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We’ve gotten word that Strike.TV, the delayed network of shows put together by Hollywood types during the writers’ strike, will launch a private beta next week. If you want to get in on the beta, sign up by Monday on the landing page. STRIKE.TV behind-the-scenes: HOUSE […]

We’ve gotten word that Strike.TV, the delayed network of shows put together by Hollywood types during the writers’ strike, will launch a private beta next week. If you want to get in on the beta, sign up by Monday on the landing page.

STRIKE.TV behind-the-scenes: HOUSE POOR from StrikeTV on Vimeo.

Strike.TV will offer web shows from the likes of Saturday Night Live, The Office, The Daily Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and more. Here’s the line-up that’s been released. There’s lots of blog posts and behind-the-scenes footage from the shows here (see a promo above by Mindy Kaling, who BTW was a senior at my college when I was a freshman, which kind of makes me feel like we have a connection even if we don’t, but I still watch all her stuff).

We don’t quite know what the hold-up is, or why everything needs to be released at the same time — c’mon, if you need tech help I’m sure you could find a better platform than LiveJournal! — but I’m sure I’m not the only one who’ll be watching to see what these stars can do on the web.

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  1. I have some doubts about Strike.tv. I know there’s this subtext to stick it to the big networks, but in the end it doesn’t seem like it’ll have any traction, given that the scribes are back in full swing and networks are giving more attention to web content anyways (i.e. The Office webisodes.)

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  2. Liz,

    Maybe a little clarification will help the gentleman above and your other readers. We plan on releasing the 40 shows over a period of weeks with 5 debuting the first week. Each week new shows and additional episodes will go live.

    Live Journal will disappear as the main blogging platform as soon as the site goes public. I will breathe a propellerhead’s sigh of relief when all the new systems go online.

    Regarding the writers and site traction – I joined the strike.tv team three weeks ago to help on the technology side. The writers I have met since are very supportive of the site and will continue producing content for the site as opposed to turning away from their projects on strike.tv. They like the freedom to get work out there with far less red tape and marketing justifications. We anticipate more writers joining the site rather than fewer.

    I think most people realize that networks will become more dominant online as net video continues to shift from a young early adopter UGC vehicle to a more mainstream TV alternative/companion. But, this is no way indicates future network domination. I happen to personally agree with analysts who predict a convergence culture style mix of traditional and new media. STRIKE TV seems to fall at the juncture between the head and the long tail. Some content will appeal to niche audiences with dedicated online fans similar to other viral hits. Other shows will give well known writers and actors a place to produce shows that will attract large audiences familiar with the creators.

    It’s been a great three weeks and a lot of progress has been made in technology areas. This is a good group of people doing some superior work. We’ll have everything in place by our Sept. 8th public launch.

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  3. Wow. Wikipedia says she graduated in 2001. You must be really young! Good for you.

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  4. [...] Talks Hits and Hollywood Since Strike.TV is knee-deep in its private beta, and since Liz and I are in L.A., we thought it would be a perfect time to drop in on its CEO, [...]

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