Fuse Media launched the beta version of its subscription streaming service Fuse+ on Wednesday (June 23), with plans to roll out the platform targeting multicultural millennial and Gen-Z audiences later this year.
Fuse+ will feature more than 500 hours of original Fuse programming, including series, docs and films.
Titles to be available on the SVOD include Shine True, in which mentors and role models help a non-binary or trans person explore their inner identity and passions; Like, Share Dimelo, a talk series exploring trending topics for Latinx and millennial viewers; and Sex Sells, which celebrates sex-focused businesses while helping to normalize the topic of sex.
Other series include every episode of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia Bounces Back, T-Pain’s School of Business, and Made From Scratch. Fuse Docs and Fuse Films series will also be represented on Fuse+.
“As the only entertainment brand that hands the mic to our audience, Fuse+ is uniquely positioned as a brand created and curated by, and for, a young, diverse viewer that craves representation in what they stream,” Fuse Media CEO Miguel Roggero (pictured) said in a release.
“It is disappointing that in 2021, people of color still struggle to find enough programming that reflects their cultures and communities — especially with so many streaming options available today. As a Latino-owned entertainment company, it’s our mission to fill this void by connecting our audience with authentic content that will empower and inspire.”
Fuse Media head of digital Patrick Courtney added: “Since we created our dedicated streaming division in March, we have rolled out new brands that are already getting a great response, and announced new partnerships that have introduced the Fuse brand internationally. Today’s Beta launch of Fuse+ is our biggest streaming milestone to date.”
The service is available on Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV at US$1.99 per month, $19.99 annually or accessible with TV Everywhere authentication included with pay TV services.
A subscription gives viewers access to exclusive original content, all Fuse Media originals as they premiere on the company’s linear channels and the entire library of Fuse programming.
Fuse+ will also have a free tier, which includes access to the first episode of all Fuse originals; the company’s entire catalog of short-form original content; and Fuse Media’s three ad-supported streaming television (FAST) brands: Fuse Backstage, Fuse Beat and Fuse Sweat.
A Latino-led management group headed by Roggero acquired a majority stake in the cross-platform entertainment brand in November.
Fuse slates End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock
Fuse Media, producer-director Shannon Kring (2012: The Beginning) and co-director Pearl Daniel-Means will tell the story of the Indigenous women fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline in the documentary End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock.
Part of the Fuse Docs franchise, the film follows a group of Indigenous women on a four-year battle to stop construction of the oil pipeline — which desecrated their ancient burial and prayer sites and threatens their land, water and existence — through to when the pipeline was officially ordered to be shut down in July 2020.
The documentary features expert testimonies about the effects of colonization and the history of U.S. violations of Native American treaties. A federal judge recently allowed the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue operating.
End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock premieres Friday (June 25) at 9 p.m. ET/PT, marking the 145th anniversary of The Battle of Little Bighorn, known as Victory Day through the Great Sioux Nation.
The film is produced by Red Queen Media and is airing in partnership with non-profit organization Ear to the Ground, which is dedicated to helping the women and children of Standing Rock.