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Netflix secures streaming deal for hit series 'The Chosen’

by Kelly Valencia
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Netflix US has discreetly acquired the streaming rights of the first season of the popular faith series The Chosen.

Created by Dallas Jenkins, the series aims to re-imagine the life of Jesus Christ, with Jonathan Roumie playing the Son of God. The rest of the cast includes Shahar Isaac, Elizabeth Tabish, Paras Patel, and Noah James.

The streaming giant made the addition without any formal promotion, likely due to the religious subject matter. Currently only eight of the 26 episodes in series one are available on the site.  It's unknown whether the rest will be added in the future.

Originally, 'The Chosen' was available on a dedicated website and app by VidAngel.  It built its brand using an innovative financial model, using online crowdfunding, with makers encouraging viewers to 'pay it forward' and allow another user to watch an episode for free.  In 2017, the series became the top crowdfunded media project in history, raising over $11 million from more than 16,000 investors who wanted to see season one made.  The episodes grew in popularity, and expanded to various streaming services, including Prime Video. More recently, American television network 'The CW' secured the broadcast rights for the show.

While a fourth season is currently in development, it has yet to be released. Production was initially halted due to the SAG-AFTRA strike which has stalled the movie industry around the world. The Chosen has since received a waiver to resume its production as It's a self-financed with limited affiliations to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

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