Should YouTube be more like Traditional TV?

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Companies like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have changed how we watch television. We want to watch what we want whenever we want it and we care much less whether its on a big screen TV or on our phones. We will binge watch an entire season in 2 days or wait months for a new three minute video.

Web innovator Carey Martell wants his online TV platform, Martell TV, to make it easier to find a stream of content you will enjoy on the Internet. He claims his platform will synthesize the best things about cable TV and the best things about Youtube as well as revive local television and allow creators like you to “become your own media tycoon. Build your own version of ABC, HBO or MTV from YouTube videos.” Check out his indiegogo campaign video below. Where do you think media consumption is headed?

5 Minute Episode – Behind the Scenes at the LA WEB FEST

Are you considering attending the LA WEB FEST? Watch my 5 minute behind the scenes episode of Hollyweb – the French series on digital hollywood that I host – and get a taste of what it’s like. It’s HUGE and there are lost of interesting panels and speakers as well as creators from around the WORLD.

BUT – as the creator of the series says himself, it’s like the “Public School” of web series. Almost everyone gets in and there is a HUGE range of quality. The screening rooms are not the nicest and you get a feeling its more quantity over quality.

That being said, it’s a great way to get the word out about your series, garner awards and meet other creators and even festival runners from around the world.

I hope this short vid helps you make the decision that’s right for your series.

xo
Steph

Show Your Willie at the Digital Stage.org!

shakespeare-birthdayShakespeare turns 450 this year and YouTube turns 9. What’s YouTuber Brendan Bradley (Squatters, #WalkofShame) doing about it? Doing what YouTubers do best: Digital Creation and Collaboration!

Brendan’s gift to the bard and the YouTube community is bringing to life 450 of Shakespeare’s best speeches and sonnets collectively upload on The Digital Stage before April 23rd — Shakespeare’s birthday. This will create the LARGEST ONLINE ARCHIVE of performed classical speeches in history!

What an awesome gift! And you can be part of it. SHOW THE YOUTUBE COMMUNITY YOUR WILLIE [SHAKESPEARE]! Join the #Shakes450 collaboration by uploading your own monologue at: http://www.TheDigitalStage.org or by emailing Shakes450 a video at thedigitalstage@gmail.com

 

The Digital Stage is a collaborative channel dedicated to exploring & experimenting with live performance art in the digital space. Check out The Digital Stage on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

What the heck is this project?

Shakes450 is a collaborative transmedia project to collect 450 Shakespeare monologues for his upcoming “birthday”April 23rd. So far I’ve captured almost 100 monologues from actors I’ve worked with online and now it’s up to the audience to send in their own so we can get the rest. My hope is people from all over the world will continue to contribute monologues throughout the year! If we succeed, it will be the largest online compilation of Shakespeare performances on YouTube!

What inspired you to create Shakes450?

I got my start performing and producing in the New York theater scene. After the past few years of producing Webseries, I was itching to get back to my roots and get back on stage. But I wanted to find a way to integrate digital media into live performance. When I was studying in London, for Shakespeare’s birthday, The Globe theater opened their doors and allowed anyone to perform a monologue on stage. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life, performing for three tiers of screaming Brits. So I thought it’d be fun to invite some of the greatest web creators to give it a go and show a side of their work that the YouTube audience rarely gets to see.

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Want a free HD screening of your web series in front of industry pros?

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The 4th Tuesday of every month (Yep, including tomorrow) the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica hosts The Web Show Show.

They screen episodes of six different series on their HD projector for a panel of industry pro judges, who offer FEEDBACK. For example, TOMORROW’S show judges are: Jermaine Johnson from 3 Arts Entertainment, Kristin Gerhart from Cutters LA, and Patrick Raymond from LD Entertainment

Following the pattern of Channel 101, the audience will vote on which creator gets to show another episode at the next screening and they a gift card for something yummy.

It’s FREE to submit your series — none of this festival entry fee crap. And it’s $5.00 to attend.  Bring all your friends and show off your show! Obviously… that would be stacking the votes, but hey, friends are fans too right?

If you’re creating a series, or thinking about creating a series, here’s a great place to go watch and learn how different types of shows play for an audience – what works, what doesn’t, why? You could meet some cool people whose work you really like! You could get a boost of confidence about your own work! HERE’S where you buy tix.

Check out The Web Show Show’s facebook page for more info.

And thanks to Ted Evans of the web series Funemployed for bringing The Web Show to TW’s attention.

Topical Musical Parody Web Series Installment #2: SHOULD I FRACK YOU?


Ever wonder what the F is with fracking? Why are people freaking out on both sides of the aisle? Check out my latest topical musical parody and decide for yourself. It’s called SHOULD I FRACK YOU? — ala Cee Lo Green’s FORGET YOU.

This is part of my mission addressed in THIS POST, that if the powers that be in Hollywood wont let you in the club, create your own club!

Also, if you think this vid is funny or important please share!

xo

Steph

A Chance to Pitch Your Comedy Web Series to Executives at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival

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Just For Laughs Teams With The IAWTV
For the 2014 Edition of Pitch ’Til Your Sides Split:
Web Series Pitch ProgramTo be held at the 7th edition of ComedyPRO
from July 24 – 26, 2014

Submission deadline: May 9, 2014 at midnight (PT)

http://comedypro.hahaha.com/pitch-your-project/
IAWTV and Just for Laughs invite you – the writers, producers, comics and web series creators on the cutting edge of comedy – to present your WEB SERIES in the 1st annual joint pitch initiative, slated for the Just for Laughs ComedyPRO Conference in Montreal, July 24-26, 2014. A maximum of five (5) projects will be selected and presented to a panel of leading comedy industry executives and decision-makers in an open-forum pitch session. Accepted applicants will be given five (5) minutes to present their work to a panel of experts in this unique opportunity and gain unparalleled access to top comedy industry professionals.

NOTE: The TV and Web Series categories are open to applicants worldwide. Members of the selected teams will receive INDUSTRY passes to Just For Laughs ComedyPRO and Festival.

Submission and Eligibility Requirements:Pitch ‘Til Your Sides Split: Web Series Pitch Program 2014

I’m learning too. In the new Hollywood, don’t wait for anyone. Just DO IT!

I made this topical musical parody Let it Go, Putin! (ala Let it Go from Frozen) about Russia’s recent defacto invasion of Ukraine, for an audition for UCB’s Quick & Funny Musicals. I was nervous about getting into the company (still waiting to hear!) because I thought THIS was my opportunity to combine my past life as a musical theater singer with my current life writing comedy and to get to perform again.

But making this audition video made me finally hear what all the creators I interview on this blog always say – You don’t have to wait for anyone. Just do it. – And so whether or not I get in the company, I plan to continue making topical parody music videos, honing my skills and getting better as I go. Like next time I’m gonna figure out how to embed pictures instead of holding up cut outs — that was hard to coordinate while singing! Just wanted to share my little epiphany with all you creators. In the new Hollywood, all you need is a friend with an iphone, smart content, and tenacity. I’m also posting this as a challenge to myself. Don’t give up, just keep creating, we’re all learning as we go.

Ooo and if you like the vid above or think it’s important, share, or subscribe for more topical parodies. Then I’ll REALLY have to make them!

xo
Steph