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‘Destroy the Alpha Gammas’ Is A Flawless ‘Glee’–‘Greek’ Mash-Up

‘Destroy the Alpha Gammas’ Is A Flawless ‘Glee’–‘Greek’ Mash-Up

Many web series creators aspire to combine their favorite or the most popular shows on television. Few succeed. But Destroy the Alpha Gammas, a musical comedy about feuding sororities, has combined Glee and Greek into a frothy, fun digital treat. Destroy the AGs follows the Delta Pis after electing a new president, Carrie, to lead the group of [...]

January 9, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 1

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

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

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

Web Series Spotlight: ‘The “F” Word’ Brilliantly Satirizes Indie Music Production

Web Series Spotlight: ‘The “F” Word’ Brilliantly Satirizes Indie Music Production

A funny thing can happen on your way to success: people start paying attention to your other projects! One happy consequence of Issa Rae’s incredible success with Awkward Black Girl has been greater attention on her “other” web series — her first — Fly Guys Present The “F” Word. Premiering in late 2009, The “F” Word follows three [...]

August 30, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Big Marketing May Be Down. Is It Dead?

Big Marketing May Be Down. Is It Dead?

It’s become a cliche over the past 10 years to claim mainstream media is losing its marketing power. Whether you work within the industry or well outside of it, everyone’s made the point at some time or another. The truth is, though, marketing still matters, and big marketing still works — after the web 2.0 [...]

July 3, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 2

Is Black Queer Back?

Is Black Queer Back?

Thanks to Racialicious for reposting! In Brooklyn one night in May I was treated to my very first performance from Monstah Black, an artist who defies categorization, but whose show I would characterize as part-rock concert, part-live art theatre, with a black queer bent. Despite my awe I managed to divert my eyes long enough [...]

June 24, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 3

Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone:’ Product Placement and Corporate Anxiety

Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone:’ Product Placement and Corporate Anxiety

Thanks to In Media Res for linking! Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” is an attempt to bring back the music video, or, to make music videos “big” again, after years of seclusion from TV but tremendous popularity on YouTube. It’s not a genius idea, of course: making music videos big, that is. Talk to any production company [...]

March 15, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 12

Passing Strange Is Good For Your Soul

Passing Strange Is Good For Your Soul

Passing Strange is Good For Your Soul. (click: Original Article) (Grade: A-) All media is marketing. It’s easy to forget that sometimes, and media saavy people can be easiest people to fool. Sophisticates think they watch Mad Men only because it’s subtle and rich, or District 9 because it’s a commentary on the brutality of [...]

September 14, 2009 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1

Mika, Michael and The Celebrities That Would Be Gay

Mika, Michael and The Celebrities That Would Be Gay

UPDATE (3/8/10): It’s raining closet-fleeing celebrities! Sean Hayes has come out, awkwardly. He claims the gay community, through the gay media, put too much pressure on him. I disagree, of course. Regardless his reticence probably cost him a few jobs, though who knows; he’s a character actor. Is Matt Bomer next? UPDATE (1/13/10): Michael Urie [...]

July 29, 2009 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1