Thursday 24th April 2014,
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The Black TV Crisis And The Next Generation

The Black TV Crisis And The Next Generation

In 2011 New York’s Diana Scholl asked Issa Rae if she was planning to turn her hit web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, into a full-length TV show. At the time her first season was coming to a close and Rae, in a pioneering move, had raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter to finish [...]

September 11, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 1

Zombies Beat Humans on Television

Zombies Beat Humans on Television

This post was originally published at Flow TV (click for footnotes). On a recent episode of the Melissa Harris Perry Show – a stellar example of what’s possible in the expanding field of TV news – I heard a narrative I hadn’t seen on TV in years. Director Ava DuVernay, now a member of the [...]

August 5, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 0

Pioneering Underground TV (BLACK&SEXY TV)

Pioneering Underground TV (BLACK&SEXY TV)

BLACK&SEXYTV is an independent video network on YouTube. An outgrowth of Dennis Dortch’s 2008 feature A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy, it has released five episodic series, including The Number, RoomieLoverFriends, That Guy, Hello Cupid, and The Couple, for which the network successfully crowdsourced a spin-off. It has been featured in Ebony, Clutch, Shadow and Act and Indiewire, [...]

April 23, 2013 Numa Perrier Indie TV Innovation Series 1

Why I Produced The Web Series ‘She’s Out Of Order’

Why I Produced The Web Series ‘She’s Out Of Order’

Over the next few weeks and months the Internet will get yet another web series, but this time I have a hand in it! I put on my producer hat and helped shepherd a new comedy, set for release this spring. She’s Out Of Order is a Philadelphia-set comedy about Tara Moseley, an arts and [...]

February 25, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates 3

Web TV Catch-Up: The Couple, Squaresville, Burning Love, F to 7th, Awkward Black Girl

Web TV Catch-Up: The Couple, Squaresville, Burning Love, F to 7th, Awkward Black Girl

A lot of exciting series have been premiering and finishing over the past few weeks! Here’s what to look out for. The Couple As the Black & Sexy team prep a feature-film version of their hit sitcom, The Couple, they released this episode from the second season! In it our couple is confronted with another couple. [...]

February 21, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

Web TV Catch-Up: Learning Town, Famous Farrah, Coogan Auto, Chloe and Zoe

Web TV Catch-Up: Learning Town, Famous Farrah, Coogan Auto, Chloe and Zoe

I’m always getting pitched web series. Being just one person, I never have the time to write about all of them. In the past I’ve tried to spotlight interesting shows and cover crowdfunding campaigns. I’ll still do that, but I’m looking for more ways to cover what’s coming out. So I’d like to introduce another [...]

January 17, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

Can Al Thompson Strike Gold On ‘Lenox Avenue’?

Can Al Thompson Strike Gold On ‘Lenox Avenue’?

Final version posted at Tubefilter. Have you ever heard of the “Al Thompson hustle“? It’s a specific kind of hustle familiar to web television aficionados. For years, actor-producer Al Thompson made his mark by selling independent web series to major online networks. Most of us came to know him after  his 2009 NYTVF winner Johnny B. Homeless was sold to Atom (now Comedy [...]

October 12, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 1

Crowfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘The Couple’ and ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’

Crowfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘The Couple’ and ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’

From Undercover Brother to The Confession, the web series-to-film route has been traveled before. But except for standouts like Four-Eyed Monsters, rarely do low-budget indies transition from computer to big screen. Most web producers focus on making it to television, if at all, these days. So it was big news when the team behind YouTube’s Black [...]

September 24, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 2

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

Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘Jabari Presents’ Season Two

Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘Jabari Presents’ Season Two

Fans of hip hop might be familiar with talk show host Jabari Johnson, whose show Jabari Presents documents the creative lives of rising and established artists in the genre. Johnson might be better known as the host of BET.com’s Face to Face, where he interviewed such celebrities as Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. After pitching the season [...]

June 21, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0