Another step towards success, Jay Z’s Tidal will launch original programming. Tidal, the streaming-music subscription service launched by Jay Z, is now expanding its content mix to include original scripted and unscripted programming.
The company has ordered two new series: Brooklyn street-life drama “Money & Violence” season 2 (pictured above), with new episodes slated to premiere in January; and “No Small Talk,” a series profiling up-and-coming comedians, which bows Nov. 3.
Tidal already offers a selection of exclusive video content, including more than 70 music videos, short films and on-demand videos of past livestreams. That’s in addition to the core offering of some 36 million songs and 86,000 music vids.
Tidal ordered season 2 of “Money & Violence” after creator and star Moise Verneau self-funded the first series and uploaded it to YouTube, where the show gained a following. The 12-episode second season will be available exclusively on Tidal on for one week prior to wider distribution. Currently, Tidal offers all episodes of “Money & Violence” season 1 plus exclusive access to extras and commentary.
The urban drama centers on a group of thieves and drug dealers in Flatbush – “people society would label as the bad guys,” Verneau said – to provide a realistic look at daily life in the community. “It was a project of passion,” said Verneau. “This was something I put forward because I thought there was a voice missing for the younger generation.”