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Microsoft exploring "hundreds" of TV concepts

Phil Spencer promises new announcements on Xbox One entertainment soon

Speaking at TGS head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer has revealed the company has more than just a Halo spin-off up its sleeve when it comes to television on Xbox One.

"They have literally hundreds of ideas that they are incubating right now," he said of the LA studio in an interview with Bloomberg.

"We will have some new announcement for TV shows coming pretty soon."

He also promised more international sports would get the Xbox One interactive treatment.

"We believe sports is a very interesting category globally."

Microsoft announced the Steven Spielberg Halo series back in May, while Microsoft's president of entertainment and digital media Nancy Tellem was rumoured to be taking meetings with big name entertainment executives like CBS chief Les Moonves, Sony TV boss Steve Mosko, and WME co-CEOS Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell.

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Latest comments (9)

Bring back Firefly.
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 3 years ago
Bringing back Firefly is impossible for the foreseeable future

Universals contract for Serenity blocks any new TV till 2015. Dillion is on Castle, Joss is under contract to Marvel, the rest are scattered. Best case scenario, some kid of movie after 2016. It's also hideously expensive to get going again. Assuming that Joss is not paying storage on the set out of his own pocket, that's millions right there

They are talking about a new Heroes series with new characters. Look more at stuff like that that can be done on lower budgets. MS Isn't going to she'll out the big bucks on properties they don't own outright

This is a place, among many that Apple is going to run into problems in the future. Netflix knows the importance of ownership, Hulu does, Apples not figuring it out because most of their success in media is accidental, or the result of being the only player at the time. I'm sure that Sony is going through their library to see what they could do, so bring back Odyssey 5!
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 3 years ago
Kinect powered version of the Jerry Springer show anyone?
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
"Hundreds?" All you need are a handful of good ones that aren't all derivative, "reality" or "competition/elimination" based and not all tied to trying to hard to be "new" and "fresh". I guess we'll see what sifts through the piles of ides, right?
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 3 years ago
It's the same process any network goes through. They get a thousand proposals, whittle it down to 50, have meetings on those and send a dozen to pilot of which half go to series
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
I'm interested in seeing what they bring to the table. I can understand a Halo series but if they announce a Forza show I'm going to shake my head. They also need to strike a nice balance between free and paid tv content with hopefully more occupying the former.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
@Jeff: Oh, I know, I know. But given Microsoft's throwing everything into the pot strategy (and taking it out after people freak the hell out), it'll be fun reading what they do (and yeah, I bet a penny that there's a Forza show in that idea box)...
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 3 years ago
@Greg
I'd bet on a Fast and the Furious show actually, given their strong ties with NBC/Uni. That brand is so strong it'd be worth borrowing, and we already know they've been talking about Heroes and other properties.

Too bad Nathan Fillion's Drive got cancelled by Fox so fast, it would have made a great one.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany3 years ago
They should be exploring "hundreds" of games. They still don't seem to learn...
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