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Introducing tello: The “Lesbian HBO”

Introducing tello: The “Lesbian HBO”

Final version posted at Tubefilter. Users don’t pay for content, the saying goes. American media is free, supported by ads. It’s why HBO is such a juggernaut: it’s the first channel Americans consider paying for. Online, we’ve seen a few case studies of users paying for programming. But the biggest success stories involve television stars [...]

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As Budgets Grow, Web Television Slowly Earns Attention

As Budgets Grow, Web Television Slowly Earns Attention

Final version published at Sparksheet. Americans have so many entertainment choices it’s remarkable anybody watches anything. Blockbuster ratings and opening weekends are fewer and farther between. Nothing much “pops” anymore. Web networks grew up in this environment and learned to survive in it without breaking the bank. Companies like YouTube thrived by harnessing amateur/independent production [...]

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YouTube, Amazon and the Debate Over Scripted Vs. Reality Web Series

YouTube, Amazon and the Debate Over Scripted Vs. Reality Web Series

Originally posted at Hacktivision. As long as we’ve had streaming video, we’ve debated the merits of scripted versus non-scripted video. First lonelygirl15 was popular, then Charlie Bit My Finger. LG15 producer EQAL bailed on producing pre-written programs, but then web series started to find success. It’s been years of mixed signals. Generally, scripted content requires more attention: [...]

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Is It A Good Time To Be ‘Black & Sexy’?

Is It A Good Time To Be ‘Black & Sexy’?

Thanks to Racialicious for reposting. In one episode of Black & Sexy TV’s The Couple, Dude and Chick bicker over space in their small bathroom. In another they have a tit-for-tat over what side dishes to order with lunch. Two people, one location and a common scenario comprise most episodes of The Couple.  “It’s about two [...]

July 3, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 2

Web Series Succeed On Television

Web Series Succeed On Television

Most people believe the Internet and television have different aesthetics. Web content is short, cheap and brash, while television takes its time, because of higher budgets and greater cultural legitimacy. What works on the web cannot work on television, the thinking goes. Asked about The Annoying Orange‘s debut on Cartoon Network last night, professor Jeffrey [...]

June 12, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 5

What OTHER Shows Will Pharrell Distribute on YouTube?

What OTHER Shows Will Pharrell Distribute on YouTube?

Fans of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl were greeted with a surprise today when Pharrell Williams’ premium YouTube channel, iamOTHER, premiered the trailer for the popular web series’ anticipated second season, for which fans raised tens of thousands of dollars last year. In it (below), Issa Rae’s J does her rap thing, recapping last season’s events [...]

May 25, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 2

Not Your Hipster ‘Vice’: Reality Video Grows Up

Not Your Hipster ‘Vice’: Reality Video Grows Up

How do you go from a controversy-plagued hipster rag to a global, brand-friendly multimedia company? Ask Vice. It took them 10 years. In certain circles you’re not supposed to admit you like Vice. This is largely a remnant of its early years as a central figure in the rise of hipster culture and of its ousted, [...]

May 21, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 2

Mobcaster Finances and Distributes Independent Traditional TV Projects

Mobcaster Finances and Distributes Independent Traditional TV Projects

Original article posted on Tubefilter. Filmmakers have plenty of places to raise money these days, the most popular of which are Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, both quite popular in the space and elsewhere. Even prominent writers like Bret Easton Ellis and directors like Hal Hartley use them. But Aubrey Levy thinks independent television creators need a space of their own. His new [...]

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Newfronts 2012: Web Networks Take On Television

Newfronts 2012: Web Networks Take On Television

Originally posted at Hacktivision. “The new scarcity is content, content that is quality,” Digitas chief creative officer Mark Beeching said at the company’s fifth annual Newfront yesterday. We all know about scarcity on television—or at least we think we know. There are only so many channels on television, and only a handful of them create the [...]

April 30, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 3

Ze Frank Returns: Can He Reinvent The Vlog?

Ze Frank Returns: Can He Reinvent The Vlog?

Ze Frank is back! Back in the day — you know, 2006 — Frank was at the cutting edge of vlogging, a form of web video as old as the late 1990s — like the late Snack Boy of The Sync — but one Frank helped moved forward. YouTube debuted in 2005 and quickly vlogging became [...]

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