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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

How YouTube Plans to Fight the Netflix Wave

How YouTube Plans to Fight the Netflix Wave

With Netflix dropping $4 million for each episode of House of Cards, YouTube is suddenly seeing a lot of well-heeled competition for original programming. Of course, through its premium channel initiative, Google’s network has been investing as well. Machinima, its most premium channel, recently inked a deal to incubate films with the likes of Ridley Scott. But YouTube didn’t grow into [...]

March 20, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

Can My Damn Channel Grow Into YouTube’s Biggest Comedy Network?

Can My Damn Channel Grow Into YouTube’s Biggest Comedy Network?

Online video is comedy, and as the market grows, comedians and indie TV creators are getting more buyers for their shows and videos. Today comedy network My Damn Channel announced a big effort to buy up “hundreds” of comedy shows over the next year. The company’s effort may make it, if not the first, potentially the biggest [...]

January 31, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

YOMYOMF: The Web’s Most Diverse Channel

YOMYOMF: The Web’s Most Diverse Channel

The final version of this post is on Slate‘s Future Tense blog. The LAPD has assigned Bobby, a rookie, to a new squad—a ragtag group of young-ish people who have time-traveled from the ’80s and are undercover in the present day. In the first episode of Squad 85, Bobby meets the Chief, a white man who has been [...]

January 7, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

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

YouTube’s Fading ‘Halo’

YouTube’s Fading ‘Halo’

An edited version of this essay is published on Slate. Before I watched Machinima’s cinematic new series, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, I had to look it up on Wikipedia. Halo ranks among the most successful game franchises in history, and Forward Unto Dawn among the most expensive web series to date, but I’m not a gamer. Unless [...]

November 11, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 1

Mapping the Video Market, and Where Crowdfunding Fits In

Mapping the Video Market, and Where Crowdfunding Fits In

Published at Hacktivision. Below you’ll see a map of the digital video ecosystem, as created in a keynote conversation at the New York Television Festival, assembled by Paul Kontonis, head of the IAWTV. I’ve found there’s a lot of demand for maps of what’s going on online. And it’s easy to see why: it’s complicated! The graph above [...]

November 10, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

‘Broad City’ Team Talks Transitioning From Web to Comedy Central

‘Broad City’ Team Talks Transitioning From Web to Comedy Central

Posted at Tubefilter. When I first ran into Abbi Jacobson at the New York Television Festival last month, I didn’t know what to expect. Jacobson was unassuming and humble. You’d never know she and creative partner Ilana Glazer were mere weeks away from shooting a pilot for a sitcom on Comedy Central based on their cult web series Broad City and executive produced by comedy queen Amy Poehler. If [...]

November 10, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

As Budgets Grow, Web Television Slowly Earns Attention

As Budgets Grow, Web Television Slowly Earns Attention

Final version published at Sparksheet. Americans have so many entertainment choices it’s remarkable anybody watches anything. Blockbuster ratings and opening weekends are fewer and farther between. Nothing much “pops” anymore. Web networks grew up in this environment and learned to survive in it without breaking the bank. Companies like YouTube thrived by harnessing amateur/independent production [...]

October 10, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

YouTube, Amazon and the Debate Over Scripted Vs. Reality Web Series

YouTube, Amazon and the Debate Over Scripted Vs. Reality Web Series

Originally posted at Hacktivision. As long as we’ve had streaming video, we’ve debated the merits of scripted versus non-scripted video. First lonelygirl15 was popular, then Charlie Bit My Finger. LG15 producer EQAL bailed on producing pre-written programs, but then web series started to find success. It’s been years of mixed signals. Generally, scripted content requires more attention: [...]

October 9, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0