Saturday 23rd September 2017,
Televisual

web series production

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 Comments Off on How ‘High Maintenance’ Became the Future of Indie TV

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 Comments Off on How To (Not) Make It In Hollywood

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 Comments Off on Green-lit By The Neutral Net (Ylse)

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 Comments Off on More Than Creative (Squaresville)

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

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

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 Comments Off on A Network for Creatives and Fans

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

It Was An Accident. My Final Word (For Now) on ‘Jack in a Box’

It Was An Accident. My Final Word (For Now) on ‘Jack in a Box’

Jack in a Box is New York City-set sitcom. It won a 2013 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media and was nominated in the same category in 2012. Jack in a Box also won Best Web Series at the 2010 New York Television Festival. It has been featured by numerous media [...]

April 9, 2013 Michael Creighton Indie TV Innovation Series 1

When Work Isn’t “Work” (High Maintenance)

When Work Isn’t “Work” (High Maintenance)

Premiering in 2012, High Maintenance follows a nameless cannabis delivery guy as he delivers much needed medication to stressed-out New Yorkers. It was created by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. They produce the series with Russell Gregory as Janky Clown Productions. Two three-episode cycles have been released. They are currently in production for the next cycle. This [...]

April 4, 2013 Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair Indie TV Innovation Series 1