Screen Junkies is a YouTube channel that focuses on movies. As of October 2018, Screen Junkies has more than 6.5 million subscribers, and more than 2 billion video views. Screen Junkies is operated by the fan wiki hosting company FANDOM. It is the sister channel to Fandom Entertainment. Previous owners of Screen Junkies included Break Media and Defy Media.
Screen Junkies produces several shows, including: Honest Trailers, a comedy series of trailers narrated by Jon Bailey that satirizes and parodies various films and television programs; Movie Fights, a light-entertainment debating competition hosted by Hal Rudnick where guests debate various issues related to film; and The Screen Junkies Show, hosted by Hal Rudnick, which consists mostly of interviews and film discussions, usually with a comedic bent. Honest Trailers has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Shortform Variety Series" four times, in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. It is one of only a handful of YouTube shows to ever be nominated for an Emmy.
Screen Junkies attracted significant media attention in October 2017 when Andy Signore, co-creator of Screen Junkies and Senior Vice President of Content at Defy Media, was fired amidst allegations of sexual misconduct during the Me Too movement.
Honest TrailersHonest Trailers is a series of parody trailers of films, and occasionally TV shows, that are made to satirize the film. The videos are narrated by Jon Bailey. Honest Trailers are Screen Junkies most popular series by a wide margin. Over 250 have been made and they are a source of a combined 1 billion views on the Screen Junkies YouTube channel. They are also uploaded to Facebook, where they are a source of hundreds of millions of views.
Created by Andy Signore and Brett Weiner, and shepherded by Break Media's Head of Programming Mitch Rotter, Honest Trailers debuted in February 2012. The series started when the creators saw that Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was being re-released in 3D and decided to make a parody trailer for it. The series was continuing as a result of the positive reception the video received. The series is currently written and produced by Spencer Gilbert, Joe Starr and Dan Murrell. The series spawned a spin-off series Honest Game Trailers, which is published on YouTube channel Smosh Games . (unavailable channel)
Honest Trailers has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Variety Shortform Variety Series" four times, in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Honest Trailers has also won two Streamy Awards - Best Writing in 2016, and Best Collaboration in 2017. The Best Collaboration Streamy Award was shared with actor Ryan Reynolds, who has appeared as the character Deadpool in three Honest Trailers. For more information, visit the Honest Trailers Wikia.
The Screen Junkies ShowThe Screen Junkies Show covers a variety of topics in film and television. Some episodes include interviews with actors, "supercuts" (compilations), and information and updates on movies. The Screen Junkies Show is hosted by Hal Rudnick, and was created by Andy Signore, Brett Weiner, and Mitch Rotter.
Movie FightsMovie Fights is a light-hearted debate show hosted by Rudnick from 2017 on. It typically features debates between three other people within or outside of Screen Junkies, such as other YouTube reviewers, on various movie-related questions. The show lasts for about an hour. The first three rounds are roundtable debates that last for approximately 15 minutes each, and the last round is a "Speed Round." Each round would begin with a question, and each contestant would have to make an argument for why their answer is best. The speed round consists of four questions, and each contestant has twenty seconds to make a claim for their answer, and ten seconds to make a rebuttal.
Honest Trailers Commentaries
Honest Trailers Commentaries is a weekly web series in which a panel of Honest Trailers writers watch and riff on an episode of Honest Trailers. It is prerecorded and is uploaded at 10am PST on Wednesdays, 24 hours after Honest Trailers. Episodes are typically 20-30 minutes long and get 50-80k views. Honest Trailers Commentaries was previously published on the Fandom Entertainment YouTube channel.
The Screen Junkies main channel also periodically releases other shows: Cram It! which humorously abridges long-running movie and TV franchises to coincide with the release of new installments or seasons; and Serious Questions, which asks humorously nitpicky and trivial questions about films.
