BuzzFeed Motion Pictures’ plot to take over the world of digital video is coming along well. Comedian and BFMP producer Quinta Brunson has now sold two series — one for YouTube Red, and another for Verizon’s go90, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
Brunson, 26, created both series and will serve as their star and writer, as well. Brunson is one of seven “development partners,” creators chosen by BFMP to spearhead the studio’s efforts to break into Hollywood. These seven partners have an exclusive two-year deal to create content for BFMP.
Brunson’s “Broke” is an 11-episode scripted comedy about friends (played by Maurice Williams and Paul Dupree) who’ve recently graduated from college and are, well, broke. It will debut on YouTube Red on Sept. 28.
“Adopted,” Brunson’s second series, is a single-camera comedy that takes place in a pet adoption clinic, where four women meet every Saturday to volunteer. It will start shooting this fall, for an exclusive run on Verizon’s go90.
YouTube Red is Google’s $9.99-a-month subscription service that lets you watch YouTube videos without ads and stream music from Google Music, and offers exclusive original series like “Broke” to its subscribers.
Go90 is Verizon’s free, ad-supported video streaming app, featuring originals from studios like Warner Bros. and syndicated content from Verizon-owned entities like AOL. BFMP produces two other series for go90 right now: “Relationship Goals” and “Modern Sex.”
In addition to “Broke” and “Adopted,” BFMP has sold two other series: “Am I Doing This Right?” from development partner Kelsey Darragh, for Comcast’s Watchable service; and “Squad Wars,” a reality competition series from BuzzFeed’s Try Guys, to YouTube Red.
“Working with YouTube to create big, global shows makes perfect sense to us,” Matthew Henick, BFMP’s head of development, said in a statement. “Our talent has been building loyal fanbases on the platform for years.”