Meta, an American technology company, is shutting down its Facebook Watch originals group, which includes the popular show « Red Table Talk » hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith. The move is part of the company’s cost-cutting measures, which also includes cutting 10,000 jobs across the company. Meta’s entertainment team will now focus on creating virtual-reality experiences in Meta Horizon Worlds that can be accessed across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. Mina Lefevre, head of development and programming for the group, is leaving the company as a result of the shutdown.
Facebook Watch’s originals started with a mix of scripted and unscripted shows, but the company shifted entirely to unscripted fare in recent years. Its current shows include « Red Table Talk » and Steve Harvey’s talk show « Steve on Watch. » Other Facebook Watch shows shepherded by Lefevre included docuseries-style shows from Gen Z star JoJo Siwa, Yara Shahidi, and Becky G. Westbrook Studios, which produces « Red Table Talk, » is said to be looking for a new distributor now that the Facebook Watch deal is done.
Meta’s entertainment content is now centered on Meta Horizon Worlds, a free app for the Meta Quest VR headsets. The company has launched VR specials and series, including « The Notorious B.I.G. Sky’s The Limit: A VR Concert Experience, » « The Shaq’tacular Spectacular, » and « Surrounded, » Meta’s first VR comedy special produced by Just for Laughs. Meta’s shutdown of Facebook Watch originals comes after other tech companies have similarly retreated.
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