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Peacock at 28m subs; first original films

May 3, 2022

Peacock has announced three upcoming original films scheduled to premiere on the service in 2023: Shooting Stars, Praise This, and The Killer. Each film (more details below) is part of a previously announced collaboration with Universal Pictures to produce a number of films made exclusively for Peacock.

“We know people join Peacock to watch movies, so we are constantly adding more to serve fans,” said Kelly Campbell, President, Peacock and Direct-to-Consumer and International, NBCUniversal. “Together with the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, we are excited to deliver fresh, exclusive, original films next year to our customers in addition to the legendary Universal Pictures blockbuster films and beloved franchises streaming now.”

Additionally at Peacock’s Newfront presentation in New York, Campbell shared: “On the heels of our biggest quarter ever, Peacock has surpassed 28 million monthly active accounts … or more than 60 million monthly active users.”

Discussing Peacock’s original series Bel-Air Campbell revealed: “As our fastest-growing and most-streamed original series ever … more than 8 million accounts have watched so far … Bel-Air is having a profound impact on Peacock.”

Campbell continued: “On top of originals, movies and sports – when it comes to content, we’re making Peacock the best streaming home for NBCUniversal’s leading consumer brands. We already have NBC current season and starting in September, we will have it next day. Starting today, Bravo hits like the Real Housewives of Atlanta which just premiered last night – and a personal favourite of mine – is now exclusively on Bravo and Peacock.”

Details of each original film are as followed:

  • Peacock will be home to the first film from NBCUniversal’s production deal with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Company. Shooting Stars follows LeBron’s origin story as a high-school basketball player and is currently being filmed in his hometown of Akron. Academy Award-nominees Rachel Winter and Terence Winter are producing along with The SpringHill Company.
  • From producer Will Packer, who also produced Girls Trip, comes Praise This, starring Chloe Bailey as the newest member of a community’s church choir who pushes her members in a hipper musical direction and whose involvement with an irreverent hip-hop star may kick off – or jeopardise – her own musical career.
  • And celebrated action auteur John Woo returns to reimagine and direct his own classic, The Killer.

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