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Quibi will launch April 6 and Steven Spielberg is the latest Hollywood power player to be working on a series for the upcoming short-form streaming platform.
Spielberg has already written five or six episodes for his upcoming horror project, which is being developed under the working title “Spielberg’s After Dark,” according to Quibi co-founder – and, of course, longtime Spielberg collaborator – Jeffrey Katzenberg. The former Walt Disney Studios chairman and DreamWorks Animation co-founder unveiled a slew of information about Quibi at Produced By in Los Angeles Saturday and the Banff World Media Festival in Canada Sunday.
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Of course, even “Jaws” and “Poltergeist” aren’t quite as scary when watched while the sun is out. That’s why “Spielberg After Dark” will only be available at night, with Spielberg originally requesting that the program only be distributed after midnight, Katzenberg said Sunday.
Quibi’s compromise solution will be to put a clock on phones that will tick down until the sun sets wherever the user is. The show, which will have around 10 to 12 episodes, will then become available, only to fade into the shadows when the sun rises again.
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It’s an avant-garde idea for a platform that is largely defined by experimentation. Shows on Quibi, short for “quick bites,” are designed to be watched on the go, with each episode of a series ranging from 7 to 10 minutes in length. The short-form format is designed to make Quibi appealing to millennials,...
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