Xbox Entertainment Studios
|Type||Subsidiary of Microsoft Studios|
|Industry||Video game industry
|Headquarters||Redmond, Washington, United States|
|Key people||Nancy Tellem (president)|
Xbox Entertainment Studios was an American video game developer based in Redmond, Washington created internally by Microsoft Studios in 2012, in order to create "interactive television content" for Xbox Live.
On July 17, 2014, Microsoft confirmed that the studio will be closing.
At time of closure, Xbox Entertainment Studios was developing their first projects: a documentary about the video game crash of 1983, a science-fiction drama titled Humans and a live action television series based on the Halo franchise in collaboration with film producer Steven Spielberg. Future projects were to have included a remake of the BBC sci-fi series, Blake's 7., a reboot of the Canadian children's hospital documentary series Little Miracles, and an autobiographical series about rapper Nas. The studio also intended to co-produce certain live events for Xbox Live, including future editions of the Call of Duty Championship, the Miss Teen USA beauty pageant and the VGX.
Before the closure was announced, the studio released a street soccer-focused reality series titled Every Street United to coincide with the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Before closing, it intends to release the video game documentary (provisionally titled Signal to Noise), and the series spun-off from Halo.
Programming produced by Xbox Entertainment Studios
- Every Street United (2014)
- Miss Teen USA 2014 (2014, with Dick Clark Productions and Miss Universe Organization)
- Signal to Noise (2014)
- Halo Nightfall (2014)
- Halo: The Television Series (2015)
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- McWhertor, Michael (2013-05-22). "Halo TV series early in development, but Microsoft expects 'dramatic impact on how people think about TV'". Polygon. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
- Sweney, Mark (2013-08-15). "Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 remake for Xbox Live service". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
- "Xbox Execs Talk Momentum and the Future of TV". Microsoft. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
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