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HBO Labs, the new media offshoot of the pay cable network, has signed Michael Buckley, creator of the popular What the Buck? show on YouTube, to a development deal. We learned about the new arrangement during a recent trip to HBO Labs. Buckley declined to be […]

HBO Labs, the new media offshoot of the pay cable network, has signed Michael Buckley, creator of the popular What the Buck? show on YouTube, to a development deal. We learned about the new arrangement during a recent trip to HBO Labs.

Buckley declined to be interviewed for this post, but confirmed the following (scant) details: The deal is for both TV and web-related content, and it neither involves What the Buck? nor will end up being a newsy, vlogger-like show similar to the original show. Apparently HBO was more interested in developing original concepts with Buckley that featuring a fictional story arc.

Buckley’s What the Buck? show is an entertainment news show fueled almost entirely by his energetic personality. According to Buckley, the show has more than 239,000 subscribers, with episodes racking up more than 80 million views.

HBO Labs is an arm of the network that’s been tasked with creating content that can run on multiple platforms, including mobile and oldteevee. Two online HBO Labs series already up are Elevator, a comedy that takes place in a — you guessed it — elevator, and Man in the Box, an office comedy. Additionally, the Lab has produced the viral videos The Great Office War and One Semester of Spanish – Love Song.

  1. [...] to NewTeeVee, Buckley’s deal with HBO doesn’t include the show, but will instead see Buckley [...]

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  2. This guy is really irritating… I don’t know how he get along with women because he talk more than them, and that is phenomenon. As I said, he looks like geek but not smart one because of too many speaking pointless words.

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  3. Ars, he’s gay and married.

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  4. [...] que decía que me ha llamado la atención es un comentario de Buckley, el cuál, después de firmar un acuerdo de colaboración con HBO, dijo lo siguiente: “I feel YouTube is my home. I think the biggest mistake that any of us [...]

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  5. [...] coming from an ad sharing arrangement he has with YouTube. Matt is now exploring the possibility of doing a show with HBO. But he thinks that people who have cut their teeth in the online space should not abandon the [...]

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  6. He is really annoying but good on him for getting a job off youtube.

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  7. [...] and Elevator as well as sketch comedy bits. Richman did not mention future plans for HBOlabs’ Michael Buckley development deal or the YouTube-stars-as-actors show Hooking Up, though he said all remaining HBOlabs assets had [...]

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  8. [...] and Elevator as well as sketch comedy bits. Richman did not mention future plans for HBOlabs’ Michael Buckley development deal or the YouTube-stars-as-actors show Hooking Up, though he said all remaining HBOlabs assets had [...]

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  9. Not even funny. Good thing HBO’s True Blood Season 2 is out!

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  10. Not sure why HBO is wasting there time with this.

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