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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

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

How To Raise Money On Kickstarter: A Case Study

How To Raise Money On Kickstarter: A Case Study

Crowdfunding is a right-of-passage these days, particularly for independent shows targeting niche, underserved audiences. The Guild was among the first to demonstrate that raising money from your audience bolsters your legitimacy, proving to sponsors you have a dedicated fan base. Since then, a number of shows about diverse groups have done it, including many represented in [...]

June 18, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

‘Gay’s Anatomy’ Returns, Obscenity Intact

‘Gay’s Anatomy’ Returns, Obscenity Intact

If you’re a fan of Children’s Hospital, but are looking for more gays in your medical procedural satire, look no further than Gay’s Anatomy, a sitcom about urology residents currently releasing its second season. “It’s residency year two, hookers, and I’m a lean, mean urology machine!” Jim confesses in the opening of Gay’s Anatomy‘s second season. “Seriously I’m [...]

May 7, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 1

Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘The Variants’

Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘The Variants’

I was going to write about this awhile ago, but my schedule is all out of sorts! Still, it’s never too late to spotlight an indie web series trying to get produced. This edition of “Crowdfunding of Campaigns to Watch” features The Variants, a cult web series about the behind-the-scenes zaniness of an actual Texas [...]

May 4, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

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

Nerd Girls Rule In ‘Squaresville’

Nerd Girls Rule In ‘Squaresville’

School dances are not fun for everyone. If we’ve learned anything from countless teen movies and TV shows, it’s that. Squaresville opens with our heroines going to a dance, but they’ve sidestepped the whole dancing thing. Instead they show up to do some gardening — guerilla-style — and not very well either. “The only statement we’re making [...]

April 4, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 4

In ‘The Professionals,’ Tech Guys Strike Back

In ‘The Professionals,’ Tech Guys Strike Back

I’ve written before about the (increasingly irrelevant) divide between producers of scripted programming and YouTube, a remnant of when YouTube was an “amateur” space. Keith Battista, creator of The Professionals, a sitcom about a team of assassins working under the auspices of an IT company called The Nerd Unit, is a great example of how YouTube [...]

March 12, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

Web Series Spotlight: ‘Mythomania’ Strives For Comic Book Stardom

Web Series Spotlight: ‘Mythomania’ Strives For Comic Book Stardom

If the 2000s taught filmgoers anything, it was “comics are marketable.” Hollywood mined superhero classics, artier graphic novels like The Watchmen got their due, and even original franchises like Inception were comic book’ed. Popularity opened up a space for edgier fare: Stan Lee and Alan Moore weren’t the only ones to profit. So did Derek Kirk Kim, [...]

January 5, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 2

Web Series Spotlight: ‘Whole Day Down’ Enlists Willie Garson and Patrick Breen for the Artpocalypse

Web Series Spotlight: ‘Whole Day Down’ Enlists Willie Garson and Patrick Breen for the Artpocalypse

Willie and Patrick had an idea — and it was not for a web series. “We should open a gallery…. I have an art history degree. Fuck pilot season. I’m sensing a whole new direction for me….for, ugh, us,” Willie says. “And I can wipe my father-in-law’s face in the excrement of his own mediocrity,” [...]

December 2, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian Features 2