|Founded||March 25, 2021|
|Neal Harmon (CEO)|
|Products||Video on demand|
Number of employees
Angel Studios, Inc. is an American media company and film distribution studio based in Provo, Utah. It operates the over-the-top video on-demand service Angel Studios. The streaming service is available worldwide and can be accessed via web browsers or via application software installed on smartphones, tablet computers, and smart TVs.
The studio uses equity crowdfunding to finance its original productions by offering individual investors the opportunity to purchase shares in the company and its titles. Content produced by Angel Studios is distributed for free on their own streaming service. Some titles are also available in other third-party streaming services as distribution deals.
Notable titles that Angel Studios has produced through crowdfunding include The Chosen, Dry Bar Comedy, The Wingfeather Saga, and Tuttle Twins. The Chosen raised $10.3 million for its production and was the largest crowdfunded entertainment project in history until March 2023 when it was surpassed by David which has raised $49.7 million in crowdfunded investments through Angel Studios.
Angel Studios emerged as the result of a bankruptcy reorganization from VidAngel after a four-year lawsuit by major entertainment studios. A year after bankruptcy, in May 2022, Angel Studios reports that it has $123 million in revenue and that 50,000 people have invested over $100 million for production of new original content on its platform. Angel's first major box office blockbuster success came as a result of its July 3, 2023, release of Sound of Freedom which on a $14.5 million budget has grossed to date over $175 million, designating Angel Studios as a mini-major independent.
See also: VidAngel
Angel Studios was originally founded as VidAngel in 2014 by Neal Harmon, Jeffrey Harmon, Daniel Harmon, Jordan Harmon, and Benton Crane. According to Neal Harmon, the brothers wanted to be able to show any movie to their children without worrying about explicit material. VidAngel provided a filtering service that allowed viewers to skip or mute scenes they did not want to watch from streamed movies and TV shows, by allowing viewers to set customized filters on graphic violence, nudity, and profanity.
In 2016, VidAngel was sued by several major Hollywood studios for copyright violations, accusing the service of streaming unlicensed content that was not created by VidAngel. VidAngel fought the lawsuit for several years, asserting its method was legal under the Family Movie Act of 2005, and then eventually reached a settlement in 2020.
As a result of the lawsuit, the Harmon brothers decided to sell the filtering service business and instead focus on producing original content through equity crowdfunding. The previous VidAngel service was sold to VidAngel Entertainment, and the company was rebranded as Angel Studios in 2021.
In December 2016, VidAngel was undergoing a lawsuit. To raise money for operations and lawsuit costs, the company conducted a Regulation A+ securities offering with a goal of $5 million in investment. It met its goal after 28 hours and had crowdfunded over $10 million after five days.
In 2017, the company conducted another Regulation A+ securities offering to crowdfund Season 1 of The Chosen. Neal Harmon and Jeff Harmon worked together with Dallas Jenkins and Derral Eves to produce and stream a multi-season television series about the life of Jesus and his disciples. After a pilot episode was developed, the company raised $13 million in equity crowdfunding to finance the first season, the largest amount ever crowdfunded for a TV show.
Also in 2017, a third foray into equity crowdfunding came from the launch of Dry Bar Comedy, a series of 52 original stand-up comedy sets filmed in Utah that are generally clean and performed by lesser-known comedians. Much of its content went viral, with Dry Bar Comedy videos receiving over two billion views as of 2021.
The success of Dry Bar Comedy and The Chosen gave way to a new business model that would allow the company to produce and distribute original content. The founders decided to focus on developing original content using its equity crowdfunding model and rebrand as Angel Studios.
Angel Studios was named after the "angel investors" that participate in the new model that uses equity crowdfunding to finance original productions. These productions are distributed via the Angel Studios streaming platform for free. The company relies on a pay what you want revenue model, coined "Pay It Forward", in which viewers can optionally pay for the content if they choose to support it.
In early 2021, Angel Studios purchased the domain angel.com for $2 million. Soon after, Angel Studios launched an investment portal called Angel Funding that offered investment opportunities through Regulation Crowdfunding securities offerings.
Several productions were successfully funded through the investment portal after its launch in March 2021. Tuttle Twins, a show for children with educational themes on economic freedom raised $4.6 million in equity crowdfunding for its production. The Wingfeather Saga, an animated series based on the award-winning book collection of the same name raised $1 million in the first 48 hours and $5 million in 20 days
In April 2021, The Chosen, which was originally distributed through the VidAngel platform, was made available on Angel Studios for the launch of Season 2. The show became a viral hit with renowned success worldwide.
In 2022, Angel Studios raised $47 million in an investment round led by a Gigafund, a venture capital company.
