Archives for the ‘web series’ Category

Streamys 2010: Making web content is hard. It’s amazing we’re even able to do it. Get over it.

At last year’s Streamy Awards, everything felt new and exciting, if a bit self-serving. The first annual awards were a chance for a burgeoning group of starry-eyed creators to gather in meatspace for the first time and acknowledge that yeah, we’re all doing this, and yeah, we’re onto something here. During the show, the in-jokes […]

The iPad as interactive storytelling device (with the right software)

With the hype dying down, TechCrunch recently published a

Net neutrality isn’t as black and white as I’d like it to be

Information is power. The democratized web has given the public access to more information than ever before, and they’ve taken advantage of it, showing big media companies and politicians that the public can still have control over their systems, much to the big guys’ dismay. With that in mind, net neutrality is a no-brainer – […]

We Live in Public, but it’s more complicated than that

I had the pleasure of seeing We Live in Public the other night, Ondi TImoner’s well-done and well-received follow-up to DiG!. It follows the life of Josh Harris, a guy you’d think us web series enthusiasts would know more about, considering he founded the very first web TV station, Pseudo, using a lot of money […]

The next step for web series aesthetics: Creating worlds, not just stories

After a long, incubated gestation period during which audiences have been relatively meager, web series are beginning to come into their own, aesthetically speaking. We have genres and aesthetic styles unique to the medium – the vlog (Gemini Division, LG15), the mini series (Dr. Horrible), the gamer show (The Guild), the fanfic show (My Roommate […]

How I learned to stop worrying (and love paying for media)

Cable networks are understandably scared of giving away their content for free; it would completely up-end their business model, and in the end it would hurt all of us who love shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men. I like the solution of creating some sort of openID standard […]

Congrats to the Webby winners, most of which you probably haven’t seen or heard of

No offense to the very-promising Streamy Awards but the Webbys are kind of a big deal, especially for indie web producers who finally get a chance to be put on par with the big guns. I especially like their Jimmy Fallon love this year – what a cool project his new show has been so […]

Your marketing plan might be more important than your show

Marshall Herskovitz (of quarterlife internet fame) had a few things to say about TV working on the web the other day: Marshall Herskovitz, best known for Thirtysomething on TV and Quarterlife online believes an HBO-like subscription model would work if it was backed by known quantities like himself, Steven Bochco and David Chase. “If it […]

When the content moves faster than the deals

No one really knows how to make a viral hit (though my buddy Freddie has some great ideas), but worse, big media Hollywood is ill-equipped to make money off viral hits when they occur. A disagreement between YouTube and Britain’s ITV, which owns the “Britain’s Got Talent” program where Ms. Boyle appeared, has kept the […]

I’m getting excited for MerriMe

One of the many trailers I saw on Friday at the Tubefilter event, MerriMe caught my eye for its awesome production values, its use of somewhat-known stars (Tony Hale!), its great concept, and the fact that it really does seem like premium content for specifically the web. It’s about a girl going on dating sites, […]