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Facebook looks to New Yorkers for its streaming aspirations

Facebook looks to New Yorkers for its streaming aspirations

The Humans of NY series will consist of 12 30-minute episodes, collecting more than 400 days-worth of filming and interviews with over 1,200 people. It will premiere on Facebook's brand new video platform, Facebook Watch, next week-and if the trailer's any indication, a lot more of the blog's signature sweetness comes through when you can hear people speak.

Since 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton has sought to catalogue the inhabitants of New York City using portraits and interviews hosted on his photo blog.

Humans of New York Trailer from Brandon Stanton on Vimeo. The episodes are slated to come out weekly. At the heart of all these posts are the conversations themselves.

He noted how he always did his best to "recreate the experience through photos or words". "But I always knew that video would provide the closest thing to 'actually being there'".

Humans of NY, a blog that features photos and short as-told-to biographies of everyday people, is getting its own TV show on Facebook's Watch platform, CNBC reported. "Facebook has had a huge role in the creation of Humans of New York", Stanton told The Hollywood Reporter. 'I wanted the television show to *be* Humans of NY. On Facebook alone, Humans of NY has more than 18 million followers. Julie Goldman, who recently shared a different kind of NY saga in her zany documentary Weiner, will produce the Humans of NY adaptation.

Stanton says he started working on the project about four years ago and has interviewed more than 1,200 people after at least 400 days of filming. "It seemed to be a natural evolution to do some interviews on film", he says, adding that the people featured in the series will be new to the Humans of NY universe. But, what good is a new video platform without a stocked lineup of programming? These include a competition series, Last State Standing, from American Ninja Warriors producer A. Smith and Co. and others.

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