Microsoft to launch first original shows on Xbox in early 2014
Developing original series for Microsoft has taken a little longer than veteran TV executiveNancy Tellemhad hoped, but her first slate of shows will launch on theXboxvideogame consoles early next year.
“We’re hoping we will be able to put something up in the first quarter, at minimum second quarter,” said Tellem, president of entertainment and digital for Microsoft, atVariety’sDealmakersBreakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. The shows will be available on the Xbox 360 andXbox Onethrough Xbox Live.
“I’m incredibly ambitious and impatient,” said Tellem, who took the job to produce original content for the Xbox platform in 2012. Because of that, the time it’s taken to develop the first slate of series, including a high-profile project based around “Halo,” with Steven Spielberg producing, has been “slower,” but “reflecting on what we’ve done and what lies ahead, it’s been pretty good.”