Who doesn’t love a sweeping English period drama adapted from the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy?
Dramafever is banking on those heavyweight literary credits, and more, to continue to drive up viewer traffic as the New York-based SVOD service adds British programming to its growing library of international series and movie titles.
The company began streaming five U.K. titles July 1 following a new licensing partnership with BBC Worldwide North America. Titles include: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne), Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle), Upstairs Downstairs (Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard), Little Dorit and Miss Austen.
Several more titles will be added over the coming weeks, including: Sense and Sensibility (Hattie Morahan, Charity Wakefield, David Morrissey and Dominic Cooper), Cranford (Judi Dench and Julia McKenzie), Emma (Romola Garai, Michael Gambon and Jonny Lee Miller), Jane Eyre (Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens), Bedlam (Hugo Speer and Theo James), London Hospital Series (Alfie Allen) and Bleak House (Gillian Anderson and Carey Mulligan).
In all, Dramafever has the U.S. streaming rights to 18 U.K. titles — a move that positions the company to compete with the likes of Acorn TV, a subscription service that already has a significant foothold in the British content sphere.
Founded in 2009 by Seung Bak, CEO (pictured left) and Suk Park, president (pictured right), Dramafever has steadily grown its audience by offering scripted content from more than 70 content providers in 15 countries, including Korea, China, Spain and Latin America.
“Some of our most popular series are historical period dramas from around the world,” said Park in a statement. He said the new partnership with BBC will mean exposing viewers, many for the first time, “to the best stories in this genre from the U.K.”
Dramafever’s more than 700 titles and 15,000 episodes are available on demand via Dramafever.com. The platform also has an app for iPhone, Android, Roku and Google TV. The company also has syndicate deals with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and iTunes, with a total reach of 20 million unique monthly viewers, according to company statistics.
Dramafever is a subsiduary of SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. (SIMI), following an acquisition deal in 2014.