VUDU GREENLIGHTS “LEGACY,” A DOCUSERIES FROM WHISTLE AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DWYANE WADE, STARRING WADE AND SPORTS LEGENDS EVANDER HOLYFIELD, RANDALL CUNNINGHAM, AND THEIR CHILDREN

The eight-episode docuseries will follow the children of famous athletes including Zaire Wade, Evan and Elijah Holyfield, and Vashti Cunningham, with additional names to be announced

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2020 — Vudu, Walmart’s digital video service, and entertainment and sports media company Whistle, today announced Vudu has ordered the eight-episode docuseries, Legacy, from Whistle. The new Vudu Original will star 13-time NBA All-Star, Dwyane Wade, who will also serve as an executive producer on the series through his production company 59th & Prairie Entertainment. Legacy will chronicle the lives of gifted young athletes who all have one thing in common – they are the children of famous athletes, and they are working toward living up to the name on their back while also building their own athletic identity.The docuseries will be available for free exclusively on Vudu in 2020.

Legacy is a part of Vudu’s commitment to invest in creating premium and compelling original content for families to enjoy together,” said Jeremy Verba, vice president and general manager of Vudu. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Whistle and Dwyane Wade, and bring this motivational series to life.”

The docuseries will follow Dwyane Wade’s son, Zaire Wade, as he navigates his senior year of high school as a Division I basketball prospect; and Randall Cunningham’s daughter, Vashti Cunningham, who is a track and field athlete specializing in the high jump and a contender to win gold at the 2020 Olympics. The series will also shadow Evan and Elijah Holyfield, the sons of former heavyweight world champion boxer, Evander Holyfield. Evan is following in his father’s footsteps and pursuing a professional boxing career, while Elijah has chosen a different path as an NFL running back. Additional names will be announced in the coming months.

“I’m proud to executive produce Legacy and bring my son’s unique athletic journey to other aspiring young athletes,” said Dwyane Wade. “I hope this docuseries leaves viewers feeling inspired through showing the hard work and dedication needed to turn your dreams into reality.”

Legacy will be directed by Emmy Award winner Jonathan Hock (Through The Fire, Unguarded) and Mark Ciardi (The Rookie, Secretariat) will serve as an executive producer. This marks the second project Hock and Ciardi signed onto with Whistle following the announcement earlier this year of the series Benedict Men. Legacy was developed by Mike Basone, Whistle’s VP of development, premium originals, and he will also serve as an executive producer on the project. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) brokered and packaged the deal on behalf of clients Whistle and Dwyane Wade. Additionally, the marketing and production company Tiny Horse will executive produce.

“We are thrilled to partner with Vudu to create premium content that harbors family values consistent with Whistle’s brand,” said Dominic Ianno, EVP and head of Whistle’s growth and new initiatives group and executive producer on the project. “We have assembled a stellar team to bring these stories to life and provide a source of inspiration for adolescents as they face the daunting task of making decisions that will impact their futures.”

Legacy will join Vudu’s slate of original content including series Mr. Mom and feature film Adventure Force 5.

About Vudu

Vudu is Walmart’s digital video service, offering over 10,000 titles for free, including premium original movies & series and 150,000 titles to rent or buy, including the newest releases.  Watch the latest movies & TV shows anytime, anywhere, on your favorite smart TV, Android and iOS device, game console, Blu-ray player, and more. At home or on the go, online or offline, Vudu delivers a premium entertainment experience to millions of users every month with the latest in digital video and entertainment technology, including 4K Ultra High Definition, Dolby Vision HDR, and Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound. For more information, visit www.vudu.com/aboutus

About Whistle

Whistle is an entertainment and sports media company that creates, curates and distributes highly engaging, brand safe original content. Backed by data driven insights, Whistle connects with young audiences across social platforms, digital streaming and linear cable networks through relatable programming that aligns with audience passion points. Join Whistle and its LA based studio, New Form, and the recently acquired mobile-first content studio, Vertical Networks, to discover everything from scripted and unscripted shows to the latest social video trends. For more information, visit teamwhistle.com.

