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Extra: CuriosityStream debuts on NASDAQ; Rainmaker fortifies senior team

CuriosityStream goes public CuriosityStream has made its debut on the NASDAQ stock exchange following the closure of its merger with special purpose acquisition company Software Acquisition Group. The factual content streaming service in ...
October 15, 2020

CuriosityStream goes public

CuriosityStream has made its debut on the NASDAQ stock exchange following the closure of its merger with special purpose acquisition company Software Acquisition Group.

The factual content streaming service in August unveiled that it had merged with Software Acquisition Group in an effort to go public. CuriosityStream’s common stock is now trading on the NASDAQ exchange under the ticker symbol “CURI”.

The streamer now boasts nearly 13 million paying subscribers across more than 175 countries, and becomes the most distributed “pure play” video streaming service to be publicly listed behind Netflix, according to the company.

The service features more than 3,000 unscripted titles, including 900-plus exclusive originals.

John Hendricks (pictured), founder of the Discovery Channel and former chairman of Discovery Communications, will remain chairman of the board and will continue to serve as the combined company’s largest shareholder.

CuriosityStream, meanwhile, will continue to operate under the current management team led by president and CEO, Clint Stinchcomb.

Rainmaker Content expands sales, operations teams

London-based international distributor Rainmaker Content has appointed former Sky Vision executive Karen Wise as its head of sales.

In her new role, Wise will be responsible for worldwide international sales and providing strategic insight into high-quality content development and acquisition.

The recently launched sales house has also hired ex-Sky Vision sales manager Caroline Clarke as a sales consultant for Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She will report directly into Wise and will be tasked with leading the company’s Asia and MEA sales strategies.

Finally, Rainmaker Content has also onboarded Colin Kiely, formerly director of digital operations at Kew Media, as director of operations and digital distribution. At Rainmaker, Kiely will work closely alongside COO and co-founder Vicky Ryan to expand the company’s digital footprint.

Making It travels Down Under

Matchbox Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal International Studios, has partnered with Australia’s Eureka Productions to co-produce the second international version of DIY-based reality competition format Making It.

Each episode of Making It Australia will consist of two challenges crafted by the local show’s host. Contestants will take on a variety of design and creation challenges revolving around key themes and nationwide trends in crafting in the hopes of taking home a AU$100,000 cash prize.

The series was originally produced in the U.S. by NBCUniversal’s Universal Television Alternative Studio, in association with Paper Kite Productions and Lionsgate-owned 3 Arts Entertainment.

Making It Australia is slated to premiere on Australia’s Network 10 in 2021 and was commissioned by Daniel Monaghan, head of programming for Network 10.

Matchbox’s Dan Munday serves as executive producer alongside Eureka’s Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin.

The Making It format is distributed globally by NBCUniversal Formats and was adapted in Finland last year.

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