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Yahoo, working with Broadway Video (a company founded by SNL creator Lorne Michaels), is developing an archive consisting of 38 years’ worth of Saturday Night Live clips. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced the project on her blog recently.
“Blues Brothers, the Coneheads, Church Chat, Wayne’s World, Coffee Talk, Pat, the Hanukkah Song – the list of tremendous clips goes on and on. Saturday Night Live has pervaded and defined our culture for decades,” she wrote.
Under the deal, all other streaming services and online sources will have to remove their SNL content, as the Yahoo hub (scheduled to launch on September 1) will be the exclusive home for SNL for a year. After that year, the content will once again apparently be open to all streaming services.
The content on the service will include clips from the 1975/1976 season through the 2012/13 season. Some musical performances will be included, as well rehearsal clips and behind-the-scenes videos.
“This deal will ensure that SNL clips from past and future seasons will be even more accessible to fans across all generations,” said Jack Sullivan, CEO of Broadway Video.