By Sahil Patel
Film studio Lionsgate has inked a multi-year content partnership with RocketJump Studios, the digital production company founded by YouTuber Freddie Wong, to produce film, television, and digital content.
RocketJump was founded by the trio of Wong, Matt Arnold, and Dez Dolly four years ago, partially to produce longer-form content that could live on multiple platforms. Famously, the company’s website, RocketJump.com, distributed a higher quality version of the second season of Wong and Arnold’s hit series “Video Game High School.”
Per the deal with Lionsgate, RocketJump will now have access to Lionsgate’s content and global marketing capabilities. Specifically, and as Wong has said he’s wanted to do more of in the past few years, this deal will allow RocketJump to create more long-form content. Though the company will also look to expand its roster of weekly shorts, podcasts, and tutorials.
For Lionsgate, this deal provides access to RocketJump’s upcoming slate of digital content, in-house talent, and a fan base that’s close to 7 million subscribers on YouTube.
“This partnership unites two entrepreneurial companies with similar cultures and a shared commitment to build new models for creating and delivering content to the next generation of audiences,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer in a statement. “Freddie Wong is one of digital media’s most prolific and visionary creators, and RocketJump is a bold and innovative platform that expands the breadth and diversity of content we bring to our audiences and extends our storytelling abilities in exciting new directions.”
The partnership with RocketJump expands Lionsgate’s digital portfolio, which includes a stake in Defy Media, the BeFit branded fitness channel on YouTube, as well as producing original TV series for Netflix (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Hulu (“Deadbeat”).
The third season of Wong and Arnold’s “VGHS” is currently in production in LA.