Transactional VOD service Vimeo has added to its slate of exclusive titles with a new comedy special.
The special is exclusive to Vimeo as the result of a partnership with Supergravity struck in June that would see the digital prodco provide Vimeo with the exclusive VOD rights for four new original films. The first of those originals, The Chosen, a horror film starring YouTuber Kian Lawley, premiered in July. The remaining two projects have yet to be announced.
Morgan, 28, also got his start as a YouTuber and was a host on the YouTube-backed channel SourceFed from 2012-2014. He has also been a host of the YouTube series HappyHour, as well as two series for Mashable, Mashable Minute and Monumental, both of which were produced by Collective Digital Studio. He currently hosts the series Misconceptions for Mental Floss.
The deal with Supergravity is part of Vimeo’s continued effort to grow its slate of exclusive and original offerings for viewers.
Premature is the second comedy special to premiere exclusively on Vimeo in as many weeks. Bianca Del Rio’s Rolodex of Hate, starring former Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestant Bianca Del Rio (the drag alter-ego of comedian Roy Haylock), premiered on the platform Dec. 2. Haylock’s special was produced by Vimeo.
Vimeo has also commissioned the short comedy film Darby Forever, written by and starring Saturday Night Live‘s Aidy Bryant, and the second season of The Outs by Vimeo creator Adam Goldman. Both are expected to roll out in 2016.
In an earlier interview with StreamDaily, Sam Toles, VP of content acquisitions and business development at Vimeo, said the revenue collected from the transactions of each series will be split between Vimeo and the creator, with 90% going toward the creator.
Vimeo’s efforts come amid YouTube’s own development of originals for its premium subscription service, YouTube Red. The ad-free service (which costs $10 per month) will also come with originals from popular YouTube creators such as PewDiePie and Joey Graceffa (the premiere dates for those have not yet been announced). For its part, YouTube’s revenue split will remain at 55/45 for the creator, the same as its ad-supported model.