As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced few months back, Microsoft has shut down the recently formed Xbox Entertainment Studios which was responsible for creating original programming for Xbox platform. CBS entertainment president Nancy Tellem was hired by Microsoft back in 2012 to lead these efforts and their recent production was “Every Street United” which was premiered on Xbox One during the world cup. There are about 12 projects currently in various stages of production.
As part of the third round of lay-offs announced yesterday, Studio chief Nancy Tellem and VP Jordan Levin will leave Microsoft along with handful of others who had
remained with the company to help existing projects. Microsoft considered selling the studio, but the plans didn’t materialize.
Digital series Halo: Nightfall will be released in November as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Steven Spielberg-produced Halo television series is also on the way. The spokeswoman says XES is committed to airing two documentaries — Atari: Game Over and The Thread — that were produced for what was meant to be a larger documentary series produced by Lightbox.
Microsoft commented the following,
“Nancy and Jordan were key members and visionaries for the XES team, and we thank them for their leadership and many contributions.”
Source: Hollywood Reporter