YouTube Red buys its first big TV series

YouTube Red, Google’s paid video streaming service, has purchased its first big-budget television series, reports The New York Times. The show will be called Step Up, and it’s based on the Channing Tatum dance drama franchise of the same name. Lionsgate, which produced the franchise’s fourth and fifth iterations, will deliver a 10-episode season with each episode running 45 minutes in length. Tatum is onboard as an executive producer, and the show is said to resemble the first film in the series with a setting at a performing arts high school.

While the choice may sound seemingly out of left field, it does mark YouTube’s first foray into expensive, Hollywood-caliber original programming. Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of…

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