Just four days into 2016, Yahoo is making good on a plans announced at the end of 2015. The struggling tech giant has shut down Yahoo Screen, a 5-year-old digital video platform that housed its original series, its first livestream of an NFL game, and old episodes of Saturday Night Live.
Specs Age 46 Claim to fame Star and co-creator of ABC's family sitcom Dr. Ken (premieres Oct. 2 at 8:30 p.m.); plays Chang on NBC/Yahoo Screen's Community; former internist
Last June, Yahoo Screen sent Community fans into a frenzy when the streaming service closed a deal, just hours before the actors' contracts were set to expire, to pick up the cult sitcom that had been canceled by NBC after five seasons.
Well, that was close. Sony's offbeat sitcom Community, canceled at the very last minute by NBC, has been renewed at the very last minute (a few hours before contracts with Sony were set to expire, in fact) by Yahoo Screen. Thirteen episodes of the sitcom will air on Yahoo starting in the fall.
At CES, Marissa Mayer had some fun hanging out the cast of Saturday Night Live. Turns out, she wants her own 30 Rock. The Yahoo CEO is aiming big when it comes to original programming. Per multiple sources, the company is talking to various studios and talent agencies in Hollywood in search of a breakthrough series project. Ideally the company would like to develop around three half-hour comedy series that it would present at this year’s NewFronts in New York. While nobody at Yahoo is talking about spending House of Cards, Netflix-type money, Yahoo—under Mayer’s direction—is seeking a buzzy hit that would change the way Yahoo is perceived in the market by consumers and advertisers. One producer estimated that Yahoo may be looking for projects in the range of around $200,000 an episode. But another offered: “Think at least [along the lines of] cable budgets, in the range of $1 to $2 million an episode.”
Judy Greer has starred in movies like Adaptation and 13 Going on 30, as well a memorable turn in Arrested Development. But since 2011, she's headlined Yahoo's Reluctantly Healthy, where she learns about diet, workouts and health from a variety of experts and personalities. She talked to Adweek about the show's fourth season, which just kicked off.