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The week in OTT: Netflix picks up documentary; NBC News mulls streaming service

The week in over-the-top provides a recap of recent news related to streaming initiatives in the U.S. from various networks and platforms.

* Netflix Inc. picked up original documentary series "Bobby Kennedy For President." The series directed by Dawn Porter will premiere on the streaming service April 27, according to a March 16 news release.

* Netflix green-lighted "Travelers" for a third season. The sci-fi drama series will start shooting its third season this month in Vancouver, British Columbia, the company said March 15.

* Comcast Corp.'s NBC News is considering launching a stand-alone streaming service, Variety reported March 14. "We want to do this and I think we've got to open that door," NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said. While Lack did not give a time frame for a launch, he suggested the service could roll out in 2018.

* ESPN (US) green-lighted an untitled documentary series that will follow members of the National Basketball Association's 2017-18 rookie class, Variety reported March 13. The eight-episode series will exclusively stream on ESPN Plus.

In other platform news

* Apple Inc. ordered two seasons of a new musical animated comedy, titled "Central Park," reported March 12. The series follows a group of caretakers who live and work in the titular location in New York.

* Hulu LLC placed a straight-to-series order for "Little Fires Everywhere," a limited series from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. The series, which is based on Celeste Ng's novel of the same name, explores the "weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood — and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster," Hulu said March 12.

* Snap Inc.'s Snapchat messaging service green-lighted "True Crime," a series of 5-minute documentaries that will each look at a different crime, including murders and disappearances, reported March 12. The show is being produced by Condé Nast Entertainment video team.