Roku May Join the Streaming Wars With Original TV Shows and Movies

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Roku might be preparing to produce its own original TV shows and movies. 

The company is perhaps best known for TV dongles, and bringing Netflix and other streaming channels to smart TVs. However, Roku recently posted a job opening for a “lead production attorney” to develop “original episodic and feature length productions.”

The job posting, which was first reported on by Protocol, goes on to say the attorney will draft and negotiate agreements to “hire writers, actors, directors and individual producers.” 

The Roku job posting

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The job posting appears after Roku last month announced it was buying the rights for all the TV shows that appeared on Quibi, the now-shuttered streaming service for smartphones. All the content for Quibi is slated to live exclusively on the Roku Channel, the company’s own ad-supported free streaming channel. 

Roku didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. But the company may be looking

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Oliver Taylor, a student at England’s University of Birmingham, is a twenty-something with brown eyes, light stubble, and a slightly stiff smile.

Online profiles describe him as a coffee lover and politics junkie who was raised in a traditional Jewish home. His half dozen freelance editorials and blog posts reveal an active interest in anti-Semitism and Jewish affairs, with bylines in the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel.

The catch? Oliver Taylor seems to be an elaborate fiction.

His university says it has no record of him. He has no obvious online footprint beyond an account on the question-and-answer site Quora, where he was active for two days in March. Two newspapers that published his work say they have tried and failed to confirm his identity. And experts in deceptive imagery used state-of-the-art forensic analysis programs to determine that Taylor’s profile photo is a hyper-realistic forgery – a “deepfake.”

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