Friday 29th August 2014,
Televisual

Video

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

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

How Web Series Transition to TV

How Web Series Transition to TV

Five years ago, making a web series to get on traditional television was a fool’s game. The few web series producers to secure development deals with networks — from “We Need Girlfriends,” “Quarterlife,” “Private High School” and “The College Humor Show” — either never made it to air or didn’t last long when they did. [...]

March 6, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

NYTVF: Digital Networks On The Hunt For Brands, Programming

NYTVF: Digital Networks On The Hunt For Brands, Programming

Originally posted on Tubefilter. The New York Television Festival‘s annual Digital Day brought together network executives, creators and marketers to take about the state of the industry and offer advice to new entrants. What did aspiring creators learn? Opportunities for distribution are growing, but success only comes to the lucky and innovative. The good news [...]

October 31, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 1

Can The New York Television Festival Get Past the Pilot?

Can The New York Television Festival Get Past the Pilot?

Originally posted on Tubefilter. If you’re an indie TV creator, you should know about the New York Television Festival. There are a lot of festivals for independent television, most of them for web series like LAWeb Fest, ITV Fest, and Holly Web Fest. But producers and executives widely consider NYTVF the best in quality. That reputation probably stems from the [...]

October 30, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

Can Web Series Creators Turn Their Work Into A Career?

Can Web Series Creators Turn Their Work Into A Career?

When Netflix is a leading Emmy contender it looks like TV has been completely disrupted. Thanks to subscribers, Netflix is already HBO. It can pull together generously budgeted dramas, something most other networks like YouTube, who rely on advertisers, don’t have the money to do. But as multiple critics and scholars have pointed out, Netflix’s [...]

August 8, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

Where Are The Web TV Critics? (Or, Why I Can’t Review Your Web Series)

Where Are The Web TV Critics? (Or, Why I Can’t Review Your Web Series)

  I’ve been writing about web video since 2009. I’m part of a tiny group of writers who have sustained interest in web television over the years, taking time to interview producers and write about their shows. (Liz Shannon Miller, one such critic, recently compiled a list of sites/publications that do it consistently). Televisual has [...]

May 22, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Indie TV Innovation Series, Video 13

Kickstarting Veronica Mars: A Conversation About the Future of Television (In Four Parts)

Kickstarting Veronica Mars: A Conversation About the Future of Television (In Four Parts)

This post refers to a conversation on Henry Jenkins’ blog: part one, two, three, four. My visit to USC earlier this month for a work-in-progress talk on my manuscript sparked a couple of conversations. One with M2E head Christopher Smith about the state of web television, and another with Henry Jenkins on the broader implications [...]

March 29, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates, Video 2

How YouTube Plans to Fight the Netflix Wave

How YouTube Plans to Fight the Netflix Wave

With Netflix dropping $4 million for each episode of House of Cards, YouTube is suddenly seeing a lot of well-heeled competition for original programming. Of course, through its premium channel initiative, Google’s network has been investing as well. Machinima, its most premium channel, recently inked a deal to incubate films with the likes of Ridley Scott. But YouTube didn’t grow into [...]

March 20, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

Web Video’s Major Studios and Networks — As Ranked By Streamys

Web Video’s Major Studios and Networks — As Ranked By Streamys

It’s easier to understand TV. Most people know who’s responsible for their favorite shows: did you all watch Scandal last night on ABC?! Online, it’s a bit trickier. Sure, most everything is on YouTube. But just because it’s on YouTube doesn’t mean it’s Google’s show. Usually it’s not. Web video has layers and layers networks and [...]

February 22, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0