During a SXSW panel Friday, Hollywood bigwig Jeffrey Katzenberg and tech VIP Meg Whitman talked up Quibi, their upcoming streaming service for short-form video. The idea behind Quibi (for "quick bites") is to serve up for viewing on phones. And one of those shows will be Frat Boy Genius, a fictionalized portrait of Spiegel and the beginnings of Snapchat.
"We want to tell a story that is as compelling and interesting about the creation of Snapchat, and Evan's story, as said during the panel.was for Facebook," Katzenberg, a co-founder of Dreamworks,
Katzenberg and Whitman, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, expect Quibi to debut in April of next year, with plans to launch a new series every other Monday, Katzenberg said. Shows can have short, standalone episodes of about eight to 10 minutes, he said, or the short segments can be stitched together into longer, feature-length offerings.
Snap declined to comment.
Originally published March 9, 2:30 p.m. PT.
Update, 4:26 p.m.: Adds "no comment" from Snap.