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Xbox Entertainment’s First Unscripted Series

Xbox Entertainment's first unscripted television series will be working out of HPC.
Xbox Entertainment’s first unscripted television series will be working out of HPC.

HPC News – HPC has opened its doors to a new tenant Red Card Productions as they work on an unscripted series with Xbox Entertainment Studios, Every Street United. Each episode of Every Street United will be shot in a different country and will focus on one undiscovered local street soccer player. In a finale episode, they will feature each of the top players as they play a soccer match against each other at the ultimate soccer destination, the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

Xbox’s original programming comes as the Xbox One console was unveiled in May and they announced their Halo-based drama series was to be produced by Steven Speilberg. Just as Halo will be based off of the wildly popular video game, Every Street United finds its base off of the popularity of sporting video games. Documentary filmmaker Jonathan Hock (ESPN’s 30 For 30) is attached to direct a portion of the series, which will be executive produced by Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach.

The reality show is expected to be shot in countries such as Spain, Holland, France Argentina, Brazil, Ghana and South Korea. The show will also be featuring a global interactive component when it eventually airs on Xbox.


You Can Now Watch TV on Twitter

Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo is in talks with NBCU and Comcast for the new "See It" feature.
Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo is in talks with NBCU and Comcast for the new “See It” feature.

NBCUniversal announced last month that they have partnered with Twitter to bring television to the booming social media platform. Expected to begin this month, Comcast engineers created a new feature that will be available to millions of Xfinity customers called “See It.” Twitter users will be able to access TV shows, movies, and sports directly from a tweet, which will give them the option to “See It.” In addition, customers can set their DVR or even buy theater tickets through Fandango. The technology will cover the various NBCU networks including NBC, CNBC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen and E!.

This partnership comes amid Twitter’s move towards being the social media platform for television. Twitter compliments the live viewing experience, which has lured Comcast into drawing up a deal. Comcast wants “See It” to be an instant online remote control, which they hope will get the audience even more engaged with what they are watching.

This partnership also brings to light a new forum for advertising. They are hoping that NBCU’s advertising clients will see the benefit of “See It” and lead them to expand their TV and digital sponsorships to Twitter. Comcast and Twitter are already in talks with distribution partners and television networks to use this “See It” feature to promote their content.


Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl

Bruno Mars will be performing at the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII Pepsi Halftime Show in February.
Bruno Mars will be performing at the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII Pepsi Halftime Show in February.

The Super Bowl halftime show has been the performance to watch every year, and the 2014 show is no different. It was recently announced that the Grammy award-winning pop singer Bruno Mars will be delivering the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show next February. The Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show is one of the most acclaimed musical performances, with both crazed football fans and non-fans alike tuning in to watch. Beyonce’s performance in 2013 was wildly popular, and had more than 110.5 million viewers watching. Other past performances have included Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and the controversial performance with Janet Jackson. The Super Bowl game is set to take place on Sunday, February 2, 2014 in New Jersey at the MetLife Stadium.

Bruno Mars is 27 years old and has been nominated for 14 Grammys and has sold over 115 million singles. His single, “Just The Way You Are” won him a Grammy for best male pop vocal performance in 2010, and in 2011 his hit single “Grenade” got him 3 Grammy nominations. Mars started his musical career as a writer and producer for other music artists, but in the past three years has succeeded in making a name for himself in the music industry.

The NFL season kicked off last week with the first match of the season between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos on Thursday. The season continued on with the first Sunday of football on September 8.