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Netflix is licensing two recent films made by YouTube stars, in what appears to be a bid to appeal to teenagers. 'Smosh: The Movie' (made by comedy duo Smosh) and 'Bad Night' (by Jenn McAllister and Lauren Luthringshausen) will hit the service soon.

The streaming service is trying to attract younger viewers, a demographic who are more likely to look online for entertainment than switch on the TV.

"We want shows or movies that a particular demographic is going to love. It's not a one-size-fits-all thing," Erik Barmack, Netflix's video president for global independent content told the New York Times.

"In the on-demand world, there isn't a place where there is lots of great scripted shows and movies that are catering to that audience. That is both an opportunity and a challenge."

Netflix also picked up the rights to 'Lost & Found Music Studios', a half-hour series about a group of young musicians; 'Degrassi: Next Class', about teenage issues, such as homophobia, racism and substance abuse; and 'Fuller House', the sequel to '90s sitcom 'Full House'.

There's no word on when these will hit the streaming service, or if they will reach UK viewers.


New York Times

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