By Evan DeSimone
Defy Media is jumping on the SVOD bandwagon with a new subscription service built around its popular “Screen Junkies” channel, dubbed Screen Junkies Plus.
Priced at $4.99 per month, Screen Junkies Plus will offer extended cuts of some of the channel’s popular content along with a new slate of shows aimed at superfan subscribers. Popular Screen Junkies personalities such as Jeremy Jahns, Chris Stuckmann, Andrew Meadows and the creators of “How It Should Have Ended” will contribute new shows on the subscription service, which will also feature expansion content for popular shows including “Honest Trailers” and “Movie Fights.” Fans can also expect ScreenJunkies first scripted original, “Interns of F.I.E.L.D.”
Keith Richman, president of Defy Media, linked the launch to Screen Junkies’ highly engaged cinephile fanbase in a statement, saying, “The existing breadth and passion of the ScreenJunkies audience showed us there is a massive opportunity related to providing great content for movie and TV fans. We launched ScreenJunkies Plus in order to fuel our ability to satisfy this audience and to further invest in programming that meets their broad spectrum of interests. We believe that the combination of our existing scale, additional programming and multi-platform distribution positions us to become the go to network for this genre.”
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The move comes on the heels of a massive shift in the YouTube economy triggered by the launch of YouTube’s SVOD service, YouTube Red. With even traditionally ad-supported platforms like YouTube looking to capture subscription revenue, and an ever-expanding array of SVOD options ranging from aggregators like Watchable, Go90 and Vessel to niche providers like SeeSo. Defy will be competing with media players large and small for a piece of a rapidly disappearing subscription pie.
All current ScreenJunkies programming will remain available on YouTube, supported by ad revenue, for the forseeable future. However, that content will also be available to ScreenJunkies Plus subscribers along with the promised slate of new original programming. The service will be available to beta subscriber starting Nov. 17.
The full ScreenJunkies Plus programming slate can be found below:
“TV Fights!”: Real fights over the best (and worst) TV shows of the past, present and future. By overwhelming popular demand, the film-lovers who brought you “Movie Fights!” set their sights on a new target: TV.
“Mundy Night Raw!”: Two renowned, fan-favorite film critics duke it out and debate the week’s biggest new releases and undiscovered cinema classics. Starring Dan Murrell and Nick Mundy.
“Movie Games with Jeremy Jahns”: YouTube star and outspoken film critic Jeremy Jahns is joining Screen Junkies Plus for an all-new, bi-monthly series featuring all things movie trivia.
“First & Worst”: Popular movie critic Chris Stuckmann and a guest debate the best and worst film of a given filmmaker or actor.
“After Credits”: Teaming up with HISHE (How It Should Have Ended), the series fast-forwards beyond the movie itself to show after credits scenes for films that never had them.
“Does It Hold Up?”: Host Spencer Gilbert (“Honest Trailers” writer), guest experts and Screen Junkies Plus fans determine if ’90s retro films still hold up today.
“The ScreenJunkies Universe”: The live show that gives Plus members an official gateway to all things upcoming, featuring sneak peeks of new shows, Q&As with cast members and segments including viewer email.
“Honest Trailer Commentaries”: Exclusive commentary tracks, outtakes, behind-the-scenes secrets and alternate jokes from Honest Trailers.
“Honest Trailer Exclusive!”: “Honest Trailers” Exclusive lets ScreenJunkies Plus members vote on which film is next to get the “Honest” treatment in a special Honest Trailer that’s exclusively for members.
“After The Fight!”: The new “MovieFights!” post-show gives audiences VIP access to the special guests to discuss who won, who should have won, and ask their most burning questions.