Saturday 20th January 2018,
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Can You Learn Web Series Production Online for Under $100?

Can You Learn Web Series Production Online for Under $100?

I’ve been writing about web series for almost four years now, and I’ve seen a lot of them. Mostly I’ve seen a lot of bad ones. That’s because making a good web series is just as hard, if not harder, than making an independent film. Why harder? In addition to getting the basics of production [...]

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Can My Damn Channel Grow Into YouTube’s Biggest Comedy Network?

Can My Damn Channel Grow Into YouTube’s Biggest Comedy Network?

Online video is comedy, and as the market grows, comedians and indie TV creators are getting more buyers for their shows and videos. Today comedy network My Damn Channel announced a big effort to buy up “hundreds” of comedy shows over the next year. The company’s effort may make it, if not the first, potentially the biggest [...]

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Netflix’s ‘Arrested Development’ Will Not Change TV. Web TV Already Did.

Netflix’s ‘Arrested Development’ Will Not Change TV. Web TV Already Did.

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish for linking. We’ve waited almost a decade for more Arrested Development, the groundbreaking sitcom of the aughts. Now with a release date set, critics and fans are eager for Mitch Hurwitz’s franchise to break new ground on the web, via Netflix. Think Progress‘ Alyssa Rosenberg, one of television’s sharpest critical [...]

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IAWTV Awards: Everyone’s A Winner. But ‘Squaresville’ Wins the Night.

IAWTV Awards: Everyone’s A Winner. But ‘Squaresville’ Wins the Night.

Award shows matter, sort of. Winning an Oscar rarely generates a box office bounce. The Emmys don’t make hit shows, they merely acknowledge them. Handing out trophies for online video seems silly to a lot of people. How do you get to a list of a few dozen shows, when users upload hours of video every [...]

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YOMYOMF: The Web’s Most Diverse Channel

YOMYOMF: The Web’s Most Diverse Channel

The final version of this post is on Slate‘s Future Tense blog. The LAPD has assigned Bobby, a rookie, to a new squad—a ragtag group of young-ish people who have time-traveled from the ’80s and are undercover in the present day. In the first episode of Squad 85, Bobby meets the Chief, a white man who has been [...]

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On Giving the Streamys (and the IAWTV) a Chance

On Giving the Streamys (and the IAWTV) a Chance

I normally don’t write about award shows. It’s been awhile since I had anything to say about the Academy Awards, whose voting membership is woefully unrepresentative of America, or the Emmys, whose last big winner, Homeland, is currently getting a dressing-down from Televisual‘s Adam Goldman amid broader critical skepticism. That said, award shows are important, and ever-more important as [...]

December 17, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 1

How Much Video Can We Buy? Chill.com and Direct-to-Consumer Marketing

How Much Video Can We Buy? Chill.com and Direct-to-Consumer Marketing

Ask anyone in the indie web video market about their biggest problem, and you’ll get a bunch of different answers: subpar production quality, too many shows, not enough viewers, etc. But the biggest issue facing web video is pretty simple: not enough buyers and not enough money. Sure, YouTube has pumped tens of millions into [...]

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Web TV Networks and “Next-Gen” Television, 1995-Now

Web TV Networks and “Next-Gen” Television, 1995-Now

Research update! Every once in awhile I introduce academic articles I’ve published for readers who can’t access them. This fall I wrote a piece for a special issue of the Journal of Communication Inquiry on television studies. The issue, with essays from Michele Hilmes, Horace Newcomb, Eileen Meehan and others, is an outgrowth of the University of [...]

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YouTube’s Fading ‘Halo’

YouTube’s Fading ‘Halo’

An edited version of this essay is published on Slate. Before I watched Machinima’s cinematic new series, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, I had to look it up on Wikipedia. Halo ranks among the most successful game franchises in history, and Forward Unto Dawn among the most expensive web series to date, but I’m not a gamer. Unless [...]

November 11, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 1

Mapping the Video Market, and Where Crowdfunding Fits In

Mapping the Video Market, and Where Crowdfunding Fits In

Published at Hacktivision. Below you’ll see a map of the digital video ecosystem, as created in a keynote conversation at the New York Television Festival, assembled by Paul Kontonis, head of the IAWTV. I’ve found there’s a lot of demand for maps of what’s going on online. And it’s easy to see why: it’s complicated! The graph above [...]

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