Thursday 27th July 2017,
Televisual

Indie TV Innovation Series

How ‘High Maintenance’ Became the Future of Indie TV

How ‘High Maintenance’ Became the Future of Indie TV

Years ago, producers of original web series would compare their projects to short films. The internet made short films irrelevant, they’d say, because you could build an audience yourself, rather than wait for film festivals and distributors to validate your story. Besides, television production was expanding on cable, while movie theaters were clogged with blockbusters. [...]

November 23, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

Indie TV and the Value of Post-Network Television

Indie TV and the Value of Post-Network Television

It looks like the new television is here: a flexible, open industry more responsive to consumers and producers. Henry Jenkins’ textual poachers have become textual producers. Twenty years ago, audiences struggled to get power in production. Fans orchestrated large, coordinated campaigns to revive shows like Beauty and the Beast. Soon media companies started folding viewers into [...]

May 16, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Indie TV Innovation Series, Spotlight 0

Green-lit By The Neutral Net (Ylse)

Green-lit By The Neutral Net (Ylse)

Ylse is a 2008 sitcom about a modern Americana and the quirky characters around her. It won a 2010 Imagen Award for best Internet sitcom and the audience favorite at the 2009 Rasquache Film Festival. Ylse creator Ruth Livier was the first person admitted to the Writers Guild for work in new media. Back in 2000, when [...]

May 15, 2013 Ruth Livier Indie TV Innovation Series 0

More Than Creative (Squaresville)

More Than Creative (Squaresville)

Now in its second season, Squaresville is a comedy about two geeks trapped in a small town. The series is distributed on Wonderly, Big Frame’s network for young women. Last year it took home three trophies at the International Academy of Web Television Awards, including best comedy series, best writing (comedy) and best ensemble.  At literally [...]

May 13, 2013 Matt Enlow Indie TV Innovation Series 0

How Two Broads Braved the Web (Broad City)

How Two Broads Braved the Web (Broad City)

Premiering in 2010, Broad City is a sitcom co-created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. In March Comedy Central announced it was picking up the show for a 2014 release, with Amy Poehler producing alongside Jacobson and Glazer. The show is currently in production. It has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, [...]

April 29, 2013 Ilana Glazer Indie TV Innovation Series 1

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

Upsized and ‘Downsized,’ the Ups and Downs of Being a Web Series Creator

Upsized and ‘Downsized,’ the Ups and Downs of Being a Web Series Creator

Downsized is a 2009 web drama. It was a 2012 Writers Guild nominee for original new media and has been celebrated in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Fast Company and Indiewire. This essay is part of Televisual‘s “Indie TV Innovation” series. Somehow I became a part of the first generation of web series [...]

April 22, 2013 Daryn Strauss Indie TV Innovation Series 0

A Network for Creatives and Fans

A Network for Creatives and Fans

tello films is a subscription video network offering original programming for the lesbian market. It recently merged with OneMoreLesbian, adding free and pay-per-view video options to its offerings. This essay is part of Televisual’s “Indie TV Innovation” series. As I write this I just finished shooting tello’s newest project called Roomies, starring Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard.  [...]

April 18, 2013 Christin Mell Indie TV Innovation Series 0

How to Believe in Miracles, or Making a Career in the Digital Space

How to Believe in Miracles, or Making a Career in the Digital Space

East WillyB is an original series that chronicles the adventures of a Brooklyn Sports Bar owner and his motley crew of regulars as they deal with the trials and tribulations of living in a changing Brooklyn. Its pilot season premiered in 2011. Its first season, for which the producers raised $51,000 on Kickstarter, is currently airing on [...]

April 17, 2013 Julia Ahumada Grob & Yamin Segal Indie TV Innovation Series 0

Ten Reasons To Love Making A Webseries Called “Anyone But Me”

Ten Reasons To Love Making A Webseries Called “Anyone But Me”

Anyone But Me is a drama series, which concluded its three-season run in 2012. It has won numerous awards, including from the Streamys (lead actress), Writers Guild (original new media), IAWTV (directing), Indie Soap Awards (writing, guest appearance, marketing/fundraising), Clicker (best web drama), Tellys (people’s choice). It has been lauded by numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The [...]

April 15, 2013 Susan Miller Indie TV Innovation Series 0