Leadership Change May Signal Trouble for NBC Comedy Service Seeso

In January 2016, NBCUniversal and Comcast launched Seeso, a streaming service which hosts many of NBC’s comedy programs including Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The service also hosts several original series such as Amy Poehler’s The UCB Show, Dan Harmon’s HarmonQuest, and even classic comedy series such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Seeso currently costs just $3.99 a month, a bargain compared to other streaming services. Despite the value, the future of Sesso might be in jeopardy based on a recent leadership shake-up which has some analysts questioning how long the streaming service has to live.

When Seeso first launched, NBCUniversal tapped Evan Shapiro to head the comedy service. Shapiro served as Executive Vice President of the newly formed NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises and is the former president of IFC TV and Sundance Channel. With Shapiro’s departure, Seeso will now be operated under the umbrella of NBCUniversal’s digital enterprises run by Maggie Suniewick.

Already, rumors are swirling that the leadership change could suggest that Seeso is on the way out. While new programming will continue to be released through the end of 2017, some say the future of the service is unclear and might have even just been a case of NBCUniversal testing the over-the-top streaming service waters. When pressed for comment, NBCUniversal released only the following statement:

Evan has created a slate of remarkable comedy programming and put together an incredibly talented team. We’re proud of the work we’ve done together and wish him all the best.

Despite some of the big names behind Seeso’s original and licensed content, the service has struggled to build name recognition of its own and NBCUniversal has been accused of under-promoting the fledgling service. With the launch of Hulu’s new live TV service, however, NBCUniversal and Comcast will have no shortage of platforms for their programming. So long, Seeso, we hardly knew ye.

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