Troma Entertainment, Inc. has announced a new partnership as part of their fiftieth year in operation. They’re teaming up with Invincible Entertainment to create a Free Ad-Supported Television (FAST) channel to deliver Troma’s library of films directly to consumers.
“In this, our 50th year of operation, we’re so happy to be working with Invincible Entertainment to unleash our first FAST channel, Troma TV,” said Troma President and creator of the Toxic Avenger, Lloyd Kaufman.
FAST channels are a modern take on classic television channels — live, linear distribution of programming with the occasional block of commercials (Those of us of an age will remember this as what we used to call “television” and then “cable”). No word on whether the new Troma TV will replace or run in tandem with the Troma NOW branded SVOD channel, but one could assume they’ll run concurrently.
Troma is the longest-running independent film studio in the world. Founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, the company is known for its low-budget indie films that mostly pay homage to the horror films of the 1950s, complete with gore, splatter, and farce. The company has produced and distributed over 1,000 films since its startup, and is perhaps best known for The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ‘Em High, and Tromeo & Juliet.
In addition, the entire Toxic Avenger series is being released in a brand new 4K restoration collection called “The Tox Box” releasing August 29th, and Retroware Games is developing a beat-em-up video game based on the cult classic, which also got a remake that will premiere at Fantastic Fest in September.
“Troma Entertainment is a brand that will forever live in infamy as a leader in genre cinema and Independent film,” says Thomas Ashley, Founder and CEO of Invincible Entertainment. “I have been a personal fan of their films since my teens. The Invincible Team and I are very excited to be bringing the Troma world to Streaming TV as a great new way for fans to engage with the content they love.”
The current plan is for Troma TV to launch near Christmas 2023.