As of 2022, Angel Studios had 50,000 individual investors and had over $100 million worth of original content, including 12 titles, in production.
|The Chosen||Historical drama||April 21, 2019||3 seasons, 24 episodes||Streaming seasons 1–3. Season 4 in production.|
|The Wingfeather Saga||Animation Fantasy Adventure||December 2, 2022||1 seasons, 6 episodes||Streaming season 1. Season 2 in production.|
|Dry Bar Comedy||Stand-up comedy||February 24, 2017||9 seasons, 215 episodes||Streaming seasons 1–9. Season 10 in production.|
|Tuttle Twins||Animation Adventure Comedy||June 30, 2021||2 seasons, 18 episodes||Season 2 streaming new episodes monthly.|
|Freelancers||Comedy||March 28, 2019||2 seasons, 16 episodes||Streaming seasons 1–2.|
|The Riot and the Dance||Nature documentary||March 18, 2018||1 season, 3 episodes||Streaming season 1. Season 2 in production.|
|Jungle Beat||Children Animation Adventure||October 22, 2004||8 seasons, 60 episodes||Seasons 1-3 on YouTube. Streaming seasons 4–8.|
|Playing For Eternity||Sports documentary||February 3, 2023||1 season, 11 episodes||Streaming season 1.|
|Lightwise||Podcast||March 21, 2023||9 episodes||Streaming season 1.|
|Dry Bar Unscripted||Stand-up comedy||To be announced||To be announced||In production.|
|Testament||Drama||To be announced||To be announced||In production.|
|The German King||Historical drama||To be announced||To be announced||In production.|
|Testament: The Parables Retold||Drama||October 6, 2022||120 minutes||Streaming||—||—|
|His Only Son||Biblical drama||March 31, 2023||101 minutes||Theatrically released||$250,000||$12.3 million|
|Sound of Freedom||Drama thriller||July 4, 2023||131 minutes||$14.5 million||$172.8 million|
|The Shift||Science fiction thriller||December 2023||TBA||Post-production||TBA||TBA|
|Cabrini||Biography||March 8, 2024||TBA|
|The Telegram||Science fiction thriller||TBA|
The Chosen, a streaming multi-season television series about the life of Jesus, was first produced under the VidAngel umbrella and now distributed by Angel Studios. The series was supported by equity crowdfunding and raised over $13 million, the largest amount ever crowdfunded for a TV show.
Dry Bar Comedy was one of the company's first forays into original content, launched in 2017. It began as a series of 52 original stand-up comedy sets filmed in Utah that are generally clean and performed by lesser-known comedians. Dry Bar Comedy has attracted a large social media following, particularly on YouTube. As of 2021, Dry Bar Comedy videos have attracted over 2 billion views.
Loosely based on books of the same title by Connor Boyack and Elijah Stanfield, Tuttle Twins follows twins Ethan and Emily Tuttle who go on adventures with their grandma on her time-traveling wheelchair. It held the all-time crowdfunding record for a kids show until it was surpassed by The Wingfeather Saga.
Angel Studios produced an animated TV adaptation of The Wingfeather Saga, a fantasy book series for children and young adults written by Andrew Peterson. Investors poured in $5 million to produce the first season, which is currently streaming.
As of July 2023[update], Angel's distributed feature films include His Only Son, a March 2023 live-action drama retelling the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac produced by RockBridge Productions and Sound of Freedom released in July 2023, produced by Santa Fe Films.
Forthcoming films include David, an animated film about the eponymous biblical hero, and The Shift, a sci-fi film set to be released in late 2023 starring Neal McDonough, Sean Astin, Kristoffer Polaha, and Emily Rose, which will be Angel Studios's first original theatrical feature film.
On July 3, 2023, Angel Studios released the film Sound of Freedom to 2,626 theatres, increasing to 3,285 theatres on July 14. Directed by Alejandro Monteverde and based on true events, the film stars Jim Caviezel, Mira Sorvino, and Bill Camp. Originally a 20th Century Fox release before Disney acquired the label, Disney refused to release the film, until Angel Studios acquired the rights for $5 million. Before the film opened, Sound of Freedom earned over $10 million in pre-ticket sales through Angel's crowd-funding and pay-it-forward model. It reached #1 on July 4, 2023, beating Disney's release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny that day and earned $40 million in its first six days. To date the film has earned over $175 million. An expansion to international cinemas for the $14.5 million budgeted film was announced on Angel Studios' X page starting with South Africa on August 18. This represents Angel Studios' first worldwide release in multiple international markets for the company. Sound of Freedom's blockbuster success has now allowed Angel Studios to be designated as a mini-major independent for filmmakers.