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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

How To Value Television

How To Value Television

How do we value television? It depends who you ask. Ask advertisers, and they’ll talk  CPMs and ROI. Ask network executives, they’ll talk ratings. Ask fans, they’ll rave about their favorite shows or genres. Ask producers, they’ll assess the craft of storytelling. What connects these stakeholders? Over the past year I’ve come to think distribution is [...]

November 27, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Indie TV Innovation Series 1

For Antihero Wives, Revenge Means Regret

For Antihero Wives, Revenge Means Regret

It’s not new to say Skyler White and Carmela Soprano have a lot in common. They’re both married to two of television’s most renowned antiheroes. Both of their husbands are liars. Both women try to escape their unhappy marriages with other men, and the attempts always disappoint. Perhaps their most conspicuous commonality, however, is the [...]

November 6, 2013 Jacob Nelson Television and Film 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

More Than Creative (Squaresville)

More Than Creative (Squaresville)

Now in its second season, Squaresville is a comedy about two geeks trapped in a small town. The series is distributed on Wonderly, Big Frame’s network for young women. Last year it took home three trophies at the International Academy of Web Television Awards, including best comedy series, best writing (comedy) and best ensemble.  At literally [...]

May 13, 2013 Matt Enlow Indie TV Innovation Series 0

How Two Broads Braved the Web (Broad City)

How Two Broads Braved the Web (Broad City)

Premiering in 2010, Broad City is a sitcom co-created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. In March Comedy Central announced it was picking up the show for a 2014 release, with Amy Poehler producing alongside Jacobson and Glazer. The show is currently in production. It has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, [...]

April 29, 2013 Ilana Glazer Indie TV Innovation Series 1

Upsized and ‘Downsized,’ the Ups and Downs of Being a Web Series Creator

Upsized and ‘Downsized,’ the Ups and Downs of Being a Web Series Creator

Downsized is a 2009 web drama. It was a 2012 Writers Guild nominee for original new media and has been celebrated in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Fast Company and Indiewire. This essay is part of Televisual‘s ”Indie TV Innovation” series. Somehow I became a part of the first generation of web series [...]

April 22, 2013 Daryn Strauss Indie TV Innovation Series 0

Online, “Girls” Have More Stories

Online, “Girls” Have More Stories

Soon after the Kickstarter campaign for Veronica Mars sparked a ton of conversations and debates, another woman-led project took the crowdfunding site by storm, raising over $60,000 soon after it launched. The team behind The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a YouTube-based adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, have already raised over $400,000 with three days to go by selling a DVD of the complete series. Funds from [...]

April 19, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 1