VRV said two original series from El Rey Network -- Man at Arms: Art of War and Robert Rodriguez’s The Director’s Chair – are being made available on the Ellation-owned SVOD aggregation service.
Season one of both series are available for streaming on VRV Select, VRV’s curated house channel that’s part of a $9.99 per month premium bundle that includes several other services, including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, Tested, Shudder and Nerdist.
Update:As a clarification, VRV is now the exclusive streaming service for those two series, which continue to run on El Rey Network, with new episodes in production. While VRV is the exclusive streaming home for The Director's Chair, it is also being sold (via download) on iTunes ($2.99 per episode, or $29.99 for all of season one).
The Director’s Chair, produced by Troublemaker Studios and Skip Film with FactoryMade, is a series featuring interviews between directors and host Robert Rodriguez. Past guests include Sylvester Stallone, John Carpenter, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, George Miller, Guillermo del Toro, Robert Zemeckis, Frank Darabont, Jon Favreau and Quentin Tarantino.
Man at Arms: Art of War, hosted by Danny Trejo and produced by DEFY, features a team of expert craftsmen who reproduce iconic weapons and armor from scratch.
VRV has not announced subscriber figures, but says it has more than 1.5 million registered users. The additions of the two original series expands on VRV’s move into content that extends beyond genres like gaming, fantasy, comedy and anime that dominated the service’s focus when it launched in late 2016.
“The Director’s Chair and Man at Arms: Art of War lifts the curtain and presents a fascinating look at how things are made – whether it’s beloved films or iconic weapons,” Daniel Tibbets, president and GM of El Rey, said in a statement. “I anticipate that the VRV audience will embrace these series as enthusiastically as the El Rey audience.”