Funny or Die and BBC Online in content talks
Tim Clark23 April 2010
Funny or Die UK, the British version of the popular comedy video website is in production talks with BBC Comedy.
According to satellite TV magazine C21 the deal is set to give the web channel a production budget to supply content to the BBC Comedy Extra channel.
The move comes after similar agreements in the U.S. between Funny or Die and cable channel HBO and is the first since the BBC committed to reducing its online budget – approximately £133m – by a third by 2013.
Funny Or Die was setup by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay in 2007 is an online comedy video website which allows visitors to vote on user-generated video clips which they think are funny. The videos which become popular are featured more prominently on the site while
those doomed 'to die' are moved to an archive folder on the site.
The UK website is joint-owned by Hat Trick Productions and fronted by Little Britain duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
BBC Comedy Extra already hosts some of the BBC’s best comedy archive including Red Dwarf and Only Fools and Horses as well as Mitchell and Webb and Stewart Lee.
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