Entertainment Chance the Rapper to Host 'Punk'd' Revival at Quibi
Quibi's secret weapon: Videos that work in portrait and landscape mode
What the heck is Quibi? That's the question I've been asking myself over the past year, as the Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded streaming video company steadily amassed a whopping one billion dollars in funding. We've seen notable names like Steven Spielberg and Guillermo del Toro signing up to make very short shows (up to 10 minutes) for the service, even though it didn't sound very different from other similar offerings (RIP Go90). What did all of Quibi's supporters know that we didn't?Today at the company's CES keynote, we finally learned about its killer feature: Turnstyle, a patent-pending technology that lets you easily switch between portrait and landscape view
Quibi's revival of Punk'd has found its host.
Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper will take over the director's chair for the updated version of the hidden-camera show. The show, from MTV Studios, will be reimagined for a new generation of viewers and available in episodes of 10 minutes or less, in keeping with Quibi's M.O. of offering bite-sized content.
"Punk’d is one of MTV’s most iconic franchises,” said Chance. "I grew up watching this show, and it’s surreal to be in the driver's seat this time around on Quibi."
Celebrity "marks" for the show will be announced later, although Megan Thee Stallion is featured in a short preview clip for the series (watch it below). Quibi, which is set to launch on April 6, has yet to reveal premiere dates for any of its more than 50 original series.
CES 2020 gave a glimpse into short form streaming service Quibi
The upcoming mobile streaming service also wants to update the way storytellers think about structuring and filming their stories. “We really did have to rethink our approach to production and find a very unique set of best practices for shooting from both the phone’s perspective and the cinema camera’s perspective,” Zach Wechter, director on the Quibi series Wireless, told the Hollywood Reporter. In some cases, directors are shooting scenes twice. Writers are concocting scenes with that in mind. While not a mandate, Quibi executives encourage its storytellers to experiment.
Punk'd is one of two former MTV shows that landed new versions at Quibi as part of MTV Studios' effort to monetize the ViacomCBS cable network's large library. The other Quibi show, a Tinder-era update of Singled Out, will be hosted by. MTV Studios also has an updated version of The Real World at Facebook Watch and recently launched MTV Documentary Films under the leadership of long-time HBO executive .
Punk'd comes from STX Television in association with MTV Studios. Jason Goldberg, who co-created the original series with Ashton Kutcher, executive produces the revival.
Quibi's shows will feature episodes of no more than 10 minutes, alongside short daily news and sports programs. The service aims to offer three hours of new content each day, with users paying $5 per month for a version with ads or $8 to go ad-free.
CES 2020 recap: It's a wrap!
CES can be predictable, but what devices blindsided us in 2020? The Vision S EV did because Sony isn't known for building cars. While meant to show off Sony's automotive tech chops, it was far more practical than other CES concept cars (*cough* Mercedes AVTR). Another delightful surprise was Samsung's Ballie, a rolling robot meant to capture our hearts like Star Wars' BB-8 droid. Samsung has grand plans for Ballie as a home assistant, fitness coach and even safety monitor, but all it really did at CES was, well, roll. Finally, we got to see the killer feature of the streaming service Quibi.
Watch the Punk'd teaser below.
Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel joins Kevin Hart's Quibi action series Die Hart .
Nathalie Emmanuel is heading from the fantasy kingdom of Westeros to another mystical land with an intriguing name: Quibi. © Provided by Entertainment Weekly Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images; Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images The Game of Thrones and, more relevantly, Fast & Furious star is joining Kevin Hart’s action-comedy series Die Hart for the short-form streaming service. The show follows the comedian, playing himself, on a quest to become a leading-man action star.