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Facebook rolls out Watch platform globally

Facebook is to roll out its Watch service globally, one year after the service was launched in the US. The service will immediately be available to all publishers and content creators, who can now publish content worldwide. Facebook’s global rollout will also include a new feature: the platform’s Ad Breaks program will be stretched to […]

FacebookWatch lands new prank show

ITV America’s Loud TV (Tiny House franchise, Girls Incarcerated) is teaming up with WWE star (and emerging actor) John Cena to produce a new prank series for Facebook Watch. The show, Double Take, will involve hypnotist Chris Jones pranking unsuspecting superfans. At the beginning of each installment, one unwitting superfan will meet with Jones, who […]

Instagram to launch “video entertainment hub”

Instagram is reportedly planning to allow video uploads of up to an hour and is looking to roll out a professional video hub as part of its service. The Facebook-owned photo sharing site has had conversations in recent weeks with content creators and publishers about producing long-form video for the platform, according to a Wall Street […]

Facebook orders Catherine Zeta-Jones scripted title

Facebook has ordered a new scripted series starring Catherine Zeta-Jones for Facebook Watch. Queen America hails from Paul Lee’s indie studio Wiip, Made Up Stories and Entertainment 360. It is created and written by Meaghan Oppenheimer (Fear the Walking Dead). Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Queen America is a dark comedy about Vicki Ellis, the most […]

ITV’s Leftfield Pictures set for Facebook talk show

ITV America’s Leftfield Pictures has teamed with Scooter Braun’s SB Projects to develop and produce a talk show format for Facebook Watch. The talk show will be hosted by Lewis Howes (pictured) the author, entrepreneur and host of The School of Greatness podcast. Titled Breakthrough with Lewis Howes, the show will premiere on Facebook later […]

TBI Weekly: The billion dollar US pay TV drop

This week, damning numbers hinting US pay TV may face significant trouble in its near future emerged. There are some that believe that pay TV platforms may not have a future over the next few years and decades, as the industry continues to fragment and direct-to-consumer services reach astronomical figures in viewership and subscriptions. In […]

Lionsgate brings Kim Kardashian’s prank show to Facebook

Lionsgate has partnered with Facebook to bring unscripted series You Kiddin’ Me, which is executive produced by Kim Kardashian West, to the latter’s Watch platform. The ten-episode series was inspired by Kardashian West’s own family antics, as a comedic prank series in which celebrities must do everything their own children say. You Kiddin’ Me will […]

Facebook brings in Elizabeth Olsen dramedy

Facebook is set to bring in a drama-comedy starring and executive produced by Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) as its latest original. The plot of the show is yet to be revealed, but has been given a ten-episode order by the social media giant. Olsen described it as “dark, funny and complicated”. The yet-to-be-titled […]

Facebook usage time down 5% following updates

Facebook has admitted that recent updates to prioritise personal interactions over posts from businesses, brands and media caused the time spent on the service to drop 5% in Q4, while its content arm has ordered a series from Friends star Courteney Cox. Speaking on the social network’s fourth quarter and full year 2017 results conference […]

Facebook to demote videos to encourage ‘meaningful interactions’

Facebook is changing its news feed to focus more on “personal connections” in a move that will de-prioritise posts from businesses, brands and media. Announcing the decision in a post on the social network, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook has always put friends and family at the core of the experience, but that […]