Streaming services are booming in 2020 especially when the movie theater experience is nonexistent because of the pandemic. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBOMax will now have to make room for Jewzy Cinema & TV (Jewzy.TV), the newest Jewish streaming service.
Founded by former Reuters and CBS-TV Senior Producer Jeremy Wootliff, Jewzy.TV aims to bring Jews from all backgrounds around the country together with the shared experience of binging more than 100 Jew-ish TV shows and films. He said he was frustrated there was no one-stop-shop for “exciting, cool, high-quality Jewish entertainment” on TV.
After surveying Jews around the country, he found that more than 70 percent of Jewish Americans would watch and pay for a service if it existed. From his home, he built a small team from Hollywood to Tel Aviv and three years later, JEWZY Cinema & .TV is now available for screens large and small around the U.S.
“Jewzy.TV aims to inspire and excite 21st-century Jewish-American identity with comedy, culture, glamor, showbiz and Hollywood,” Wootliff said in a statement to the Journal. “It’s all about entertainment, a timely and positive way to be a proud Jewish American. It will celebrate our common history and Israel’s exciting cinema and TV revolution while helping to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust.”
“Jewzy.TV aims to inspire and excite 21st-century Jewish-American identity with comedy, culture, glamor, showbiz and Hollywood.” — Jeremy Wootliff
Each month Jewzy subscribers can enjoy more than 100 Jewish titles spanning various genres including comedy, thrillers, documentaries, comedy specials and dramas including “The Double,” “Dummy” and “Dark Horse,” featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Rachel Weisz, Adrian Brody, Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow, among others.
Like other streaming services, Wootliff says Jewzy also plans to commission original content. Its first original Israeli-American stand-up special “Happy Monday” was released on Dec. 1. Also like the major outlets, Jewzy is compliant on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire, Google Play and the App Store. A monthly subscription is $7.99 and a yearly subscription is $59.99.
“With community centers and synagogues forced to curtail their activities as a result of the global pandemic, JEWZY Cinema & .TV will be a new way to connect to and celebrate our heritage now and long after this crisis,” he added. “The Jewish American world has changed; like it or not, we experience more on-line. JEWZY.TV is the beginning of our new virtual Jewish community. Let’s keep the dream alive. If we nurture it carefully, it can be an exciting practical benefit for all Jewish people.”
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