Although Microsoft confirmed it would shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios earlier this summer, the Santa Monica-based company may not be completely gone yet.
Xbox Entertainment Studios has been looking for a new home, and has been in preliminary talks with Warner Bros., sources told the Hollywood Reporter. If this potential deal goes through, XES would be a standalone entity under the Warner Bros. umbrella, but would also merge with Machinima, the video game -centric YouTube channel WB has a stake in.
Sources said that the deal is unlikely, and these preliminary talks are just that: preliminary talks. But, in the chance that a deal is struck, this could help reinvigorate Microsoft's efforts to bring quality TV content to its Xbox One console. Former CBS executive Nancy Tellem, who was originally chosen to oversee the project, remained on after company-wide layoffs, and has had extensive experience with TV lineups since 1997.
And despite Xbox head Phil Spencer's news about the studio's closing, much of the planned content remained on-track under Tellem's supervision. This includes the live-action portion of Quantum Break, Halo: Nightfall and Halo TV, the live-action series from Steven Spielberg. At Gamescom this week, Halo developer 343 Industries announced the Halo Channel, a hub for watching Halo: Nightfall, behind-the-scenes videos and gameplay previews on the Xbox One.
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