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Introducing Open TV

Introducing Open TV

CHAPTER ONE HOW OPEN TV BEGAN: AN INTRODUCTION FROM CREATOR AYMAR JEAN CHRISTIAN Three years ago I moved to Chicago to start an exciting new job as a professor at Northwestern University. I was scared. I didn’t know many people in the city and was not used to going out. While in grad school in [...]

January 6, 2016 Aymar Jean Christian Features, News and Updates 0

‘The Interview’ & The Power of Entertainment in International Affairs

‘The Interview’ & The Power of Entertainment in International Affairs

‘Dumb and Dumber,’ ‘Ace Ventura,’ ‘The Naked Gun’ … America certainly loves its slapstick comedies. And given the success of 2004’s ‘Team America: World Police,’ it seems audiences are also pretty comfortable with films that denigrate political figures and national leaders – especially when those figures are known to brutally tyrannize their people. Even with [...]

December 16, 2014 Heidi Khaled Culture, Features, Television and Film 0

The End of Post-Identity Television

The End of Post-Identity Television

Thanks to NewforTVMajors for linking. Nothing ever “ends” in culture — and nothing is ever new. Conditions change. Culture changes, sometimes. Still, it does feel like a certain era is ending. That era might be called the post-identity era, which, in television, had its prime in the 2000s. “Post-identity” here refers to the casting of characters [...]

April 17, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features 0

Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas

Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas

At one point in José Padilha’s Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, a police officer confronts local gang members in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, asking for his share of their drug revenue. The police are corrupt, but their illicit money supply has been cut off by their own belligerence: a massacre at a prison temporarily [...]

April 1, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features 0

‘Happy Endings: Happy Rides’ An Unexpected Delight, Signaling Promise for Branded, Derivative Series

‘Happy Endings: Happy Rides’ An Unexpected Delight, Signaling Promise for Branded, Derivative Series

Any comedic web series is tough. Branded, derivative web series — could anything else sound more corporate? — might be the toughest nut to crack. Viewer expectations are high; the web show premieres with a higher budget counterpart, a comparison it can’t beat. Having to integrate products only makes things harder. Too often they look original-lite, [...]

March 8, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features 0

Video Awards: Making a Market?

Video Awards: Making a Market?

Originally posted at Hacktivision. Why have awards? Award shows help media creators establish norms and values for audiences. They adjudicate quality, innovation, diversity and help raise awareness. The past two weeks have seen two big awards developments for professional web video: the IAWTV Awards held at CES January 12 and the WGA nominations. What about [...]

January 20, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features 1

Web Series Spotlight: ‘Whole Day Down’ Enlists Willie Garson and Patrick Breen for the Artpocalypse

Web Series Spotlight: ‘Whole Day Down’ Enlists Willie Garson and Patrick Breen for the Artpocalypse

Willie and Patrick had an idea — and it was not for a web series. “We should open a gallery…. I have an art history degree. Fuck pilot season. I’m sensing a whole new direction for me….for, ugh, us,” Willie says. “And I can wipe my father-in-law’s face in the excrement of his own mediocrity,” [...]

December 2, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian Features 2