By Sahil Patel
Called F-Comedy, the studio will produce short-form comedy content for “a young, multicultural audience that could be developed into other formats including long-form comedy series, comedy news-talk shows, and more,” Fusion said.
F-Comedy will work with a range of comedy partners on content, including comedy YouTube stars as well as established and emerging writers and performers from the Upright Citizens Brigade (a comedy troupe and theatre community founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, and Matt Besser), New York-based stand-up comedy club The Stand, and WIT.tv.
As part of a deal with YouTube, F-Comedy will have a production residency at YouTube Space LA, giving the studio and its creative partners access to the lot’s equipment, stages, post-production facilities, educational programs, and more. As a result, shorts produced by F-Comedy will premiere on its new YouTube channel, with Fusion promising to feature the content across its other social, digital, and over-the-top platforms, and cable network.
3 Arts Entertainment will advise F-Comedy. The firm’s comedy resume includes producing TV series like “Silicon Valley,” “Broad City,” and “Parks & Recreation,” as well repping talent such as Louis CK, Amy Poehler, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Tina Fey, and Mindy Kaling.
While F-Comedy is Fusion’s first significant push on comedy content made for the web, it’s already active in the genre on its cable network. Series include the topical series “No, You Shut Up!” which is hosted by Paul F. Tompkins and “The Chris Gethard Show,” which originally aired online and on local public-access television in New York.
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