YouTube unveiled its first YouTube Red originals on Wednesday, a set of four series and films from creators who have already amassed large online audiences. YouTube Red is the platform’s new ad-free subscription service the company announced in October. The programs will debut on February 10.
As expected, they include familiar personalities like PewDiePie and Lily Singh. “The diverse, dynamic creators behind these films have already built massive audiences on YouTube, rivaling many cable shows. With YouTube Red Originals, we want to help them tell bigger and bolder stories that delight you, their fans,” said Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s Global Head of Original Content in a blog post.
Interestingly, three quarters of the first batch are feature-length movies. Here’s a look at the first batch of series for YouTube Red:
“A Trip to Unicorn Island” is a movie that follows Lilly Singh as she goes on a 26-city global tour preaching that happiness is the only thing worth fighting for. It comes from digital content studio Astronauts Wanted. AwesomenessTV’s feature film “Dance Camp” looks at discovering yourself through the power of dance. The third film is called “Lazer Team” and is an action-comedy from production company Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films about a four-person motley crew that finds an alien ship with a mystery cargo—and the adventurous battle that ensues. Lastly, the lone series in the bunch is “Scare PewDiePie” as the YouTuber encounters situations that frighten him that are inspired by his favorite video games. It’s from the creator and executive producers of “The Walking Dead” at Skybound Entertainment and Maker Studios.