11:40am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Layoffs Hit Seeso as Future of NBCU's Streamer Hangs in the Balance
Seeso is undergoing a major change.
The NBCUniversal comedy streamer is laying off a portion of its staff as the SVOD service's business model is being re-evaluated by executives in charge. The news comes a month after Seeso's head Evan Shapiro exited his post, leaving NBCUniversal president digital enterprises Maggie Suniewick to take over his responsibilities.
Some of the staffers affected by the layoffs have been reassigned to different roles within NBCUniversal's digital enterprises division, which Seeso falls under. There's been speculation for some time that the streaming service would be exiting the original programming sphere to focus more on existing NBC programming, though sources say that no decision has been made yet as execs are still discussing the matter.
The $3.99 a month service first launched in January 2016 in an attempt to offer next-day streaming of NBC comedy fare including Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In addition, Seeso acquired other programs such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus and developed its own originals (Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher's Take My Wife, for instance).
Seeso’s originals roster also includes Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, which recently premiered its third season and has been renewed for a fourth. Scheduled to debut later this summer is There’s… Johnny! from Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon, the second season of Harmonquest and the series premiere of Flula Borg’s hybrid comedy Flulanthropy.