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Hayden Black, the creator of mock news show Goodnight Burbank, has signed a deal to create a pilot for the new HBO Online, according to an anonymous source. The source tells us the new show’s working title is “Abigail’s X-Rated Teen Vlog” and Black will be […]

Hayden Black, the creator of mock news show Goodnight Burbank, has signed a deal to create a pilot for the new HBO Online, according to an anonymous source.

The source tells us the new show’s working title is “Abigail’s X-Rated Teen Vlog” and Black will be writing, starring, producing, and directing it — oh, and also delivering it by late next week. Black is still in talks with HBO Online regarding picking up his first show, Goodnight Burbank.

Here’s an old favorite Goodnight Burbank episode. The full story, below the jump.

Black, a long-time producer of on-air promos, didn’t “get a break” into showbiz; he made his own break. While taking an improv class, Black heard about a market research report saying podcasting listeners would grow to 60 million people from 11 million people over the next four years. We remember that report; it was by the Diffusion Group, and at the time we said it was “seriously over-optimistic.”

Black had an entirely different reaction. Corralling people from his improv class, he started a video podcast using a free online tutorial.

The show mimics nightly newscasts and the personalities behind them, albeit in compressed 6-minute-long form. Black describes his sense of humor as “not beholden to focus groups.”

“The nightmare I’ve always wanted has finally come true,” Black had told us a few weeks ago, when the opportunities started phoning in. “When I started I said it’d be great to build an audience but I really want to go into television. Now, as the year has progressed, I would be happy to monetize on the internet — or ultimately, both.”

Black joins a group of online video stars that are succeeding on mostly their own terms. Amanda Congdon is also working on a show for HBO Online. Ask a Ninja just signed a deal to monetize its website in a deal worth at least $300K rather than having to take its creativity elsewhere. Former Congdon collaborator Andrew Michael Baron says his Rocketboom made nearly $250K this year.

  1. […] Online. New show’s working title – “Abigail’s X-Rated Teen Vlog” No comments Share/Send Sphere Topic: Reporter’s Log Tags: HBO,Valleywag […]

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  2. It’s like OFFICE meets the DAILY SHOW. LOL!

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  3. Congrats Hayden. Break a Leg!

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  4. “Black said the new show’s working title is “Abigail’s X-Rated Teen Vlog”

    Yay!

    “and he will be .. starring.. it”

    Yikes… as Abigail?

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  5. […] More coverage of Black’s deal at NewTeeVee. Watch Now:      Goodnight Burbank [5:00m]: Play Now | Download document.getElementById(‘podPressPlayerSpace1639labelvideoPlayer16390′).innerHTML=’Hide Player'; document.getElementById(‘podPressPlayerSpace1639′).title = ‘videoPlayer16390′; Rate This Post: Bookmarking links:       Related Topics: Goodnight Burbank, HBO, Making Money with Podcasts, podcaster success stories, podcasting trends, video podcasting Related articles: Ask A Ninja How To Make $300K, Amanda Congdon Moves To ABC, Feeds On The Way, Why Are These People So Happy?, TNC New Media Announces Sale Of EndurancePlanet.com Podcast, More Than 1 in 3 Want Internet TV Now […]

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  6. […] More info about Hayden Black’s deal can be read here. Technorati tags: Podcaster, Podcasting, Video Podcaster, HBO Online, New Media […]

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  7. It’s funny that the vloggers are flowing to TV. I kinda expected the TV shows to flow to the vlogosphere.

    Well, come check me out if you want to watch before I sell out or anything. ;) Just kidding.

    http://www.peoplegeek.tv.

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  9. [...] divergent series called Abigail’s “X-Rated” Teen Diary. This is the show we reported Black was developing for HBO, but the current incarnation does not appear to be affiliated with [...]

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