As Head of Comedy, Lil Rel Howery will collaborate with KWELITV Founder and CEO DeShuna Spencer on securing new comedy content for distribution as well as partnerships and other opportunities in the comedy space. As the platform continues to grow, Howery will also be on the forefront of KWELITV's eventual plans to produce original comedy programming.
KWELITV, the ad-free SVOD service for global independent Black cinema, has announced that actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery (Oscar-winning 'Get Out', 'Bird Box', 'Free Guy') joins the OTT streaming service as the Head of Comedy. In celebration of this new role, KWELITV has launched the new monthly channel "Comedy Curated by Lil Rel," which includes films, series, stand-up comedy programming and more from up and coming black comics of all ages from across the globe, curated by Howery himself.
"I'm really excited to put my executive hat on and give opportunities to amazing talented people of color," Howery shares. "I feel like being Head of Comedy at KWELITV puts me in a position to give a home to some of the thriving Black comedic talent around the world. DeShuna has done an amazing job with KWELITV so far and I'm excited to joins forces with her to enhance what's already at this important and great streaming service."
"We're delighted that Lil Rel will be bringing his comedic and business talents to KWELITV. This has been a tumultuous year for the nation - particularly for the Black community. Comedy is a form of healing, and we need laughter now more than ever," adds Spencer. "This collaboration will not only be a game changer for KWELITV but also for up ands coming black creatives across the globe."
"KWELITV is an exciting, affordable, and mostly accessible entry into the world of streaming international Black cinematic art" - PC Mag
KWELITV is available to stream via the KWELITV website, DistroTV, Comcast Xfinity, Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV, AppleTV, iOS, GooglePlay for Android and Chromecast. The fast-growing service's subscribers have more than doubled since April 2020. Additionally, PC Mag named KWELITV as one of its "Best Movie Streaming Services for 2020" - one of the only independent, Black-owned services to make the list alongside industry heavyweights.
Founded by journalist, filmmaker and entrepreneur DeShuna Spencer, KWELITV diverse slate of films, series, documentaries and children's programming showcases the rich history and diverse culture of the global Black community with new award-winning and film festival-vetted films and documentaries added the first of every month.