Hollywood News: XBox Working on Original Programming

The Boston Globe is reporting that Peter Safran, who was the Executive Producer on "Scary Movie" and the critically eviscerated "Meet the Spartans" has weaseled his way into a deal with Microsoft to produce original content that will be distributed on the Xbox 360 system.

In an interview at his office in Los Angeles last week, Safran said his first round of programs would all be scripted, as opposed to reality shows, and would probably run under 10 minutes.

He said he planned initially to focus on genres, like comedy and horror, that appeal to the Xbox 360 audience, which is heavily concentrated from the ages of 14 to 34, and tends to be more male than female.

Safran says that the first shows are expected to be available to viewers by the fall and might end up playing elsehwere after debuting on the Xbox.

Although I have serious doubts about the demand for programming, especially 10 minute, scripted programming by a guy best known for one of the worst parody films in the history of cinema. Still, since this is the first attempt to morph the Xbox from a humble, albeit incredibly powerful gaming system into a stand-alone, home entertainment device, the idea has a lot of potential.

As always, stay tuned.

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