Screen Junkies NewsFrom 2016 - 2019, Screen Junkies operated a second channel Screen Junkies News (SJNews). The channel was orginally the Defy Media channel Clevver Movies. Clevver Movies was rebranded as Screen Junkies News in October 2016.
The Editor-in-Chief of Screen Junkies News was Roth Cornet. The channel was home to several shows including the daily news and talk show Screen Junkies Universe (SJU), the weekly box office analysis show Charting with Dan, weekly Honest Trailers Commentaries, weekly movie reviews and regular special features such as It Could Have Been Worse, Background Extras That Ruined Movies, Smash Hit and Cast Away. Previously aired shows on SJNews include: Millennial Falcon, a Star Wars themed show hosted by YouTuber Jenny Nicholson; and Watching Thrones, a Game of Thrones recap show. Flick Bait was a variety/sketch show that ran for 21 episodes in 2017 that appeared on both Screen Junkies News and Screen Junkies main.
In April 2019, Screen Junkies News was rebranded as Fandom Entertainment. All the staff remained the same, and the four core Screen Junkies News shows were continued. Multiple some new shows were introduced. For more information, see the Fandom Entertainment page.
Screen Junkies PlusScreen Junkies Plus was a paid subscription streaming service that ran from 2015 - 2017. It offered new premium shows available through screenjunkies.com or an app for a monthly fee of $4.99 with a free 3-month trial and other package options. It was announced suring the 56th episode of Movie Fights (air date 11/8/15). The initial episodes of many Plus shows were uploaded to YouTube to entice subscribers. Screen Junkies Plus ceased production in June 2017. Some shows ceased production entirely, but others were moved to the Screen Junkies News YouTube channel including Honest Trailers Commentaries and TV Fights. All existing Screen Junkies Plus content remained accessible on the website and app free-of-charge until early 2018. The reason for removing the website/app was a business decision made by Defy Media.
Screen Junkies Plus ShowsBelow is a complete list of shows that were available on the Screen Junkies Plus subscription service.
- Mundy Night Raw - Hosted by Nick Mundy and Dan Murrell
- Movie Games - Hosted by Jeremy Jahns
- TV Fights - Hosted by Roxy Striar. Continued on SJNews for a few months in 2017, before ceasing production.
- Does It Hold Up? - Hosted by Spencer Gilbert
- Mega Movie Get Together - Hosted by Andre Meadows
- After Credits - collaboration by How It Should Have Ended Crew
- Screen Junkies Universe - Hosted by Andy Signore and Alicia Malone
- Dan's Labyrinth - Honest by Dan Murrell
- F1rst and Worst - Hosted by Chris Stuckmann
- Interns of F.I.E.L.D. - an original scripted sitcom
- Screen Junkies Roasts - featuring comedians performing sets as fictional characters.
- Flash and Friends - The Flash and Arrowverse recap show, hosted by Joe Starr and Roxy Striar
- Watching Thrones - Game of Thrones recap show. Continued on SJNews
- Debugging Mr Robot - Mr Robot recap show. .
- Knocking Dead - The Walking Dead recap show
- Pitch Off - hosted by Doug Benson.
- Gamer Fights - hosted by Matt Raub
- After the Fight - a Movie Fights after show
- Summer Movie Report - hosted by Dan Murrell and Sasha Perl-Raver. Continues on SJNews as Charting With Dan.
- Movie vs Movie - Hosted by John Flickinger
Collaborations with other YouTubersScreen Junkies frequently features collaborations with other YouTubers on both Honest Trailers and Movie Fights. YouTubers who have appeared in Screen Junkies videos include:
- How It Should Have Ended - has appeared in two Honest Trailers (The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and Star Trek Into Darkness) and co-produced the show 'After Credits' with Screen Junkies.
- Chris Stuckmann - has appeared on multiple episodes of Movie Fights and on the Screen Junkies Plus show F1rst and Worst.
- Red Letter Media - has appeared in multiple Honest Trailers, including an on-screen appearance in The Dark Knight Rises.
