Xbox Unveils Its First TV Development Slate, Including a Halo Series
Xbox is ready to be a major player in TV programming. Looking to expand beyond gamers, and inspired by the success of streaming services like Netflix, Microsoft’s newly formed Xbox Entertainment Studios is announcing the first original series for its device at a Monday presentation to advertisers.
The company has ordered a bunch of projects to premiere in the next two years, including two different takes on the Halo game franchise. The first project, a digital feature to be released later this year, comes from Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free Productions and director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Battlestar Galactica), and will be streamed on a chapter-by-chapter basis. A live-action Halo TV series from Steven Spielberg and his Amblin TV label is also in the works.
Also, the soccer-themed reality show Every Street United, which is timed to this year’s World Cup in Brazil, premieres in June. The show, from producer Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media, follows famed soccer players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids as they search for undiscovered soccer players from eight countries (including the United States, England, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Ghana and South Korea). Xbox will air eight half-hour episodes plus a one-hour finale.
Xbox is also broadcasting a live feed of the Bonnaroo music festival in June and has picked up the tech documentary series Signal to Noise, from the team behind the Oscar-winning feature Searching for the Sugar Man. The doc series’ first installment, Atari: Game Over, made headlines this weekend when a big dig in New Mexico found long-buried E.T. video game cartridges that were dumped there in the 1980s