KoldCast TV wanted to be “the other TV network,” producing serialized original content and distributing it online. In the end, the numbers simply didn’t add up.
Just because it’s on the web, and just because it’s a video game adaptation, doesn’t mean that the second season of the Machinima-distributed, Warner Bros-produced series can’t reach for a higher level of production.
How did the creators of viral hit “Ask A Slave” hit huge numbers in less than a week? The formula involves prominent blog coverage, the current state of American race relations, and the ignorance of tourists.
Easily one of the web series world’s most iconic shows, The Guild ended earlier this year. Creator Felicia Day looks back on the experience, and the book chronicling it.
Jane Austen scholars know “Sanditon” as a posthumously-published unfinished novel, but for Lizzie Bennet Diaries fans, it’s the springboard for a new bridge series that promises unprecedented audience interactivity.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has launched a year-long web series, 82nd & Fifth. In 100 two-minute videos, which will be posted two at a time every Wednesday through December 25, curators talk about “art that changed the way they see the world.”
It’s been common for web series to never make it past a first season. But this year, there are four notable examples of shows continuing their runs, from independent teen dramedies to Jerry Seinfeld chatting with comics.
The web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn got nominated for 8 Streamy Awards today. It’s a big-budget-looking production that could provide insight into what the future of multi-platform video entertainment looks like. In this podcast we talk with the show’s executive producers.
Thanks to public access television, comedian Chris Gethard has found a way to bring the New York alt comedy scene to the web with The Chris Gethard Show, one of the strangest and funniest interactive talk shows you’ll ever see.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries might be one of the most important web content stories of 2012: The YouTube adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has not only secured its financial future thanks to DECA, but has built an intense fanbase for future literary adaptations.
Quality production value and a star-studded cast have propelled the YouTube channel WIGS to the top of the scripted content charts in a short period of time — and proven that there is an audience for adult drama online.
Crowdfunding isn’t just a way for big names to raise cash directly from their fans. Here are some samples of the lower profile projects currently seeking funds on the Kickstarter scene, including a video game/fiction hybrid, a documentary about Calvin & Hobbes and a Soviet satire.
The Fine Brothers have a long-established reputation for trying new things with web content, and this year, they’re using YouTube’s money to create not just a show, but a fully immersive social media experience and a full line-up of shows surrounding it.
Blip is geting rid of more than half of its distribution partners, including a number of Smart TV platforms like Boxee, TiVo, Samsung and Vizio. Blip explained its video producers that it simply didn’t make any revenue with any of these platforms.
The YouTube talent companies that have sprung up over recent years are no stranger to innovation. What was once called The Cloud Media has been transformed into Big Frame, a hybrid production/management company focused on helping creators find their voices and build their audiences.
JTS.tv is launching a subscription video service for independent web series. That will bring ad-free versions of a number popular web series online for the first time ever, with plans to make them available on multiple mobile and other connected device platforms.
The IAWTV hit a major milestone in its evolution this week with the announcement of the first-ever nominees for the IAWTV Awards, honoring excellence in web video content and representing the web series world with a strong mix of independent and professionally-produced content.
As long as there have been web series, people have debated whether the term is inaccurate and derogatory. But when you talk to those working in the industry, it becomes clear that the term is here to stay — and that it’s a good thing.
Premiering this week, Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen is an online-only series in which chefs eliminated from the TV show get a chance to return to the competition. But as a case study in integrating web content into a series, it’s a potential disaster.
Once upon a time, “The Guild” made fun of merchandising — but this year, to support ambitious plans for the show’s fifth season, a number of product placement deals were struck. And some of those deals have transformed into a wide assortment of merchandise available to fans.
Yahoo is doubling down on quality video, relaunching its video site as Yahoo Screen, a hub for original programming including eight new shows aimed at women along with a host of licensed content from Hulu, Discovery, Fox News and others.
AOL has seen a ton of growth in its video properties over the last year, and is looking to bolster that part of its business even more, with a slate of web original content designed to capture viewer attention and steal TV ad dollars.
There is a subtle genius to the latest iteration of Lucas Cruikshank’s popular (in some circles) manic online personality. While FRED evolves as a cross-platform property, the new series Figgle Chat, directed by Bobby Miller, gives his haters someone to cheer for.
Vuguru is one of those rarities in the web content world — a company that has been actively financing and producing web content since 2007 without going out of business, thanks to Rogers Media funding and an approach to creating truly multiplatform content with an international focus.
Over the past few years, a lot has been made of “crowdsourcing” trends. It seem like everything — from graphic design and logos to funding — can be made better, faster, or cheaper thanks to crowd. But can crowdsourcing work for creative content?
If you’ve made one of the most popular films of all time on Hulu, what’s your next move? For writer Stevie Long and director/producer Joel Viertel, the answer was simple: Keep a good thing going. They’re making a series out of hit movie Strictly Sexual.
The Streamy Awards are returning for a third round sometime in 2012, thanks to a partnership with Dick Clark Productions, which wants to build the show into a franchise honoring web content. But after the failure of the 2010 awards, will the Streamys be welcomed back?
While canceled on broadcast TV, daytime soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live will continue to live on online. The strategy of distribution hasn’t been made clear yet, but the bigger question is: Will TV audiences follow those soaps online?
In what might be a first in the digital space, Break Media has signed web actress/writer/producer Taryn Southern to an overall first-look deal, and will work to not just strengthen her brand, but push it out on other platforms beyond the web.
Five years ago today, the first ever video of lonelygirl15 was published on YouTube. Back then, many YouTube users thought lonelygirl15 was just an average teenager — but the character was part of a scripted show, which eventually became the first major web series success story.
