Tuesday 25th November 2014,
Televisual

Spotlight

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

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

‘Destroy the Alpha Gammas’ Is A Flawless ‘Glee’–’Greek’ Mash-Up

‘Destroy the Alpha Gammas’ Is A Flawless ‘Glee’–’Greek’ Mash-Up

Many web series creators aspire to combine their favorite or the most popular shows on television. Few succeed. But Destroy the Alpha Gammas, a musical comedy about feuding sororities, has combined Glee and Greek into a frothy, fun digital treat. Destroy the AGs follows the Delta Pis after electing a new president, Carrie, to lead the group of [...]

January 9, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 1

2013′s Best Drama Web Series

2013′s Best Drama Web Series

2013 was a big year for web TV. Netflix and Amazon released great (and good) shows, and the indie space has never been more exciting and diverse. Why should you care about indie TV? For one, because cable TV is getting more expensive after channels like FX and AMC started using original shows to argue [...]

December 22, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

2013′s Best Comedy Web Series

2013′s Best Comedy Web Series

What were the best web series in 2013? The major guilds have already weighed in. The Writers Guild is honoring ”Husbands” and “Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective.” The  Producers Guild recognized some of the most popular series this year in “The Lizzie Bennett Diaries,” “Burning Love,” “Video Game High School” and “Epic Rap Battles of History.” The International Academy of Web [...]

December 22, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

How To (Not) Make It In Hollywood

How To (Not) Make It In Hollywood

People don’t care about media workers. They care about stars: star actors, star producers and star directors. If you’re an actor or director and not a star, it’s easy to feel invisible. Because you are. That’s probably why, out of all the web series I get pitched, the most common I see are shows about [...]

October 24, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

The Summer of Lesbian Web Series

The Summer of Lesbian Web Series

This summer I was on my way to see a friend’s band when Regina Spektor’s voice pierced my ears. It was coming from a ground-floor flat: “Yooouu’ve got tiiiiiiiiiime!” “Orange Is New Black,” via title credits, leapt from my laptop to my city street. I’ve never heard a web series broadcast so publicly. Netflix’s drama [...]

September 27, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

Indie TV and the Value of Post-Network Television

Indie TV and the Value of Post-Network Television

It looks like the new television is here: a flexible, open industry more responsive to consumers and producers. Henry Jenkins’ textual poachers have become textual producers. Twenty years ago, audiences struggled to get power in production. Fans orchestrated large, coordinated campaigns to revive shows like Beauty and the Beast. Soon media companies started folding viewers into [...]

May 16, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Indie TV Innovation Series, Spotlight 0

Indie TV Innovation

Indie TV Innovation

2013 will be a banner year for original web production. Amazon has been ordering pilots, multichannel networks have been raising money, YouTube series are scaling up, and Netflix’s slate of programs is the envy of every channel, save HBO. With House of Cards behind it, and Hemlock Grove coming up (along with series from the likes of [...]

April 1, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Indie TV Innovation Series, Spotlight 1

Web TV Catch-Up: The Couple, Squaresville, Burning Love, F to 7th, Awkward Black Girl

Web TV Catch-Up: The Couple, Squaresville, Burning Love, F to 7th, Awkward Black Girl

A lot of exciting series have been premiering and finishing over the past few weeks! Here’s what to look out for. The Couple As the Black & Sexy team prep a feature-film version of their hit sitcom, The Couple, they released this episode from the second season! In it our couple is confronted with another couple. [...]

February 21, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0