Seeso

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Seeso
Two words, "See" and "So" capitalized and on top of one another, slanted in a top-right angle.
Type of site
Subsidiary
Founded January 7, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-01-07)
Headquarters United States
Owner NBCUniversal
Services
Website seeso.com
Current status Inactive

Seeso was an over-the-top subscription streaming service owned by Comcast through NBCUniversal,[1][2] launched on January 7, 2016 and closed on November 8, 2017. It provided comedy content such as original and broadcast television shows.

History[edit]

On December 2, 2014, entrepreneur Evan Shapiro joined NBCUniversal as the Executive Vice President of the newly formed NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group after his job from Pivot[3] to work on a digital project for the division.

On October 15, 2015, Seeso was officially announced with certain titles in its library.[4] On December 3, Seeso was launched in an open beta that lasted from December 3, 2015 towards January 6, 2016.[5] Seeso was officially launched the day after.[6]

On September 30, 2016, Seeso announced its first event called the "Stand-Up Streaming Fest", in which a title of comedy content will become available within a week, bringing a total of 12 specials for 12 weeks.[7]

On May 3, 2017, Evan Shapiro announced his departure from the company.[why?] He was replaced by Maggie Suniewick, president of NBCU digital enterprises.[8]

On August 9, 2017, Seeso announced via its Facebook page that the service would be shutting down by the end of 2017.[9][why?]

On November 8, 2017, Seeso shut down its streaming service.[10]

Content[edit]

Seeso offered comedy shows, including Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Office (UK), Parks and Recreation, The Kids in the Hall, Fancy Boy, and Monty Python.

In addition to licensed content, Seeso also released original programming including comedy sketch series The UCB Show (featuring Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh), the animated/live-action comedy series HarmonQuest about a fantasy world created by role-playing then animated (Pathfinder or Dungeons & Dragons) from Dan Harmon, the creator of Community and Rick and Morty, the reality-satire Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, The Cyanide & Happiness Show,[11] a stand up series called Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, a stand up comedy show specializing in comedians performing unscripted crowd work hosted by Big Jay Oakerson called What's Your F@%king Deal?!, the sitcom Take My Wife, from Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito,[1] and the comedy-advice show My Brother, My Brother and Me, based on the podcast of the same name by the McElroy Brothers.[12]

Approximately coinciding with the August announcement of Seeso's impending shutdown, four of its originals – The Cyanide & Happiness Show, HarmonQuest, Hidden America with Jonah Ray, and My Brother, My Brother and Me were removed and transferred to the VRV streaming service.[13] There's... Johnny!, a sitcom which had been produced for Seeso but not yet aired, was transferred to Hulu.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Friedlander, Whitney (December 9, 2015). "NBCUniversal's Seeso Finalizes Launch Date, Comedy Slate". Variety. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  2. ^ Spangler, Todd (October 15, 2015). "NBCU Sets 'Seeso' Comedy Subscription VOD Channel Launch". Variety. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (2 December 2014). "Evan Shapiro Joins NBCUniversal as Exec VP of Digital Enterprises". Variety. Retrieved 10 October 2016 – via Penske Media Corporation.
  4. ^ Bishop, Bryan (15 October 2015). "NBC's SeeSo is a $3.99 streaming service built just for comedy". The Verge. Retrieved 10 October 2016 – via Penske Media Corporation.
  5. ^ Newman, Jared (17 December 2015). "A closer look at SeeSo, NBC's streaming-video service for comedy geeks". TechHive. Retrieved 10 October 2016 – via International Data Group.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (9 December 2015). "NBC's Streaming Comedy Channel Seeso Sets Launch Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 October 2016 – via Penske Media Corporation.
  7. ^ "Seeso's "Stand-up Streaming Fest" to bring 12 new stand-up specials in 12 weeks". TheLaughButton!. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (2017-05-03). "Evan Shapiro Exits As Head Of NBCUniversal's Seeso Streaming Service". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  9. ^ https://www.facebook.com/seesotv/posts/1972813589628344
  10. ^ http://www.seeso.com
  11. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (October 15, 2015). "NBCUniversal to Launch Comedy Streaming Service Seeso". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  12. ^ Barsanti, Sam (January 25, 2017). "The McElroys take TV in this exclusive clip from My Brother, My Brother And Me". AVclub.com. Onion Inc. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  13. ^ Wright, Megh (August 9, 2017). "Seeso Confirms It's Shutting Down Later This Year". Splitsider.com. The Awl. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  14. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/johnny-review-1058927

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