Yahoo is the latest tech company to order the original production of its own TV series. Amazon, Netflix and Microsoft have already expanded with original content in order to bring more subscriptions to their products.
The two series are to be launched with Yahoo Screen, a platform like Netflix that allows users to stream content from their browser, a dedicated app or TV devices like Apple TV.
Yahoo’s short comedy series, which it launched last year in collaboration with The Onion, has already received 500 million views. Yahoo is not yet competing with such TV devices like the Xbox 360 or Amazon Fire TV.
Other Space and Sin City Saints
The first of the two series, Other Space, is described as being about “a misfit group of space adventurers who stumble upon an alternate universe”. The second project, Sin City Saints, tells the story of a tech tycoon trying to establish a basketball franchise in Las Vegas.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) 28. April 2014
For Other Space Yahoo has contracted author Paul Feig, best known for Freaks and Geeks. In choosing an experienced director from hit series like The Office, Mad Men and Arrested Development, Yahoo is not taking any risks nor sparing any costs with its first attempt at full-length TV content.
The second series is to be produced by Mike Tollin (Smallville and One Tree Hill) and directed by Bryan Gordon (Curb Your Enthusiasm). Both series will run with eight half-hour episodes and will launch by the end of 2014 at the earliest. Unlike most other TV series, all eight episodes will be made available simultaneously, meaning users won’t have to wait a week in between episodes.
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