Snapchat’s founding being turned into The Social Network-style series

The story of how Evan Spiegel came to create Snapchat is becoming a series of short format videos by Quibi, an upcoming short format streaming service designed for mobile users that will be launched next year. Quibi's name means "fast bites", so all episodes of the program will last less than 10 minutes.

Quibi's co-founders, Jeffrey Katzenberg, former CEO of DreamWorks, and Meg Whitman, former HP CEO, announced The Series during a South by Southwest panel today. Call Frat Boy Genius the series will be based on a script that was published last year on the Blacklist of the best films not produced. "Follows a disgruntled Snapchat employee who tells the story of the emergence of her former Stanford classmate, preeminent imbecile and current boss & # 39; Evan Spiegel & # 39;" according to Deadline ]

The goal is to produce a project similar to David Fincher's 2010 Oscar-winning film, The Social Network that told the original story of Facebook and explored the participation of CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Several other Quibi series were announced in the panel. A series of music competitions is being prepared, and Quibi has joined the popular Spanish television network Telemundo to develop a series based on the characters of his popular show, The Lord of the Skies. Quibi is also partnering with Jennifer Lopez for a "sincere show" designed to give rewards. There will be a total of 10 episodes, and Lopez will star in the first episode, confirmed Katzenberg.

Stilll, Katzenberg and Whitman spent most of the panel trying to persuade moderator and journalist Dylan Byers that their new platform would succeed. Byers noted that platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and, ironically, Snapchat also have short format content designed for mobile devices. Katzenberg and Whitman hope to excel by working with the best talent to produce prestigious television and films, instead of relying on user-generated content. Katzenberg acknowledged that some people are still not taking Quibi seriously, even though the company is not raising a billion dollars from investors.

"We understand the challenge that comes with what we are facing," said Katzenberg. "It is difficult to ask people their opinion about something they have not experienced before, we recognize how difficult it is what we are doing, what we propose to do is between improbable and impossible."

His goal is to turn Quibi into something that viewers check every day, and Katzenberg says that means giving them short snippets of content that they think they need to see. There will be two news segments a day, a separate sports highlight reel and another program that will cover music news. Katzenberg is also particularly excited about a supercut of nighttime shows.

" I could go through 15 things that we call our daily essentials," Katzenberg said. "But here is one for which I would pay $ 5 per month: every day, you will get up and there will be a segment of six and a half minutes of the best of the previous night." It will compile the best parts of each night show from the previous night. We can go to YouTube, go to different sites and add it, but it takes too much time. This is just one more part of Quibi. "

Quibi, who Byers still looked skeptical at the end of the panel, will launch in April 2020.

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