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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

How To (Not) Make It In Hollywood

How To (Not) Make It In Hollywood

People don’t care about media workers. They care about stars: star actors, star producers and star directors. If you’re an actor or director and not a star, it’s easy to feel invisible. Because you are. That’s probably why, out of all the web series I get pitched, the most common I see are shows about [...]

October 24, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

Open TV: Rescue Pilots from Development Hell

Open TV: Rescue Pilots from Development Hell

Originally published in Flow TV journal. Hold your mouse over footnotes (#) for more information. The Avengers, franchise of franchises, has invaded television. Last year in late July Deadline reported Marvel was in talks with ABC Studios about an Avengers TV show, a “kernel of an idea.” One month later ABC ordered a pilot. Marvel [...]

October 10, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 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

Vengeance Is Boring And Better On TV

Vengeance Is Boring And Better On TV

Spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk. In the very last moment of Django Unchained Hildy grabs a rifle.** The movie follows her husband, Django (Jamie Foxx), on his quest to save her. Saved, Hildy (Kerry Washington) must learn to save herself, and/or her husband. But we have to imagine that future, because Django is a movie about [...]

January 3, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 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

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

A Political TV Show We Can Believe In

A Political TV Show We Can Believe In

Thanks to Girls Like Giants for linking. Why can’t all political television shows be like Parks and Recreation? Don’t get me wrong. Veep is nice and smart. Scandal is fun and salacious. It’s great to see those strong, sexy women make decisions, good and bad. And it’s even better to see both shows get second seasons, particularly [...]

May 22, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 2

10 Diverse Web Shows To Solve HBO’s ‘Girls’ Problem

10 Diverse Web Shows To Solve HBO’s ‘Girls’ Problem

Thanks NewsforTVMajors and Racialicious for linking. So HBO has a problem with Girls. Mainly, that a lot of smart people are really pissed the show is so white! And they’re right. I’ve refrained from writing extensively about this because (a) so many other people (links above!) are doing it well, (b) I think the show is smart, [...]

April 23, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 2

The End of Post-Identity Television

The End of Post-Identity Television

Thanks to NewforTVMajors for linking. Nothing ever “ends” in culture — and nothing is ever new. Conditions change. Culture changes, sometimes. Still, it does feel like a certain era is ending. That era might be called the post-identity era, which, in television, had its prime in the 2000s. “Post-identity” here refers to the casting of characters [...]

April 17, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features 0