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All posts by Aymar Jean Christian

My Book — Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood — Now Under Contract!

My Book — Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood — Now Under Contract!

My first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood, will be coming out on New York University Press, expected fall 2017. This book argues the web brought innovation to TV development by opening distribution to independent producers, particularly those marginalized in the industry and America. I can’t wait for you all to read it! Among its [...]

January 9, 2017 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates 0

The First Cycle of Open TV – Development Report 2

The First Cycle of Open TV – Development Report 2

Welcome to the second development report for Open TV (beta)! This is your opportunity to get the inside scoop on how Open TV is developing innovative queer television. If you’re new to Open TV, you might want to read our origin story and the previous report from halfway cycle one. The first report includes what [...]

January 9, 2017 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates 0

The State of Open TV — Development Report 1

The State of Open TV — Development Report 1

HOW IS OPEN TV DEVELOPING? Aymar Jean Christian This time last year Open TV beta did not exist. It was a series of pilots called Wide Open, of which Nupita Obama Creates Vogua was to the be first. We shot Vogua in December and that same month Sam Bailey emailed me looking for help with [...]

January 6, 2016 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates 0

Introducing Open TV

Introducing Open TV

CHAPTER ONE HOW OPEN TV BEGAN: AN INTRODUCTION FROM CREATOR AYMAR JEAN CHRISTIAN Three years ago I moved to Chicago to start an exciting new job as a professor at Northwestern University. I was scared. I didn’t know many people in the city and was not used to going out. While in grad school in [...]

January 6, 2016 Aymar Jean Christian Features, News and Updates 0

How ‘High Maintenance’ Became the Future of Indie TV

How ‘High Maintenance’ Became the Future of Indie TV

Years ago, producers of original web series would compare their projects to short films. The internet made short films irrelevant, they’d say, because you could build an audience yourself, rather than wait for film festivals and distributors to validate your story. Besides, television production was expanding on cable, while movie theaters were clogged with blockbusters. [...]

November 23, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

The Diverse World of Web Drama

The Diverse World of Web Drama

The first season of Hulu’s “East Los High” brought revelations of cheating, pregnancy, rape, HIV diagnosis, sexting, deceit, molestation, bullying, theft and murder, gracefully anchored by an intergenerational cast of Latinas in Los Angeles. The second season, which premiered in full on Hulu this month, adds domestic violence and queer sexuality to the popular high [...]

August 12, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 0

Why “Views” Don’t Matter for Indie Web Series

Why “Views” Don’t Matter for Indie Web Series

You’ve probably never heard of “F to 7th.” A spin-off of “The Slope,” a Vimeo-based series about “homophobic lesbians,” “F to 7th” is a New York indie TV show from Ingrid Jungermann, who financed the recently-concluded second season with a Spike Lee production grant from New York University (where she received her MFA). To me “F to 7th” is one of [...]

August 12, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

Transforming Hollywood 5: Indie TV Panel

Transforming Hollywood 5: Indie TV Panel

On April 4, 2014 I convened a panel of indie TV creators and UCLA/USC’s Transforming Hollywood 5: The Future of Television, co-organized by Henry Jenkins and Denise Mann. Below you will find 1) video from the panel and 2) a blog post bearing the title of the panel “Indie TV: Where Creators and Fans Pilot [...]

May 29, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates 0

Tribeca NOW Catches Indie TV On the Cusp

Tribeca NOW Catches Indie TV On the Cusp

Festivals can create new markets. Sundance ignited the independent film boom in the 1990s after a few of its selections did well at the box office and major studios started picking them up for distribution. Today, while indie filmmakers are struggling to find financing, television is ascendant, with filmmakers from Andrew Haigh, Jill Soloway, Jane [...]

May 27, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates, Video 0

15 Web Series That Could Be The Next “Broad City”

15 Web Series That Could Be The Next “Broad City”

The season finale of “Broad City” kept it simple: Abbi and Ilana go out to a fancy restaurant in their “fattest” outfits. In “Last Supper,” the two friends decide to treat each other to a luxurious seafood dinner after Abbi makes some money selling one of her cartoons to the world’s worst dating website. What [...]

April 7, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0