For the last seven years, the personal blog called “Humans of New York” has been showcasing the wondrous and diverse people of our great city, and soon it will be a new docuseries on Facebook. “Humans of New York”, based on photographer Brandon Stanton’s popular blog, will debut on Facebook’s “The Watch” next week, with new episodes following each week.
The 12-episode series from Brandon will feature interviews with the same diverse subjects often featured on his popular blog, and will be a half-hour series executive produced by Julie Goldman, the Oscar-nominated documentary producer behind such films as Life, Animated and Weiner.
The new Facebook series will showcase conversations with strangers on the streets of New York City, collected from the work that Stanton almost four years ago. Since he started, Stanton has over 400 days of filming, and has interviewed more than 1,200 people. Goldman and her Motto Pictures production shingle teamed up with Stanton through mutual connections and was immediately struck by the material he had collected.
Stanton began “Humans of New York” in 2010 and has featured portraits and interviews of nearly 10,000 New Yorkers in the seven years since. The blog has also expanded into two New York Times best-selling books ($17 on Amazon) and a multiplatform social media presence. On Facebook alone, Humans of New York has more than 18 million followers. It also has a large Instagram presence, with 7 million followers.
“Humans of New York” is one of the handful of shows that Facebook is funding for its new Watch video tab, which it announced earlier this month. Watch is currently rolling out to Facebook’s 2 billion users and features a mix of short-form content — produced by video publishers such as Group Nine’s Thrillist and The Dodo and Vox Media — as well a handful of signature, funded projects that are longer in length. These include a competition series, Last State Standing, from American Ninja Warriors producer A. Smith and Co. and others.
“Humans of New York” will be available next week. New episodes will be released weekly. The Watch platform continues to roll out to users.