More than a year ago, Microsoft announced it had hired former president of CBS Television Studios Nancy Tellem to be in charge of a new Xbox Entertainment division. This week, Tellem stated that the first efforts from the group could be released as soon as spring of 2014.
Tellem made the remarks as part of a keynote speech at an entertainment event sponsored by TheWrap.com. According to the site, Tellem said one of the goals of Xbox Entertainment is to make a show as grand as HBO's hit fantasy series Game of Thrones. She said, "That, to me, was [the] greatest testament to how wonderful television can be and how engrossed people are and committed – and it was a social experience." She also said that the budget Microsoft has given the division was "enough for me to do my job, let’s just say."
Microsoft has not yet decided to release episodes of their shows every week, as per the norm, or all at once as Netflix has done with its own original series, Tellem said.
So far, Microsoft has only admitted to developing one series, a live-action scripted show based on the Halo game franchise. There is plenty of evidence that the company is also making a soccer-themed reality series called "Every Street United," but so far Microsoft has not officially announced plans for the show.
Source: TheWrap | Image via Microsoft