Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel.
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Like Fb’s Mark Zuckerberg earlier than him, it appears to be like likeco-founder Evan Spiegel may have his story tailored for the massive display screen. Or no less than the toddler.
Throughout a SXSW panel Friday, Hollywood bigwig Jeffrey Katzenberg and tech VIP Meg Whitman talked up Quibi, their upcoming streaming service for short-form video. The thought behind Quibi (for “fast bites”) is to serve upfor viewing on telephones. And a kind of reveals can be Frat Boy Genius, a fictionalized portrait of Spiegel and the beginnings of Snapchat.
“We wish to inform a narrative that’s as compelling and attention-grabbing in regards to the creation of Snapchat, and Evan’s story, aswas for Fb,” Katzenberg, a co-founder of Dreamworks, mentioned throughout the panel.
Katzenberg and Whitman, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, anticipate Quibi to debut in April of subsequent yr, with plans to launch a brand new collection each different Monday, Katzenberg mentioned. Reveals can have brief, standalone episodes of about eight to 10 minutes, he mentioned, or the brief segments will be stitched collectively into longer, feature-length choices.
Beforehand introduced reveals embrace a “fashionable zombie story” directed bydirector Guillermo del Toro and an anthology referred to as 50 States of Worry, with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi in cost.
Quibi has $1 billion in funding from Hollywood studios, but it surely’ll be up in opposition to opponents like YouTube, HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Fb and Apple.
Snap declined to remark.
Initially printed March 9, 2:30 p.m. PT.
Replace, four:26 p.m.: Provides “no remark” from Snap.
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