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Roku to roll out former Quibi titles May 20 as Roku Originals

Roku is rolling out its lineup of Roku Originals — series it acquired from collapsed short form streamer Quibi — next week. Roku Originals — launching May 20 in the U.S., ...
May 13, 2021

Roku is rolling out its lineup of Roku Originals — series it acquired from collapsed short form streamer Quibi — next week.

Roku Originals — launching May 20 in the U.S., UK and Canada — comprise 30 titles, including documentaries such as Blackballed and Big Rad Wolf and alternative and reality programming such as Punk’d and Chrissy’s Court (pictured).

Additional unscripted and non-scripted programming rolling out May 20 includes: About Face, Bad Ideas with Adam Devine, Barkitechture, Centerpiece, Cup of Joe, Dishmantled, Fight Like a Girl, Gayme Show, Iron Sharpens Iron, Last Looks, Let’s Roll with Tony Greenhand, Murder House Flip, Murder Unboxed, Nightgowns, Prodigy, Shape of Pasta, Thanks a Million, You Ain’t Got These.

More Originals are expected to roll out on The Roku Channel later this year. The company revealed last month that it would be rebranding the 75 Quibi shows and documentaries it had acquired from the shut down streamer as Roku Originals.

“As The Roku Channel grows, we will continue to be even more creative and expansive in sourcing great content that will perform well in a free, advertising-supported model, while delivering an array of incredible, quality entertainment for our users to enjoy,” Sweta Patel, Roku’s VP of engagement growth marketing, said in a statement.

The company is also partnering with Kevin Hart’s multi-platform comedy brand Laugh Out Loud to bring linear channel LOL! Network to The Roku Channel.

LOL! Network joins the platform’s lineup of more than 190 live streaming channels.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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