New York-based streaming network FilmRise has acquired the FAST (free ad-supported streaming) rights to Canadian comedy series “Kim’s Convenience,” following an agreement with Canadian production company Thunderbird Entertainment, FilmRise announced on Wednesday.
The show’s five seasons, which are currently available by subscription VOD on Netflix, will have their own dedicated channel in addition to populating on some of the platform’s other channels globally. FilmRise plans to offer the show to FAST channels on IMDb TV, Pluto, The Roku Channel, Samsung TV+, the FilmRise Streaming Network and others.
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Based on Ins Choi’s award-winning play of the same name, “Kim’s Convenience” tells the story of a Korean-Canadian family that runs a convenience store in Toronto. The show first premiered in 2016 on CBC, and gained a global following after debuting on Netflix in 2018. The cast includes Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Andrew Phung, Andrea Bang, Jean Yoon, Simu Liu and Nicole Power.
“Kim’s delightful characters and beloved stories brought love and laughter into the hearts of many during its five seasons,” said Richard Goldsmith, president of global distribution and consumer products at Thunderbird Entertainment. “Through our partnership with FilmRise, we are thrilled that new audiences internationally will have the opportunity to connect with and enjoy the heart-warming and hilarious experiences of the Kim family.”
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