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Facebook looks to “game-ify” content

As the platform roll outs its video offering Watch globally, it is ramping up its search for formats that can “game-ify” content and leverage Facebook’s interactivity across Europe. Manori Ravindran reports. This MIPCOM, it has been exactly one year since Facebook execs such as unscripted head Toby Faulkner first hit the ground in Cannes, courting […]

Facebook signs up for Zig Zag magic show

Facebook Watch has acquired a short-form series from Zig Zag Productions featuring British street magician Troy Von Scheibner (left). Troy The Magician (5 x 6 minutes) includes unseen footage and clips of the South London magician’s close-up magic and stunts in London and New York. The performer became well known following Channel 4’s six-part programme […]

Facebook ties with BBC News for weekly show

BBC News is launching a weekly news programme on Facebook Watch. Set to launch later this year, Cut Through The Noise will be the social media platform’s first funded non-US news programme. It is to focus on a different issue each week and will be set in BBC News’ Washington bureau or elsewhere in the […]

TBI Weekly: Will Facebook Watch make an impact?

This week, there has been a lot of buzz around the global rollout of Facebook Watch, but it has been accompanied by cynicism over the potential of its success. Although Facebook execs were keen to explain how well the service has performed in the US, its beta testing territory, so far many have been quick […]

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 […]