18 FEB 2021

ROKU IS BUILDING AN ORIGINAL CONTENT PRODUCTION TEAM

The search was made evident on a Tuesday posting through which the company sought out a leading production attorney to work alongside creatives to produce service agreements. The move follows a series of deals reach by the streamer with Quibi, HBO Max, and Peacock, among others.

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Roku is now searching for additional staff members to strengthen and expand its original content production. The streaming-device company is looking to hire a lead production attorney. The efforts were made public through a new job listed, posted on Tuesday. 

The qualified executive would work alongside creatives such as writers, actors, directors and individual producers to craft “production services agreements, below-the-line agreements including for department heads, location agreements, clearances, prop rental agreements, likeness releases and credit memos.” 

The search follows multiple deals brought upon the stramer, such as its rights acquisition from Quibi, which consisted of 75 shows and documentaries. The new position comes after Roku has struck multiple deals in the last few months to add more content and streaming options to its service created for the short form streaming service and over a dozen titles that never made it to the platform. Roku reportedly paid “significantly less” than USD 100 million for the content.

Prior to that, Roku reached a distribution deal with HBO Max in December, bringing the service onboard just days before “Wonder Woman 1984” debuted on Christmas Day. And in September, Roku reached an agreement with NBCUniversal to carry its Peacock streaming service, which wasn’t on Roku when the service initially launched.

New original content would likely join Quibi on The Roku Channel, Roku’s free streaming service. The move would help The Roku Channel compete with both free services and paid streamers like Netflix and Prime Video which use original content to pull in subscribers with the promise of content that can’t be found in other platforms. Roku has not yet commented on the job listing or potential plans for original content.

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