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YouTube commissions Sinking Ship series

Created by J.J. Johnson and shot entirely on webcams and smartphones, Locked Down is part of a slate of quick-turnaround programming launching in May.
April 24, 2020

YouTube Originals has commissioned a scripted confinement-focused series from Sinking Ship as part of a slate of originals set to launch in May.

Locked Down (working title), shot on webcam and smartphone, follows a group of bored teens who team up online to solve a mystery involving one of their neighbours. The series unfolds,”almost in real-time as the friend group works togetherfrom a distanceto solve the mystery, while also exploring their own anxieties and frustrations about life during a pandemic,” according to the series description.

Created by Sinking Ship principal J.J. Johnson, the series is currently in pre-production.

The Google-owned platform said in a statement that its upcoming programming slate aims to “inspire kids’ curiosity, creativity, resourcefulness and resiliency during these unusual times.”

YouTube also picked up new series from some of its biggest creators, including The Creator Games from MrBeast, The Secret Life of Lele Pons and an untitled project from two of LatAm’s top creators Juanpa and Luisito Project.

The greenlights come as broadcasters and streaming platforms across the world look for fast-turnaround programming that is relevant to locked-down audiences, and can keep content pipelines refreshed at a time when traditional production has stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Internationally, YouTube usage has surged since shelter-in-place rules were implemented, putting a significant strain on bandwidth demands in many countries across the world including Canada. Last month, YouTube lowered its default video quality to standard definition to conserve bandwidth.

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