- CinemaSins - appeared in one Honest Trailer, for Fast Five. CinemaSins and Screen Junkies also swapped series one week. CinemaSins produced an episodes of Honest Trailers, while Screen Junkies produced an episode of Everything Wrong With.
- Jeremy Jahns - appeared in multiple episodes of Movie Fights and hosted the Screen Junkies Plus show Movie Games.
- Mr Sunday Movies - appeared on Movie Fights.
- Comic Book Girl 19 - appeared on several episodes of Movie Fights
- Epic Rap Battles of History - appeared in one episode of Honest Trailers, for The LEGO Movie.
- TeamFourStar - appeared in one episode of Honest Trailers, for Dragonball Evolution.
- The Game Theorist - appeared in one episode of Honest Trailers, for Warcraft.
- Andre "Black Nerd" - has appeared on Movie Fights one episode of Honest Trailers, for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of Their Shells. Andre also hosted the show Mega Movie Get Together on Screen Junkies Plus.
- Doug Walker aka The Nostaligia Critic of Channel Awesome - appeared on Movie Fights and in one episode of Honest Trailers, for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of Their Shells.
- Brizzy Voices - appeared in the Honest Teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- The Reel Rejects - Greg Alba of The Reel Rejects has appeared multiple times on Movie Fights.
- Trisha Hershberger - has appeared in several episodes of Movie Fights and on The Screen Junkies Geek Games.
- Jenny Nicholson - the Youtuber has appeared on multiple episodes of Movie Fights and hosted the Screen Junkies show Millennial Falcon.
- Collider - Screen Junkies has a very close relationship the the YouTube channel Collider. Multiple Collider employees have appeared on Screen Junkies Movie Fights including Mark Ellis, Kristian Harloff, John Rocha, Peri Nemiroff, Jay Washington, Scott Mantz, Coy Jandreau, Jon Schnepp and others. Many members of Screen Junkies have appeared on Collider's Movie Trivia Schmoedown, most notably Dan Murrell. Some people such as Ken Napzok have worked for both channels.
- Flula Borg - Flula appeared in the Honest Trailer for Pitch Perfect, and also an episode of Flick Bait where he made live musical compisitions based on lines from movies.
Firing of Andy SignoreAndy Signore, co-creator of Honest Trailers and Senior Vice President of Content at Screen Junkies' parent company Defy Media, was suspended on October 6, 2017, after multiple women came forward on social media to accuse him of inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment, plus one woman who accused him of attempted sexual assault. Some women stated that they had previously raised their complaints to Defy Media HR but no action was taken. Signore's employment was terminated on October 8, 2017.
Activity on both the main channel and the Screen Junkies News channel stopped for approximately three weeks while the employees decided whether they would continue with the company. Signore's image was removed from the thumbnails of several videos on both channels following his termination, and several videos on both channels featuring Signore were deleted out of sensitivity. This included several videos filmed at Comic Con that featured hosts objectifying female cosplayers, and all episodes of Flick Bait which included some comedy sketches that appeared dubious in light of the accusations. Some shows permanently ceased production after Signore's firing, including Flick Bait and TV Fights. Movie Fights went on a three month hiatus, but returned as weekly show with a retooled format and a new host in 2018. Screen Junkies released two videos in which they addressed Signore's termination , discussed the changes to their workplace to ensure a similar situation could never happen again, and explored what sexual harassment actually is and how people can be supportive of those affected by it.
In August 2018, Signore filed a lawsuit against Defy Media, Screen Junkies' former parent company. The lawsuit was settled out of court and no details of the settlement were made public. In 2018, Signore returned to his personal YouTube channel. In 2019, he made a video addressing the allegations that were made against him - he disputed some and apologized for others, describing his own behaviour as "apalling." He has nothing further to do with Screen Junkies, and the Screen Junkies team have made no further statement about the situation.