Friday 21st November 2014,
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The Diverse World of Web Drama

The Diverse World of Web Drama

The first season of Hulu’s “East Los High” brought revelations of cheating, pregnancy, rape, HIV diagnosis, sexting, deceit, molestation, bullying, theft and murder, gracefully anchored by an intergenerational cast of Latinas in Los Angeles. The second season, which premiered in full on Hulu this month, adds domestic violence and queer sexuality to the popular high [...]

August 12, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 0

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

Transforming Hollywood 5: Indie TV Panel

Transforming Hollywood 5: Indie TV Panel

On April 4, 2014 I convened a panel of indie TV creators and UCLA/USC’s Transforming Hollywood 5: The Future of Television, co-organized by Henry Jenkins and Denise Mann. Below you will find 1) video from the panel and 2) a blog post bearing the title of the panel “Indie TV: Where Creators and Fans Pilot [...]

May 29, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates 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

I Know, You Tried to Watch ‘Treme.’ Try Again.

I Know, You Tried to Watch ‘Treme.’ Try Again.

I hated the first season of Treme. I didn’t know what I was watching and didn’t care to find out. I found the show plotless and plodding. I wrote about that. I found Steve Zahn’s Davis McAlary annoying. I wrote about that too. I thought it inevitable Treme, a drama about how individuals and communities survived [...]

January 9, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 0

2013’s Best Drama Web Series

2013’s Best Drama Web Series

2013 was a big year for web TV. Netflix and Amazon released great (and good) shows, and the indie space has never been more exciting and diverse. Why should you care about indie TV? For one, because cable TV is getting more expensive after channels like FX and AMC started using original shows to argue [...]

December 22, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

2013’s Best Comedy Web Series

2013’s Best Comedy Web Series

What were the best web series in 2013? The major guilds have already weighed in. The Writers Guild is honoring “Husbands” and “Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective.” The  Producers Guild recognized some of the most popular series this year in “The Lizzie Bennett Diaries,” “Burning Love,” “Video Game High School” and “Epic Rap Battles of History.” The International Academy of Web [...]

December 22, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

How To Value Television

How To Value Television

How do we value television? It depends who you ask. Ask advertisers, and they’ll talk  CPMs and ROI. Ask network executives, they’ll talk ratings. Ask fans, they’ll rave about their favorite shows or genres. Ask producers, they’ll assess the craft of storytelling. What connects these stakeholders? Over the past year I’ve come to think distribution is [...]

November 27, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Indie TV Innovation Series 1

For Antihero Wives, Revenge Means Regret

For Antihero Wives, Revenge Means Regret

It’s not new to say Skyler White and Carmela Soprano have a lot in common. They’re both married to two of television’s most renowned antiheroes. Both of their husbands are liars. Both women try to escape their unhappy marriages with other men, and the attempts always disappoint. Perhaps their most conspicuous commonality, however, is the [...]

November 6, 2013 Jacob Nelson Television and Film 0