Xbox And UK Channel 4 Team Up For Television Miniseries

by Mike Futter on Apr 07, 2014 at 07:55 AM

Microsoft and Channel 4 have announced a partnership to develop an eight-part science fiction miniseries called Humans. The collaboration is part of the Xbox Entertainment Studios program headed by Nancy Tellem.

Humans is set in an alternate present day and focuses on a family that purchases a refurbished synthetic household assistant. The series is an English language adaptation of Real Humans, which ran on Swedish television in 2012.

The English version will be written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) and produced by Kudos, a UK production company. Xbox Entertainment Studios is also working on a previously announced Halo digital project and the excavation of the Atari E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial dump site. Humans will run on Xbox in North America and Channel 4 in the UK in 2015.

[Source: Xbox Wire]


Our Take
I’ve never been clear on the purpose and focus of Xbox Entertainment Studios, especially now that head of Xbox Phil Spencer is pushing a “games first” message. Sure, Halo programming and even game-related endeavors like the E.T. dig can be logically connected to the Xbox brand. But this show seems like a major departure for a division that is purportedly trying to win over gamers.