The media tech entrepreneurs behind UK’s BBC iPlayer and U.S. platform TenduTV have launched an arts and culture content focused SVOD.
Marquee.TV will partner with global arts organizations, international broadcasters and independent producers for its content library, which offers dance, opera, music, theater and documentary. The SVOD’s catalog is selected by Marquee’s acquisition team with the support of curator-at-large Clemency Burton-Hill, former BBC and current NPR Radio arts broadcaster.
The platform also offers on-demand content from arts production and distribution firm Opus Arte, which delivers productions from the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne, while also hand-picking a range of new productions and independent live performances from such venues as Sadler’s Wells and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
“Marquee.TV is a solution for the entire cultural ecosystem – from independent artists to the largest institutions,” said Kathleya Afanador, co-founder and director of partnerships, in a statement. “For us, this is about helping secure an exciting future for today’s creators through progressive digital partnerships. Some of our arts organization partners are already seeing Marquee.TV as the only platform they want to see their content on.”
Marquee was founded by CEO Simon Walker; Marc Kishner, who also acts as director of partnerships; and Afanador.
John Armah, meanwhile, has been named chief operating officer, bringing his digital growth and subscription experience from his past positions at NBCUniversal and the Financial Times, in addition to a wealth of cultural arts knowledge as a trustee of participative arts charity The Big Draw.
Marquee.TV is now available in the U.S., Canada and UK via native apps on iOS and Android, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire for £8.99 per month (US$8.99).