For those interested in streaming networks and the ways that they are changing the way people take in media, Quibi is sure to pique your interest. A mobile-only streaming platform created by Jeffrey Katzenberg (Disney, DreamWorks) and Meg Whitman (eBay), the service will launch in April of 2020 and will feature about 7,000 pieces of content upon going live, per Vanity Fair. These pieces of programming will include a stunt-driving series with host Idris Elba and Ken Block, a series of curated, tailored news segments, and programs called “Lighthouses”, which are films brought to viewers by top-name directors that are anywhere from two to four hours in length but broken up into 7-10 minute chunks.
If you’re still scratching your head, I think it would help to explain the audience they have in mind: the way Katzenberg and Whitman see it, their audience isn’t the crowd that’s sitting at home after finishing their workday, it’s the people who are still out and about but have those few breaks here and there where they whip out their phone to check YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, etc… Their videos are specifically tailored to that kind of length, so that people will watch them during their coffee and/or lunch breaks, or whenever else they have that free time.
The service is going to cost $4.99 upon launch if you’re cool with advertisements or $7.99 if you want an ad-free experience.
For horror fans, today brings the exciting announcement that Quibi has teamed up with Sony Pictures Television and Universal Content Productions to have Crawl‘s Alexandre Aja direct and executive produce a new adaptation of Junji Ito’s horror manga Tomie. Also executive producing is David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2, Fear The Walking Dead, Orphan), who will also be writing the script. The adaptation will be co-produced by Hiroki Shirota.
“Based on the cult hit manga series by Junji Ito, Tomie is the story of what happens when a beautiful high school girl goes missing and pieces of her body are discovered scattered around a small town. But what starts out as a murder mystery turns into something even more horrific.“
For more information on Quibi, head on over to their official website.