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How Brown Girls Became 2017’s Indie TV Hit

How Brown Girls Became 2017’s Indie TV Hit

How do you take a series from script to HBO and the Emmys in just a year? Tell a story that has never been told on TV. Make sure it reads as sincere to the people represented but relates to folks across identities. Represent community in front and behind the camera. Treat production, writing, directing, [...]

January 31, 2018 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

Emerging on the Side Stage: A New Era for Women on HBO

Emerging on the Side Stage: A New Era for Women on HBO

by Heidi Khaled and Brett Bumgarner Two shows, both held together by the common plotline of poop. Valerie Cherish sits down in her trailer with a producer for the HBO series in which she plays a fictionalized version of herself to learn about changes to the script. Valerie’s hairdresser Mickey, however, is loudly defecating in [...]

December 23, 2014 Heidi Khaled Culture, Television and Film Comments Off on Emerging on the Side Stage: A New Era for Women on HBO

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 Comments Off on The Diverse World of Web Drama

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 Comments Off on Transforming Hollywood 5: Indie TV Panel

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 Comments Off on Tribeca NOW Catches Indie TV On the Cusp

Open TV: Rescue Pilots from Development Hell

Open TV: Rescue Pilots from Development Hell

Originally published in Flow TV journal. Hold your mouse over footnotes (#) for more information. The Avengers, franchise of franchises, has invaded television. Last year in late July Deadline reported Marvel was in talks with ABC Studios about an Avengers TV show, a “kernel of an idea.” One month later ABC ordered a pilot. Marvel [...]

October 10, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 1

The Black TV Crisis And The Next Generation

The Black TV Crisis And The Next Generation

In 2011 New York’s Diana Scholl asked Issa Rae if she was planning to turn her hit web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, into a full-length TV show. At the time her first season was coming to a close and Rae, in a pioneering move, had raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter to finish [...]

September 11, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 1

Zombies Beat Humans on Television

Zombies Beat Humans on Television

This post was originally published at Flow TV (click for footnotes). On a recent episode of the Melissa Harris Perry Show – a stellar example of what’s possible in the expanding field of TV news – I heard a narrative I hadn’t seen on TV in years. Director Ava DuVernay, now a member of the [...]

August 5, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film Comments Off on Zombies Beat Humans on Television

Green-lit By The Neutral Net (Ylse)

Green-lit By The Neutral Net (Ylse)

Ylse is a 2008 sitcom about a modern Americana and the quirky characters around her. It won a 2010 Imagen Award for best Internet sitcom and the audience favorite at the 2009 Rasquache Film Festival. Ylse creator Ruth Livier was the first person admitted to the Writers Guild for work in new media. Back in 2000, when [...]

May 15, 2013 Ruth Livier Indie TV Innovation Series Comments Off on Green-lit By The Neutral Net (Ylse)

Pioneering Underground TV (BLACK&SEXY TV)

Pioneering Underground TV (BLACK&SEXY TV)

BLACK&SEXYTV is an independent video network on YouTube. An outgrowth of Dennis Dortch’s 2008 feature A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy, it has released five episodic series, including The Number, RoomieLoverFriends, That Guy, Hello Cupid, and The Couple, for which the network successfully crowdsourced a spin-off. It has been featured in Ebony, Clutch, Shadow and Act and Indiewire, [...]

April 23, 2013 Numa Perrier Indie TV Innovation Series 1