Thursday 18th December 2014,
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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

‘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