Quibi’s ‘Royalties’ Is a Comedy Series About Hit Songwriters

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Darren Criss performing in Chicago. Photo Credit: Matthew Smith

Mobile video-streaming platform Quibi is preparing to release a comedy series entitled Royalties, which will follow songwriting partners Sara and Pierce as they attempt to write tomorrow’s hit songs – and overcome unexpected hurdles along the way.

Set to debut on Quibi next Monday, June 1st, Royalties will feature 12 original songs (all co-written by Darren Criss). It will also feature guest appearances from high-profile stars including Mark Hamill, Julianne Hough, and many others, who will portray over-the-top music industry stars.

Fans can check out a just-released Royalties trailer on YouTube.

In addition to uniquely (and comically) highlighting the often-overlooked challenges faced by contemporary songwriters, Royalties will give fans the opportunity to access and enjoy the show’s songs in realtime. Shortly following each episode’s release, Quibi will post the corresponding tracks and music videos, culminating with the full season-one soundtrack on June 12th.

Besides starring in the program, Emmy-winning artist and Glee actor Darren Criss served as its writer and executive producer. You’re the Worst actress Kether Donohue is co-starring as Sara, while Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, National Lampoon’s European Vacation) directed the work.

Like all other Quibi programs, Royalties has been filmed in a way that prioritizes the viewing experiences of mobile users. Similarly, each of its episodes (once again like those of other Quibi originals) will be 10 minutes or shorter. The unique approach to filming and releasing entertainment aims to deliver content that’s particularly suited for viewing on the go.

Founded by Disney veteran Jeffrey Katzenberg in 2018, Quibi debuted just last month, on April 6th. Thus far, several million fans have downloaded the app, which offers a two-week free trial and monthly plans starting at $4.99.

Quibi intends to spend $1.1 billion on original programming in its first year, to create more than 8,500 episodes of over 175 shows.