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Facebook Watch commissions talk show from ITV America’s Leftfield

ITV America’s Leftfield Pictures has teamed up 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, the author, entrepreneur and host of The School of Greatness podcast. Titled Breakthrough with Lewis Howes, the show will premiere on Facebook later […]

Facebook moving on with plans to challenge YouTube in ad space

Facebook has held talks with media buyers about planned changes to its Watch offering that will help the social media giant compete more directly with Google’s YouTube, according to a CNBC report. According to CNBC, citing unnamed sources, Facebook is mulling an expansion of Watch that will involve opening the platform up to a wider […]

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. Speaking on the social network’s fourth quarter and full year 2017 results conference call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that strategic shift reduced time spent on Facebook “by an […]

NATPE: Facebook orders shows from Bear Grylls & Blumhouse TV

Facebook’s growing ambitions for its Watch video service have expanded with the commission of original shows from the likes of Bear Grylls and Blumhouse Television. During a keynote session in Miami on the first day of NATPE, Facebook’s head of global creative strategy, Ricky van Veen, also unveiled an unscripted show from viral video specialist […]

Facebook launches Creator App for video makers

Facebook has launched a new app designed to make it easy for users to create original video, go live, and connect with their community on the social network. Facebook is billing Facebook Creator as a “one stop shop for creators of all kinds”. The app available globally on iOS with an Android version due to […]

Facebook orders Norwegian teen drama, reveals plans for Watch

Facebook has ordered an English-language version of Norwegian broadcaster NRK’s online teen drama SKAM, to be made by Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment for Watch, Facebook’s new home for professional content, including scripted drama, which went live in the US a few weeks ago. Speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes, Facebook’s head of creative global strategy Ricky […]

Scripps to develop shows for Facebook Watch

Scripps Networks Interactive’s digital production division is set to develop lifestyle shows for Facebook’s recently unveiled Watch platform. Scripps Lifestyle Studios will produce shows inspired by popular Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel content, as well as shows created exclusively for Facebook. These will appear on Facebook Watch as well as through individual show pages, […]

NFL agrees global highlights deal with Facebook

The National Football League (NFL) has agreed a multiyear, worldwide deal to post match highlights on Facebook. The NFL will make official highlights from all 256 regular season games, as well as the playoffs and Super Bowl, available to people globally on the social network. Facebook users will be able to tune in by following the […]

Discovery to create slate of Facebook originals

Discovery Communications has entered into a deal with Facebook to create a slate of original shows for the social media giant’s new video service. The deal will see Discovery develop“premium mid-form shows” for Facebook Watch. Some will be based on existing Discovery franchises and other exclusive to Facebook. The first is Celebrity Animal Encounters, which […]

Facebook adds Zoomin.TV Gen Z shows to Watch

Facebook has teamed up with Modern Times Group (MTG)-owned online video network Zoomin.TV to deliver a series of purpose-made Generation Z-focused shows for the new Facebook Watch video hub. Zoomin.TV content on Watch will include #WomenWarriors, a series on Facebook’s Local Heroes channel that features “remarkable women making a difference around the world” and #BeyondPlastic, […]