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Facebook in talks to produce original TV-quality shows

Facebook logo is seen at a start-up company gathering at Paris' Station F in Paris Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Jun 26, 2017, 06.26 AM (IST)

Facebook is in talks with Hollywood studios about producing scripted, TV-quality shows, with an aim of launching original programming by late summer, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

In a meeting with Hollywood talent agencies, the social networking giant has indicated that it was willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode. 

Facebook is hoping to target audiences from ages 13 to 34, with a focus on the 17 to 30 range. The company has already lined up a relationship drama called 'Strangers' and a game show called 'Last State Standing. 
Facebook could not be immediately reached for comment.

The company is expected to release episodes in a traditional manner, instead of dropping an entire season in one go like Netflix and Amazon.
The company is also willing to share its viewership data with Hollywood.

Apple hired co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, earlier this month, to lead its video programming efforts.

Apple began its long-awaited move into original television series last week, with a reality show called 'Planet of the Apps', an unscripted show about developers trying to interest celebrity mentors with a 60-second pitch on an escalator.

The company's future programming plans include an adaptation of comedian James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' segment from his CBS Corp show that will begin airing in August.

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