent R.E.M. and Arcade Fire videos.
"Crackle kicks into high gear this summer as we release a slew of hot
new shows we've been developing this year, giving our audience creative
original programming including appearances from familiar celebrities like
Greg Proops, Christina Milian, Wilmer Valderama and Greg Grunberg," said
Jonathan Shambroom, general manager of Crackle. "This diverse, high quality
programming offers something for everyone -- from comedy fans to game
enthusiasts to music lovers -- which makes Crackle stand out when it comes
to original programming."
Highlights from the summer's line-up include:
The Jace Hall Show
This 13-part short-form lifestyle series created and hosted by film,
television and videogame producer Jason "Jace" Hall, is now available on
Crackle. The show offers a sneak peek into the ever melding entertainment
and gaming world with a mix of stunts and interviews with film, TV, music
and videogame icons, and will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage
from the hottest game developers. From pop culture fanatics to avid game
enthusiasts, The Jace Hall Show offers something for everyone. Among the
anticipated segments are a special glimpse at Duke Nukem Forever, a gaming
face off with Zachary Levi, the star of NBC's hit series Chuck, and an
indoor skydiving and shooting challenge with Gears of War creator Cliff
"Cliffy B" Bleszinski. The show is produced by HDFILMS.
Check it out: http://crackle.com/jacehall
World-renowned auteur music video director Vincent Moon brings his
original music series exclusively to Crackle. The Take-Away Shows takes an
intimate look at some of the world's most exciting bands like Bodies of
Water, Walkmen, Rosebuds, Rock Plaza Central and more. Broken out into four
seasons, the series includes more than 40 new and exclusive videos
performed by today's most cutting edge bands. Each video is shot in an
unexpected location such as an elevator, rainy city street or inside a New
York City cab. Moon has gained fame shooting videos for R.E.M., Arcade
Fire, Grizzly Bear and Beirut among others.
Check it out: http://crackle.com/c/takeawayshows
Purple Onion Season Two
The Purple Onion is the high church of San Francisco comedy, a place
where comics young and old preach the good (and bad) word of standup.
Crackle is the exclusive online home to this venerable venue, which has
hosted such luminaries as Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, and Robin Williams.
Purple Onion Season Two mixes standup giants like Greg Proops and Patton
Oswalt with the funniest, most envelope-pushing young comics in the
country. In other words, it's standup history in the making.
Check it out: http://crackle.com/c/purpleonion
C-Spot Season Two
In its second 13-week season, C-Spot will feature the following six
series with new episodes premiering every week on their respective day on
-- The Rascal (Mondays) is an action packed over-the-top comedy starring
Jay Rondot as a small time criminal who attempts to graduate to the
big leagues by selling nuclear fusion secrets to the highest bidder.
Using any means necessary, his twin brother (also played by Rondot)
leads the federal government's manhunt to thwart his efforts. Rondot
and Ross Novie created and executive produce The Rascal. The web
series is produced by Rondovie Industries.
-- That Guy (Tuesdays) is a new comedy web series that utilizes
uncomfortable humor (a la "The Office") about ... well, that guy. Do
you know the guy who talks way too loudly on his cell phone? Or the
one who takes way too long to order? The guy who wears a cowboy hat
to every party? Or even better, the guy who can insult everyone he
makes small talk with at a dinner party? Then you know That Guy.
Matt Vascellaro and Kent Haines created and executive produce the web
series. That Guy is produced by Vascellaro/Haines Inc.
-- Owen Benjamin Presents (Wednesdays) encompass a combination of How-To
segments, music videos, and other online vignettes from
actor/comedian/Internet video genius Owen Benjamin. While How-To
guides may come a dime-a-dozen, they rarely address topics that one
can apply to awkward real-life situations. Benjamin offers his own
unique take and expertise in successfully dealing with uncomfortable
situations that range from "How to get your one-night-stand to leave"
to "How to tell your friend he has bad breath" and "How to fake a
talent," among others. Additionally, Benjamin makes his parents proud
by putting his musical talents (and real-life training as a classical
pianist) to good use in hilarious music videos that showcase his
original songs. The web series was created and is executive produced
by Owen Benjamin, and is produced by Owen Benjamin, Inc.
-- The Roadents (Thursdays) is the returning web series best described as
"The Odd Couple" meets "Easy Rider" for the YouTube generation. This
2D and 3D animated-hybrid, improvisational comedy series centers on
two guinea pigs, Pee Pee and Buttercup, that hit the road in a 1983
Winnebago. Justin Hilden created the web series that NewTeeVee.com
praised, writing, "The animation is top-notch and the voice acting is
excellent." The Roadents is executive produced by Kelli Bixler and
produced by Kristofer Updike. The web series is produced by Bix Pix
-- Comedy Gumbo (Fridays) is a new sketch show made especially for those
who don't have time to watch a sketch show. Commercial parodies,
bizarre characters, short films, sketches, and one-off jokes comprise
each 2-4 minute hysterical episode that you just have to see to
understand. Comedy Gumbo was created and is executive produced by
Payman Benz and Sean Becker. Ten episodes of the web series are being
produced by Awkward Pictures.
-- Mr. Justice & Powerful Girl (weekends) is a new reality-comedy web
series that documents the benevolent efforts of two superheroes who
give unsolicited help to strangers in need. While some might describe
their missions as ridiculous, these two make every effort to better
society one small task at a time. Mr. Justice & Powerful Girl was
created by Ross McCall and Aaron Peters. The web series is produced
by their production company, Whiteboard Entertainment.
About Crackle, Inc.
Crackle, Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, is a
multi-platform video entertainment network and studio that distributes work
from the hottest established and emerging talent on the web and beyond.
Crackle's addictive channels and shows reach a global audience across the
Internet, in the living room, and on devices including a broad range of
Sony electronics. Crackle, in on-going collaboration with Sony Pictures
Entertainment and other leading partners, discovers and promotes the stars
of tomorrow. Visit Crackle's site at http://www.crackle.com
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