‘Lean Back’: Facebook Looks to Woo Viewers and Brands With TV-Like Content

Facebook wants users to "lean back." No, that's not the sequel to Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In"; it's how people watch TV, unlike the way they scroll through the News Feed. For months, Facebook has been talking to its biggest media and publishing partners to introduce TV-worthy programming to the social network. Last week, names of new reality and scripted shows were reported in The Hollywood Reporter -- the competition series "Last State Standing" and the comedy "Loosely Exactly Nicole," late of MTV. Now, Facebook is talking to brands about how video will evolve on the network, from low-quality, user-generated clips to TV-quality offerings that viewers sit back to watch, according to advertisers and media partners. Facebook hopes people will tune in to shows and watch for longer periods of time, rather than just stumble upon videos in the News Feed and quickly swipe away. Continue reading at AdAge.com

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