The Rebel just celebrated our one-year anniversary. And it’s only possible because of your support.
Last February, a week or so after we launched, I told you our business plan. We wanted to build our audience and fan base by bringing you short video reports, then eventually, full length shows.
Since that time, along with all the short videos from me, Brian Lilley, Sheila Gunn Reid and the rest of our team, we’ve been producing "The Ezra Levant Show" every night, and "On the Hunt" with Faith Goldy each Thursday.
The latest addition is a regular show called "Standoff," with the amazing Lauren Southern.
(And we’re starting production on another regular show too that I’m not quite ready to tell you about yet, but you’re going to love it...)
Our plan is to have two full shows a night, every night — my one hour show, and then another one right after it. All of them real, full-length TV-style shows. We really are building an alternative to the mainstream media. And when I say we’re building it, I mean you’re building it.
Because none of this would be possible without you — thank you again.
But you heard our plan: from the very beginning the idea was to have a ton of free content available every day — written news stories, quick video clips every day — those five minute videos that you can watch on the go on your phone, or your computer. Brian Lilley and Sheila Gunn Reid do a lot of these, and they’re great, and I love doing them too. We’re going to do even more, as we add staff in Toronto and Vancouver, and other expansion cities.
And that stuff will always be free of charge.
But our plans were always to set up a premium membership, for $8 a month, or 80 bucks a year — less than Netflix.
And starting today, March 9, our hour-long shows will be for members only.
(By the way: If you’re already making a monthly crowdfunding donation of $8 or more, you will automatically be signed up as a premium member.)
If you’re not quite ready to spend $8 a month, that’s OK — every day we’ll post free highlight clips from the members-only shows — like little movie trailers, giving everyone a free sample of what members get. It’s our hope that people will be so tantalized that they’ll want to sign up.
And of course, members have access to our entire video library — so you never have to worry about missing a show.
We’ll ALWAYS have tons of free stories and videos on our website. But hopefully, our work this past year has impressed you enough that you agree our shows are worth $8 a month — the cost of a fancy coffee and a muffin at Starbucks!
I think this is how TV should work — asking people voluntarily to support us. If we were the CBC, we’d just whine and get a billion dollars a year from the government. But I’d rather go bankrupt than become a government journalist, paid by politicians.
I want to be free and independent — giving you the straight talk you’ve come to expect.
So please sign up as a premium member for $8 a month, or $80 a year.
And if you’re really a super-fan, join our Producer’s Club for $250 a year. That gives you all the benefits of a premium member, PLUS extras — private get-togethers in cities like Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. A special welcome gift, and a wallet-sized producers club membership card. Even discounts on special Rebel merchandise. That’s for folks who love us a lot — maybe that’s you?
It’s because of you that we’re thriving — double the size of my original prediction last February. So whether you’re still checking us out for free, or joining as an $8 a month premium member, or taking the leap to join the Producer’s Club — thank you for your support. I can hardly wait to see what we build together this year.
It’s easy to sign up — you can do so now, at TheRebel.media/member, or on any of our premium video pages starting today. Thanks for your help. Now let’s go beat the CBC.