GET MORE MOVIE NIGHTS THIS WINTER WITH RENTAL REDO & OUR LOW PRICE PROMISE *UPDATED 1/6/20*

JOY TO YOUR RENTAL

Gathering friends and family around to watch movie rentals is a time-honored holiday tradition, and Vudu is making it even better this holiday season helping you find the perfect movie rental with benefits that will make your rental experience merry and bright.

30-MINUTE RENTAL REDO

Rent without worry because Rental Redo is just like having a gift receipt for your movie. If you decide your rental is not for you within the first 30 minutes, we’ll give you a “redo” so you can find another movie to fit your mood.

Just stop the movie within the first 30 minutes and call or email our Customer Care team within 24 hours to get a credit equal to the price of the rental dropped directly into your account within 24 hours. Movies that have been downloaded to your device are ineligible. See full terms and conditions here.

LOW PRICE PROMISE

Rest assured that we’re bringing you the low prices that make renting on Vudu easy and convenient-  so you spend less time wondering about prices and more time watching. That’s our promise to you. Because with all the other things you’re shopping for, a movie to relax with shouldn’t be one of them.

On the chance you find a better price for your rental somewhere else, simply contact our Customer Care team to confirm and we’ll add a credit for the price difference into your account within 24 hours. See full terms and conditions here.

SEASON OF SAVINGS

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without some festive goodies to go around, and we’ll be stuffing stockings with Weekly Rental Deals all winter long. Make sure to check back here or at here each Tuesday for some celebratory savings to make your movie-movie watching season shine.

We’re kicking things off with a great offer for 50% off your next rental using code VUDURENTAL. Hurry, this is a limited time offer and quantities are limited*. Redeem at vudu.com/vuducodes.

EVEN MORE TO LOVE

Find all the movies you’ve got on your watch list in our Rental Store. Vudu gives you 30 days to start watching once you’ve rented, and 24-48 hours (depending on the title) to finish the rental once you begin watching, so you can rent now and watch your way on your own time.

You can even discover something not on your radar (don’t worry, you’ve got Rental Redo), and find Rent To Own-eligible movies that give you credit for your rental if you decide you can’t live without adding it to your collection.

With all this, Rental Redo, our Low Price Promise, and Weekly Rental Deals, Vudu is the go-to spot for movie night on all your favorite devices this holiday season and year-round.

*Vudu-enabled device and account required for digital viewing. Limited time offer and limited quantities available. Must redeem and use by 11:59pm PT on 12/16/2019, or before redemption limit is reached, whichever comes first. Once selected, you have 30 days to start the rental, and 24-48 hours to finish the rental once you begin watching. This offer is non-transferable. Offer good for 50% off any rental up to UHD quality. Limit 1 per customer. Movies are only available in the US and customers must be 18 years of age or older. Subject to terms of service. Full terms at vudu.com/tos.

Movie News – Weekend Roundup

Excelsior forever

 

Stan Lee, the hero who brought us many of our favorite superheroes, has passed away at 95. His decades-long career saw the co-creation of beloved characters such as the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, and countless others, and his legacy will live on the hearts of comic fans forever. Excelsior.

 

I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

This Monday also saw the passing of Douglas Rain, whose name might not ring as much of a bell as that of the character he famously voiced – HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. His eerily calm portrayal of a conscious computer that goes on a murderous rampage earned HAL a ranking as the 13th greatest movie villain of all time according to The American Film Institute.

 

Deadpool, now effing kid-friendly

 

Once upon a time, Deadpool was the Merc with a mouth. But now, he’s coming back to theaters this Christmas with a little less bark and the promise that “there will be zero F’s given.”

 

The 12-day run of the PG-13 rated movie will find Fred Savage in a The Princess Bride story time parody that somehow only comes in at three minutes shorter than the rated-R theatrical release.

 

A peek at more Reynolds-chu news

Like the baby legs scene of Deadpool 2, everyone’s talking about it, so we might as well mention it – Ryan Reynolds is going to be Pikachu. Yeah.

 

Based on the game of the same name, Detective Pikachu brings all your favorite (or not) Pokemon to life in this very furry live action film. Oddly enough, most of the current discussion around this movie isn’t about Ryan, or even the existence of this movie (that’s admittedly growing on us), but rather the state of Pikachu’s fur and whether or not it’s too furry.

