By Evan DeSimone
Film and television streaming app Popcornflix has added 15 new films to its catalog through a licensing deal with Breaking Glass Pictures.
The deal will bring Popcornflix a handful of acclaimed indie films, including transgender drama “Laurence Always,” directed by Xavier Dolan, and gritty indies such as Jason Buxton’s “Blackbird” and TIFF darling “Coldwater.” The deal also includes some nonfiction work, including the critically acclaimed documentary film “Pablo,” about legendary graphic designer Pablo Ferro, which includes interviews with Jeff Bridges, Angelica Huston and Norman Lear.
Popcornflix EVP David Fannon touted the deal with Breaking Glass, noting, “These films are not only top quality entertainment, they also hit on the important issues of our time. The success of our critically beloved and award-winning films proves that there is a large, passionate audience for independent, acclaimed titles, and we are thrilled to introduce Breaking Glass’ collection to our platform.”
There’s been a mini-explosion of content deals among movie-focused streaming apps in recent months as competition increases for eyeballs. Curated cinema streaming Mubirecently amped up its library by striking multi-year deals with both Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The competition for curation is also heating up with tastemaker brands like Tribeca Entertainment jumping into streaming. While the bulk of platforms and deals means more options for consumers, particularly those interested in niche cinema, it also means more competition for all-important streaming dollars among niche platforms.