Reddit Launches Three-Episode Original Series

by Christopher Freeburn | March 19, 2013 11:19 am

Reddit logo 300x100 Reddit Launches Three Episode Original Series[1]Social website Reddit is making a limited foray into the original content game[2].

The online community has produced its own web series funded by Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG[3]) YouTube, called Explain Like I’m Five, based on the its social/political issue question and answer section. The first three episodes debuted on Monday, The Hollywood Reporter notes.

In the episodes, actors appear before children in a classroom discussing issues including the Syrian uprising, Friedrich Nietzsche and the stock market. At the end of the episodes, viewers are directed toward an educational charity.

A Reddit official noted that the series — of which only three episodes have been made — is aimed at prompting its users to make and post their own videos that draw from the website’s content. The Explain Like I’m Five section of Reddit’s website sees about 4 million visits per month.

In February, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT[4]) co-founder Bill Gates entertained questions from Reddit users on a wide range of topics[5].

A number online media providers have begun creating their own original programming. Last month, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX[6]) announced a partnership with DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ:DWA[7]) to develop new animated shows aimed at children[8].

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Reddit_logo.jpg
  2. a limited foray into the original content game: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/reddit-debuts-original-web-mini-429363
  3. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  4. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  5. questions from Reddit users on a wide range of topics: http://investorplace.com/2013/02/bill-gates-gets-personal-on-reddit/
  6. NFLX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NFLX
  7. DWA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DWA
  8. to develop new animated shows aimed at children: http://investorplace.com/2013/02/netflix-and-dreamworks-to-create-original-kids-show/

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