How Quibi CEO Meg Whitman Plans to Bring ‘Watercooler’ Shows to Mobile Video

“What I’m doing here reminds me of eBay in its earliest days. The consumer tech has changed a ton, but the fundamentals are the same around user experience and user interface,” Whitman tells TheWrap

Meg Whitman has reinvented herself time and again throughout a storied career that has spanned tech, entertainment and politics. Now, as chief executive officer of Quibi — the brainchild of Hollywood hitmaker Jeffrey Katzenberg — she seeks to reinvent how a generation watches short-form mobile video.

Quibi, short for “quick bites,” is set to launch in April 2020 and already has greenlit about two dozen shows from a who’s who of stars, including Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks, Don Cheadle, Stephen Curry, Anna Kendrick, Idris Elba, Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers, among others.

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

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