Thursday 23rd October 2014,
Televisual

TV

15 Web Series That Could Be The Next “Broad City”

15 Web Series That Could Be The Next “Broad City”

The season finale of “Broad City” kept it simple: Abbi and Ilana go out to a fancy restaurant in their “fattest” outfits. In “Last Supper,” the two friends decide to treat each other to a luxurious seafood dinner after Abbi makes some money selling one of her cartoons to the world’s worst dating website. What [...]

April 7, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 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

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

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

The Black TV Crisis And The Next Generation

The Black TV Crisis And The Next Generation

In 2011 New York’s Diana Scholl asked Issa Rae if she was planning to turn her hit web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, into a full-length TV show. At the time her first season was coming to a close and Rae, in a pioneering move, had raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter to finish [...]

September 11, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 1

Can Web Series Creators Turn Their Work Into A Career?

Can Web Series Creators Turn Their Work Into A Career?

When Netflix is a leading Emmy contender it looks like TV has been completely disrupted. Thanks to subscribers, Netflix is already HBO. It can pull together generously budgeted dramas, something most other networks like YouTube, who rely on advertisers, don’t have the money to do. But as multiple critics and scholars have pointed out, Netflix’s [...]

August 8, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

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

Where Are The Web TV Critics? (Or, Why I Can’t Review Your Web Series)

Where Are The Web TV Critics? (Or, Why I Can’t Review Your Web Series)

  I’ve been writing about web video since 2009. I’m part of a tiny group of writers who have sustained interest in web television over the years, taking time to interview producers and write about their shows. (Liz Shannon Miller, one such critic, recently compiled a list of sites/publications that do it consistently). Televisual has [...]

May 22, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Indie TV Innovation Series, Video 13

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