Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's new mobile short-form streaming service Quibi was looking to make a big impact at this year's Sundance Film Festival, so they made sure they didn't show up empty-handed. On Friday, the pair took the stage to let the media and attendees know more about the service – and brought along some powerful names, announcements, and series reveals to offer just a sample of just some of programming still to come when the series debuts on April 6th.
One of those shows is the reboot of MTV mainstay Punk'd, with Grammy-winner Chance the Rapper taking over hosting/"prank ringmaster" responsibilities from Ashton Kutcher this time around. While no premiere date was revealed, the streaming service did release an official announcement teaser (see below) for the MTV Studios co-produced project. This new edition of Punk'd joins the upcoming reboot of popular dating competition series Singled Out, with actress Keke Palmer and comedian Joel Kim Booster set to host.
"Punk'd is one of MTV's most iconic franchises. I grew up watching this show and it's surreal to be in the driver's seat this time around on Quibi."
– Chance the Rapper
Director Veena Sud (The Stranger), Emmy winner Lena Waithe (EP, You Ain't Got These), and Kaitlin Olson (Flipped) were also on hand during Quibi's Sundance presentation to discuss their respective projects and working with Quibi, as well as preview what's ahead.
Quibi is set to have over 175 original shows and 8,500 "quick bites" of content, ranging from comedies and dramas to news and reality series – all set in a three-tier structure: features, episodic, and "Daily Essentials." Quibi looks to deliver content that spans over several, 7-10 minute segments – with 35 of the upcoming shows being movies broken up into chapters. Expect more information on the serive to begin rolling out more and more during the weeks leading up to Quibi's April debut.