The first series confirmed for Facebook’s new TV streaming service, Watch, will be a 12-part docuseries based on the popular blog Humans of New York.
The show, which launches next week, follows Brandon Stanton (pictured), the creator of the website, as he talks to people on the streets of New York City.
Stanton began working on the project four years ago, has spent over 400 days filming and interviewed more than 1,200 people.
Humans of New York is one of the shows Facebook is funding for its new Watch tab, which is currently rolling out to users.
It was thought the service would launch with short-form videos before rolling out higher-end TV styles at a later date.
Early on I realized that video would add a deeper layer to Humans of New York. At the heart of all these posts are the conversations themselves. I’m often deeply moved by the people I meet. Or they make me laugh. Or they make me think. And I always do my best to recreate the experience through photos and words. But I always knew that video would provide the closest thing to ‘actually being there.’ So for the last four years, I’ve filmed 1200 interviews on the streets of New York. (With the help of an extremely talented cinematographer named Michael Crommett.) Instead of posting these videos one day at a time, I held onto them so that one day I could combine them into something special. My goal was not to make a television show based on Humans of New York. I wanted the television show to *be* Humans of New York. I think I came pretty close. And I think/hope you will love it. Humans of New York, the series, will premiere next week on Watch– Facebook’s new platform for shows.
Posted by Humans of New York on Thursday, August 24, 2017