Monday 24th July 2017,
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Will YouTube Renew Its Most Ambitious Sitcom?

Will YouTube Renew Its Most Ambitious Sitcom?

Remember when Arcade Fire nabbed the top Grammy last year and people, from everyday tweeters to Rosie O’Donnell, unleashed a collective “who is Arcade Fire” campaign? That incident started a lot of introspection among music writers on the state of the industry. Digital products from Spotify to niche blogs seemed to make it easier for fans to stay [...]

December 13, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 2

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 [...]

December 6, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

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 [...]

December 5, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

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 [...]

November 10, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

NYTVF Dispatch: Get Weird With Morgan Evans

NYTVF Dispatch: Get Weird With Morgan Evans

The New York Television Festival is over and the winners have won. This year 19 development deals, in various sizes and configurations, were handed out. Quality is always pretty high at NYTVF, widely regarded as a leading showcase for independent television, one that can make a real difference in a person’s career. And this year was no [...]

November 5, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

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 [...]

October 24, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

‘Hunting Season’: Logo’s Surprising New Comedy

‘Hunting Season’: Logo’s Surprising New Comedy

Gay media fans were shocked this year when news broke that Logo, Viacom’s gay and lesbian channel, was moving away from LGBT programming to compete with broader lifestyle channels like Bravo for advertising. Pilots for promising gay shows had stalled. Soon after the network canceled its “gay housewives” franchise, leaving only RuPaul’s Drag Race as the net’s last [...]

October 17, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 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

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