Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) are extending their movie streaming service FilmStruck to two of Europe’s biggest markets.
The subscription VoD service, which launched in the UK in February, will expand with bespoke services for France and Spain, offering a movie catalogue that draws on the extensive Warner Bros. and Criterion Collection libraries, as well as other global and local content partners.
Aside from a number of critically acclaimed movies, the service will feature curated themes and exclusive bonus material, including cast interviews, original artwork, Criterion mini-documentaries and hosted introductions.
The expanded service offerings for each market reflect expert local curation. The service for France will draw on local content partners Carlotta Films, MK2, RKO and StudioCanal while the service for Spain will team with local content providers Wanda, Caramel and A Contracorriente Films.
“Rolling FilmStruck out to these additional markets is a significant next step for us,” said Aksel van der Wal, executive vice president, DV&I, Turner International. “France and Spain both have a rich heritage in and love for movies, as well as being rapidly developing SVoD markets, which makes them both exciting markets to tap into with what we believe is a fresh and differentiated offering working with fantastic content partners.”
The expansion of the service into France and Spain comes shortly after DV&I and WBDN announced the appointment of Kerensa Samanidis to the role of general manager, FilmStruck, International. Samanidis joins from the British Film Institute where she was head of digital products and distribution.
FilmStruck is expected to roll out in France and Spain soon and will be available across mobile, tablets, computers and TVs.