 

Appropriate for all ages

Everyone’s favorite toys are back. Disney has released the first Toy Story 4 teaser trailer and it’s got all your favorite characters – and even a new face (if you can call it that).

 

Forky – a spork who’s been made into a toy – joins Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, Slink, and LGM in this teaser.

 

 

1980’s Comedy ‘Mr. Mom’ Revived as Digital Series by MGM, Vudu

Repost via   and Variety:

 

The 1983 comedy “Mr. Mom” is being revived as a digital series by its home studio, MGM, as part of a new partnership with Walmart-owned streaming platform Vudu.

 

Vudu made the announcement Wednesday at the NewFronts West just days after revealing its partnership with MGM, which is intended to create a slate of short-form scripted content adapted from a library of classic intellectual property that offers the opportunity to serialize everything from James Bond to “The Pink Panther.”

 

Execs explained the choice of “Mr. Mom” as an attempt to capitalize on the nostalgia parents have for the entertainment choices they grew up with, and their desire to share that content with their children.

 

“As parents, we want to share with kids the TV shows and movies that we grew up with,” said Julian Franco, head of AVOD content and advertising, at Vudu. “They made us feel something. The reality is we want our kids to feel the same thing too.”

 

“Mr. Mom” was a hit film that featured Michael Keaton as a father who bumbles his way through stay-at-home parenting when his wife (Teri Garr) returns to the work world. “Mr. Mom” was written by John Hughes, who would go on to create classic 1980s fare including “Sixteen Candles.”

 

The series will be a continuation of the baby Megan’s story, when as a grown adult, she wants to go back to the workforce and her husband must go on parenting duty.

 

Of “Mr. Mom,” Franco commented, “We thought it would be a good first step for us. We’re going to reboot it. It’s an American classic. Anybody that remembers it loves it.”

 

The series will be featured on Movies On Us, the name of Vudu’s ad-supported platform. It’s intended to cater to Walmart’s family-friendly audience and feature “shoppable” ads.

 

MGM senior VP of digital platforms Sam Toles joined Vudu on stage to share his enthusiasm for the project. “There is definitely a hunger and a passion for established IP,” he said.

 

 

FRESH APP. FRESHER FEATURES.

 

 

We’re freshening up your iOS experience with version 6.1 – here’s what you’re getting, and why you’ll want it.

 

Bye Bye Burger (Menu)

 

 

New look. New nav. And fewer taps between you and your movies & TV. Version 6.1 removes the hamburger menu in favor of putting your most commonly used menu items across the top and bottom of your screen.

 

So, rather than a long scrolling list down the left side, you now have access to Spotlight, Search, Watch, potential Offers, and your Settings across the bottom of your screen – all within thumb reach.

 

Across the top of your screen, you’ll find navigation that lets you access Spotlight, Disc purchases, Showcases (curated collections), and Trailers.

 

Get Down With Downloads

 

This new version of our app also brings back rental downloads! Users will have to be on iOS 12 or above to ensure the ability to download and playback purchased titles and rentals.

 

Downloads are easy and allow you to watch without using data or wifi. Once you’ve purchased or rented a title tap the Download button, select a quality, and go. You’re only limited by the storage on your iOS phone or tablet.

 

Navigating The New Nav

 

 

Watch, the most important and most used item is right in the middle. This is where you’ll access your Vudu collection, over 6,000 Free movies & TV shows, and any Downloads you have on your device.

 

To the left of that, Search will let you search across movies and TV no matter which sub-tab you’re in, so no need to get specific, we’ll take care of it.

 

And tapping on Offers will take you to your My Offers, where you can redeem any offers you earn from purchasing select movies. This replaces the My Offer and bell menu items of the previous app version.

 

Disc To Digital

 

Don’t worry converters, you can still use Disc to Digital by pointing your iPhone browser to vudu.com/disc. From there just hit the Convert Disc link and boom goes the dynamite.

 

Find more detailed instructions on how to convert, here.

 

You can get iOS app 6.1 now from the App Store.