Defy Media to Launch ScreenJunkies Subscription Service

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The $4.99 a month service will feature scripted comedy series 'Interns of the F.I.E.L.D.'

The pop culture comedians of ScreenJunkies are launching their own subscription service. 

ScreenJunkies Plus will roll out on Nov. 17 with an exclusive slate of new, original and live programming for $4.99 a month. Among the offerings is the first ScreenJunkies scripted series, a comedy called Interns of the F.I.E.L.D, about overworked, underpaid interns at the world's most elite secret super hero organization. The series, which premieres in December, features Jamie Kennedy, Jonathan Lipnicki and Casper Van Dien

Popular ScreenJunkies series, including Honest Trailers and Movie Fights!, will continue to be free on the ScreenJunkies YouTube channel, but exclusive content will be available to SJ+ subscribers on the ScreenJunkies website and on mobile. The new programming for SJ+ subscribers includes film critic series Mundy Night Raw!, starring Dan Murrell and Nick Mundy; trivia series Movie Games with Jeremy Jahns; First & Worst with Chris Stuckmann; and Movie Fights! spinoff TV Fights!

Annual subscriptions to SJ+ are available for $59, and a $99 Founders Club subscription includes additional perks. 

Defy Media-owned ScreenJunkies has more than 4.9 million subscribers and over 1 billion lifetime views. Defy president Keith Richman says the brand has grown rapidly in recent years, thanks in part to popular series like Honest Trailers. The Honest Trailer for Game of Thrones, for example, is the most-popular video on the ScreenJunkies YouTube channel with 26.9 million views. Richman notes that Movie Fights! has 500,000 weekly viewers, 200,000 of which watch the entirety of the 90-minute episodes. "We think there's a wide open opportunity to create a credible voice in this meta media world," he says.

SJ+ is one of several subscription streaming services from the YouTube community. YouTube, itself, launched $10 a month Red in October with new features and exclusive programming. "We're not blind to the fact that there are a lot of these services launching," Richman says. "It's a crowded marketplace, but we can be differentiated by both the programming and the fact that we've got this marketing vehicle." He adds that Defy is in talks with other services about bundling the SJ+ subscription. 

Here are the shows coming exclusively to SJ+:

TV Fights! — Real fights over the best (and worst) TV shows of the past, present and future. By overwhelming popular demand, the film-lovers who brought you Movie Fights! sets their sights on a new target: TV.

Mundy Night Raw! — Two renowned, fan-favorite film critics duke it out and debate the week’s biggest new releases and undiscovered cinema classics. Starring Dan Murrell and Nick Mundy.

Movie Games with Jeremy Jahns — YouTube star and outspoken film critic Jeremy Jahns is joining Screen Junkies Plus for an all-new bi-monthly series featuring all things movie trivia! 

First & Worst — Popular movie critic Chris Stuckmann and a guest debate the best and worst film of a given filmmaker or actor.

After Credits — Teaming up with HISHE (How It Should Have Ended) we fast forward beyond the movie itself to show After Credits scenes for films that never had them.

Does It Hold Up? — Host Spencer Gilbert (Honest Trailers writer), guest experts and Screen Junkies Plus fans determine if 90’s/retro films still hold up today.

The ScreenJunkies Universe — The live show that gives Plus members an official gateway to all things upcoming, featuring sneak peeks of new shows, Q&As with your favorite cast, viewer (e)mail and more … hang out and let us know how we’re doing.

Honest Trailer Commentaries — Now there’s more Honest Trailers to love than ever before. Get exclusive commentary tracks, outtakes, behind-the-scenes secrets and alternate jokes from your favorite Honest Trailers.

Honest Trailer Exclusive! — Honest Trailers Exclusive lets ScreenJunkies Plus members vote on which film is next to get the “Honest” treatment in a special Honest Trailer that’s exclusively for members.

After The Fight! — The new MovieFights! post-show gives audiences VIP access to the special guests to discuss who won, who should have won, and ask their most burning questions.