At the 2014 Digital Content Upfronts Monday, Yahoo joined the ranks of Amazon and Netflix by announcing its plan to bring original long-form shows to the screen next year, starting with two new comedies.
Other Space is an out-of-this-world venture from three-time Emmy nominee Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Office). Set in the 22nd century, it focuses on a spaceship crew whose mission takes them off the charts — literally — and into an alternate universe where they have to find their way back home.
Sin City Saints, from executive producer Mike Tollin (One Tree Hill, Smallville, Varsity Blues) and two-time Emmy nominated director Bryan Gordon (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Party Down), follows the story of Las Vegas’ first major league sports franchise and focuses on a Silicon Valley tycoon named Jake, who gets more than he bargained for when he sets out to buy a pro basketball team. Both shows will be presented as eight half-hour episodes.
According to a press release, these new shows “will join the growing collection of award-winning comedy programming available on Yahoo. Each series will launch on Yahoo Screen next year and will deliver 30-minute episodes viewers can enjoy all at once on the Yahoo Screen mobile app, desktop, or in their living rooms on Apple TV and Roku.”
Additionally, the company announced its newest initiative, Yahoo Live. Starting this summer, Yahoo will unveil a new Live Nation channel, where it will offer the largest collection of concert live-streams by producing one concert every day for each day of the year. Yahoo Live also plans to feature exclusive content from the Spider-Man 2 global premieres, as well as the premieres of the upcoming films Mockingjay — Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past.