Yahoo reportedly wants to rival Netflix and HBO with four original shows

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….

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