What happens in Vegas… may lead to new alliances between web series producers and CE makers: The IAWTV will be hosting its first awards show for web content makers conjunction with the 2012 Consumer Electronics show. It’s also the first post-Streamys awards show for IAWTV.
Suprnova.org used to be the Internet’s biggest torrent site, and it inspired countless others to start sites like The Pirate Bay and Mininova.org. We sat down with the site’s founder to talk about lessons learned from the past and his plans for Suprnova’s future.
In the web series world, success can be tough to define — for every Guild there’s the series that did help its creator land a more prominent gig, or led to a bigger deal. So what are some wins for the space?
A behind-the-scenes book detailing the production of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog has just been released, a few months shy of the seminal web series’ three-year anniversary. But looking back at the last few years, what did Joss Whedon’s “lark” really do for the web video world?
Revision3 published the first episode of its new weekly Lifehacker web series today, produced in cooperation with the popular Gawker blog. The show is just one attempt to tap new audiences, and Revision3’s Ryan Vance said shows targeting sports or car geeks could be next.
The indie series Asylum is off to a very intriguing start on Blip.tv, but while the first season does a great job of hinting at the mysteries lurking in an isolated mental hospital, it ends with little resolution and a definite need for a season 2.
The series Oh, Inverted World represents exactly what I love about covering web original content. While not perfect, it’s a show that resists predictability and features the kind of unique voice that may struggle to find a foothold in mainstream entertainment, but thrives online.
The former Family Matters star’s take on Hollywood’s less glamorous side has solid production value and a great central performance from White. However, while there’s a wry tone that sometimes works in a laughing-on-the-inside way, many of the jokes and plotlines fall flat.
Given how overplayed roommate comedies are in the web series world, a show about wacky dudes who DON’T have an apartment is a definite improvement. Dailymotion’s first comedy is relatively clever and definitely well-produced, despite occasionally feeling like it’s trying too hard for the funny.
It’s hard to get more indie than a show shot on $300 by a team of three friends, and thus give the crown to this five-episode drama, which features great cliffhangers and a cool polish that’ll appeal to any Bannen Way fan.
Set in a Dallas-area comic book store, this independently produced web series about those who sell sequential storytelling features relatively polished technical specs while invoking the best aspects of nerd-oriented comedy favorites like Clerks. But, you know, with comic books instead of coffee.
In the web video world, it usually takes the words “off the record” for a journalist to get any real understanding of…
To get a sense of what today’s production budgets look like, we asked the producers of a web series to share their balance sheet with us and explain how the numbers fit together. Get a peek at the books for a multi-episode comedic web series that was commissioned and financed by the digital arm of a mainstream network.
[show=templife size=large]CJP’s The Temp Life is one of those on-the-nose sponsored series, being as it is a comedy about the abused life…
While Felicia Day and her web series The Guild may have scored a great deal for distribution on the Xbox and other…
Let’s just get this out of the way. Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible was an important (and entertaining) moment in web video. It…
The newspaper industry has been battered over recent years, as people migrate their reading online and sites like Craigslist steal classified dollars.…
When “Lonelygirl15” burst on to the scene in summer of 2006, it seemed to mark a new era in video entertainment. No Hollywood studio, no broadcast network, no big-time producer. Just a group of guys with an idea, some credit cards and a DIY spirit. Despite having achieved a level of fame on the web that arguably no one since has been able to repeat, EQAL, the creator of “Lonelygirl,” is getting out of the original episodic content game to focus on creating digital extensions of existing traditional media properties. And it’s not alone. ABC shuttered Stage9, its web studio, and last fall swore off original productions in favor of web shows such as “Mode After Dark” that support ABC TV programming. If successful players like these don’t see a future in creating original episodic web content, who does? What’s the role of original intellectual property if everyone is looking for the quick hit?
[show=jer3miah size=large] Truth be told, what your average online video fan knows about Mormonism is probably about enough to fill an episode…
[show=lifeafterlisa]Don’t you hate it when you move into your college dorm room only to find out that it was previously inhabited by…
Are those wacky Tiki Bar TV folks drunk? The 4-year old (!) web series launched Tiki Bar TV Club Memberships yesterday (hat…
The upfronts kick off this week. It’s a time when the big broadcast TV networks announce their fall schedules (and get advertisers…
We hit up WonderCon here in San Francisco this weekend to sit down with Zoe Bell and Ed Brubaker (and not at…
TV.com Launches iPhone App; beats Hulu to the mobile punch as the battle between the two premium content portals heats up. (Contentinople)…
Though Charlie’s Angels and Big Fish screenwriter John August’s web pilot The Remnants was beloved by fans and NTV Station alike, as of this writing August…
Bush League.tv, the dude-centric web series/blog launched by Deca in May of last year, was shut down in December. Deca CEO Michael…
The first episode of Sorority Forever, the web series from TheWB.com starring former lonelygirl Jessica Rose, was seen by 1.2 million people…
Before you read this post, promise me that you won’t click away once I tell you what it’s about. Promise? Good. Because…
New media studio 60Frames has launched Red Band Industries, a separate production label aimed at creating edgier, more irreverent fare.
“Easy to Assemble” created by Illeana Douglas, will feature appearances by Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley Jr. and Justine Bateman.
Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog goes live today (go here to buy it on iTunes) with the first of three all-singing,…
Today at NewTeeVee Station, we look at the new 60Frames series Carpet Bros, which features a damn-good-for-web-video cast of Tim Meadows and…
You want to see something scary? SpookyDan of horror movie news site Bloody-Disgusting does. While comedy one-offs get all the attention, horror…
A director friend called to tell me about a new web series he’s working on. We were chatting when he asked “How…
Think of the web series Take Me Back as the Canadian version of Saw. First, it’s created by two dudes from Montreal…