As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced last month, Microsoft decided to shut down the recently formed Xbox Entertainment Studios which was responsible for creating original programming for Xbox platform. CBS entertainment president Nancy Tellem was hired by Microsoft back in 2012 to lead these efforts and their recent production was “Every Street United” which was premiered on Xbox One during the world cup. There are about 12 projects currently in various stages of production. Hollywood reported today that XES is in discussions with Warner Bros. about possibly becoming a stand-alone entity based at the studio. If it happens, XES may become part of Machinima, the video game-centric YouTube network in which Warner Bros. has already invested it. A Warner Bros. spokeswoman said that the studio is “constantly having preliminary discussions regarding business opportunities with numerous companies at any given time. A conversation is just that — a conversation.” Hollywood Reporter says that ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on lots of original content in Xbox Entertainment Studios for Xbox One users. Even though none of them got released to users, we saw various reports on them. Today, Deadline reported that Microsoft is working on a half-hour series based on the life of Illmatic album creator Nas. As Nas marks the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, a half-hour series project loosely based on his life as a hip hop artist in the 1990s is getting off the ground with a deal at Xbox Entertainment Studios. Titled Street Dreams, the project, from Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell Electric City Entertainment (The Place Beyond The Pines), is set in the 1990s in Long Island’s Queensbridge housing complex, where Nas grew up, and takes a look at music,  family and the trials and tribulations of the rap game. Street Dreams is being ...

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