360 Video Marketplace to get original shows

Hollywood producer to bring ten-minute video shows to Xbox Live in autumn

Xbox Live Video Marketplace is set to receive original video shows from Hollywood producer Peter Safran, according to the New York Times.

The producer says that the shows will be around ten minutes long, scripted (i.e. not Big Brother 360) and will be part of a genre that appeals to 14-34 year-old males. We'll look forward to Halo Jackass, then.

Safran is responsible for rubbish big screen flicks Meet the Spartans and Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, though hopefully he'll fare better on Microsoft's digital distribution service than he did in the cinema.

The US is set to get the shows this autumn, but Europe's not likely to see them (if at all) until some time after.

But if all that doesn't get you excited, Microsoft promises it's only the beginning of a line of original video content on Xbox Live: "We definitely look at this as the first of many," said Xbox Live marketing man Scott Nocas.

Do enough people use Video Marketplace to warrant decent original content? Surely this is going to be sub-Channel 5 tripe...?