Are You Ready For Facebook Original TV Shows?


by Anna Brech |
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Facebook is poised to follow in the footsteps of on-demand services Netflix and Amazon by producing its own original TV content.

The social media giant is in talks with Hollywood studios to create scripted shows, which may be rolled out by the end of the summer, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal this week.

True to form, Facebook bosses are on the lookout for programmes that will appeal to a youthful audience of 13 to 34-year-olds, the paper says.

But boringly, they're keen to avoid anything to do with politics, news, nudity or coarse language (in order words, you can forget about an answer to House of Cards, or Orange is the New Black).

She liked her job - but she liked Facebook TV shows quite a lot more... ©Getty

Unsurprisingly, the company that Mark Zuckerberg founded during his college days has a large pot of money to draw from.

Sources close to this new initiative says Facebook would be willing to spend around $3million (£234million) an episode on any proposed show.

It sounds like a lot, but this is roughly on par with other US cable TV programmes.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook has already lined up two new shows for its project; relationship drama Strangers, and a game show called Last State Standing.

The company will likely release one episode at a time rather than unveiling the whole season at once - as has become customary for Amazon and Netflix.

The average UK worker already wastes an hour a day on Facebook, so we can't wait to see how this new move puts a further dent in productivity.

Who needs to write that arduous presentation when you have a nice, shiny TV show calling to you right at your desk...

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