You’ve probably heard of Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s latest venture, Quibi, by now. Quibi (a portmanteau of “quick bites”), set to launch in April 2020, will house serialized scripted and unscripted content as well as news and sports. “It will release fresh excerpts of content daily, to be watched during pockets of free time as people stand in line for coffee or find a dull moment in their day. Once content is on the service, users can access it whenever they want. It’s not appointment viewing, though it’s not binge TV either,” reports Variety. The company has raised $1 billion from investors including Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, WarnerMedia, Lionsgate, MGM, ITV and Entertainment One.
Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman have already announced a slew of projects from partners including Guillermo del Toro, Antoine Fuqua, Sam Raimi, Jason Blum, Steven Soderbergh, Catherine Hardwick, Anna Kendrick, Doug Liman, Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media. Steven Spielberg is creating “After Dark,” a horror series users will be able to watch only between sundown and sunrise local time, and Quibi also has ordered shows featuring Tyra Banks, Chrissy Teigen, Don Cheadle and Idris Elba as well as a remake of MTV’s “Punk’d.”
In preparation of the company’s launch, Dodge students produced sample content for Quibi to test their new technology.
Kate Lilly (BFA, Film Production) ’12, who works on the content team at Quibi, contacted Professors Barbara Doyle and Scott Arundale to assemble student interns to produce three films under five minutes–one documentary, one comedy and one drama.
Dodge undergraduate and graduate students wrote, directed and produced all three clips. Professor Scott Arundale assumed the role of a supervisor and executive producer, to oversee students who were writing, directing, producing and editing deliverables for Quibi.
This is the latest opportunity extended to Dodge College students for hands-on work and real-world experience that prepares students for internships and jobs in the industry.