January 21, 2022
FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has acquired the ad-supported digital multi-territory linear rights (FAST) to the critically acclaimed Canadian comedy series “Kim’s Convenience” from the company. Canadian company Thunderbird Entertainment.
The deal gives FilmRise exclusive FAST (free to air supported by advertising) rights to all five seasons of the series, which it will program on its existing FAST channels and enable the creation of dedicated marathon FAST channels of the series across the United States. , Latin America, German-speaking Europe, French-speaking Europe, Italy and Spain. FilmRise plans to bring the series to FAST linear streaming channels on IMDb TV, Pluto, The Roku Channel, Samsung TV+, and the FilmRise Streaming Network, among others.
Originally airing on CBC from 2016, the series made its international debut on Netflix in 2018.
Based on the award-winning play of the same name by Ins Choi, “Kim’s Convenience” depicts the Korean-Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in Toronto. Over its five seasons, the series has won several Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Comedy Series, Foreign Drama of the Year at the Seoul International Drama Awards (2019), Members’ Choice Series Ensemble Award for Best Cast at Toronto 2017. ACTRA Awards (Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists).
The comedy stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (“The Mandalorian”), Andrew Phung (“Run the Burbs”) Andrea Bang (“A Million Little Things”), Jean Yoon (“The Voyeurs”), Simu Liu (Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), and Nicole Power, who stars in “Strays,” which is the spin-off series from “Kim’s Convenience” that premiered in September 2021 on CBC.
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“As the FilmRise streaming network continues to grow, our approach to acquiring programs featuring unique stories from people from diverse backgrounds also grows,” said Max Einhorn, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-productions for FilmRise. , in a press release. “‘Kim’s Convenience’ has had a huge impact on a wide range of viewers, and we’re thrilled to bring this culturally relevant series to streaming audiences around the world for free.”
“Kim’s charming characters and beloved stories have brought love and laughter to the hearts of many over her five seasons,” said Richard Goldsmith, President, Global Distribution and Consumer Products, Thunderbird Entertainment, in a press release. “Through our partnership with FilmRise, we are thrilled that new international audiences will have the opportunity to connect and enjoy the heartwarming and hilarious experiences of the Kim family.”