Yahoo has today announced the first two of its TV-length original series to be released in 2014, as its first attempt to take on the media giants like Hulu or Netflix, building upon their Yahoo Screen service.
The first of the shows has been named Other Space, and will be created by Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids, and will be set in the 22nd century, where humanity has conquered the galaxy, and has eventually grown bored with intergalactic adventures, this all changes when a ship discovers a new alternative universe, where its crew has to deal with the implementations of an unknown world.
The second has been created by the director of The Office, and will be produced by Mike Tollin from Varsity Blues. The show will be named Sin City Saints, and will be centered around a Silicon Valley tycoon who buys a basketball expansion team in Las Vegas, only to then discover that running a major sports franchise is harder than he expected.
Both shows have been ordered for a total of eight episodes, all of which will be released on Yahoo Screen in one go, allowing versions to view all of the eight 3o minute episodes at once.
Yahoo Screen is currently available on the web, on Roku, and on the Apple TV.
Yahoo also announced that their partnership with Katie Couric will be kicking off this summer too, launching two programs with the news anchor, one called World 3.0 and the other called Now I Get It. World 3.0 will focus on scientists, engineers and tech world business leaders, and Now I Get It will aim to provide viewers with information on common news issues and concerns.
Yahoo also announced that they will also be partnering with Live Nation, the concert ticketing company, in order to stream a live concert every day for one year, all of which will also feature what the Yahoo marketing chief Kathy Saivtt says is the “world’s hottest bands and musicians,” as well as providing users with 1,200 of its live song recordings from around the shows.
As of yet however, for that last part there’s no further details.