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HBO buys into Funny or Die - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Jun 11th 2008 12:22PM

Funny Or Die - Will FerrellThis one caught me a little bit by surprise. If you had told me the Funny Or Die guys were getting a TV show, I would have guessed Comedy Central, TBS, VH1, or something like that. Instead, HBO has ponied up the dollars to buy a stake in the company. HBO's interest is believed to be less than 10% of the company, but it also comes with an order for ten half hour episodes.

The deal came about thanks to the relationship built when HBO worked with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay on the upcoming series Eastbound And Down. It went well enough that the network was looking for more projects to work on with the group. It's unclear just what form Funny Or Die will take on HBO. Ferrell talks about keeping their options open, suggesting that it could be "... anything from a funny offbeat talk show to a maybe more-traditional-type sitcom to a show with puppets". The only clue being that they want to keep the new show in the same family of comedy as what they have presented on the website. An example of that comedy is embedded, after the jump.

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Hollywood stuff is all about tanking for extended periods of time until something works. I expect to see picnic face involved in this....

June 12 2008 at 7:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brooks Williams

I read in Newsweek that sites like FunnyorDie are tanking when it comes to making money -- why would HBO buy into this?

June 11 2008 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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