Yahoo is close to ordering four series of original programming, designed to rival the kind of shows seen on cable-TV networks such as HBO and streaming services such as Netflix, The Wall Street Journal reports. The shows would be half-hour comedies, created by writers and directors with TV experience. Seasons would comprise of 10 episodes, with each episode’s budget reportedly ranging from $ 700,000 to a few million dollars.
“[Yahoo is] looking at the same type of shows that Netflix and Amazon are eyeing,” a source told The Wall Street Journal. Marissa Mayer, the company’s CEO, has yet to secure any deals, but is reportedly planning to demonstrate Yahoo’s ability to produce top-tier programming to advertisers at an event in late April….