Steph hosts the French web series Hollyweb produced by Antoine Disle (founder of the Marseille Web Fest) and French bank BNPP. The show goes behind the scenes of the new wave of entertainment: Digital Hollywood. In this super fast, fun episode Steph goes behind the scenes of BBC web series Gigi: Almost American starring Josh Gad.
Producer Antoine Disle of the Marseille Web Fest and French bank BNPP have decided to bring the best of the web to FRANCE! They produce the series HOLLYWEB (I’m the host!) and each week we go behind the scenes of a different Digital show shooting in Hollywood. This week, the hilarious show Gigi: Almost American starring Josh Gad, produced by The BBC, My Damn Channel and comedy troupe: The Lost Nomads.
Learn more about Gigi: Almost American HERE!
The trailer premiered today for my latest gig as the host of Hollyweb, the new series from producer Antoine Disle of the Marseille Web Fest and French bank BNPP. Each week we’ll bring you stories from the front lines of the new Hollywood. Everyone from the biggest studios to first time independent creators is turning to the web to tell their stories. In this series, we explore how these changes are happening and what shows and frontrunners to look out for. Episode 1 premieres OCTOBER 23rd, HERE at welovecinema.fr.
I’m a gung-ho kind of gal, so I tend to answer calls to arms, and this time around, priority is given to people wearing elf ears. In the glossy coffee table book The Guild, The Official Companion Guide, Felicia Day tells the story of how her genre-creating web series came into being, and she does so by merging the fantasy world of online gaming and creative ideas into the concrete world of web series content creation. She also shares how six seasons of the show and its huge following propelled the once infant genre of web series into a revolutionary entertainment platform.
Hard core fans will eat up the play-by- play of character break-downs, costuming, and actor interviews, but Day reiterates again and again that the 150 million viewers, Microsoft endorsement, companion comic books, name guest stars, music videos, and convention circuits came about through the passion of telling a story that hadn’t yet been told. In 2005, Day was an actress who didn’t feel women like her were accurately represented in the entertainment industry. Day took an addiction to the online role-playing game, World of Warcraft and the virtual community she found there and funneled it into the real world with grit and love. Note to all web series creators: read this book.
The thing is the world has changed since The Guild season one first graced computer screens. Since 2005, web series are now represented by SAG-AFTRA and their creation is common enough that the majority seem uninspired. For these, their goal is not to tell a novel story, but vanity projects only looking to nab corporate backing. The online world is a slicker place than it once was, but there has to be more to it than business machinations.
Now running the online web channel “Geek and Sundry”, Day has a multimedia empire and has arrived there on her own terms. She reminds us, “We all have to tell our stories…because that’s your legacy, to show the world your uniqueness…and unless you’re expressing that, you’re doing the world a disservice, because no one else can do what you do. If you have the determination and the bravery to create something…it’s worth doing.” Thank you Felicia and the world of The Guild, challenge accepted. – Jacqui Rêgo
Jacqui Rêgo is an actor/writer in NYC by way of Miami, L.A., Toronto, Montreal, and Rio de Janeiro. Que beleza! Jacqui is Brazilian in a way that leaves her paler then Giselle Bündchen but with genetics only half as German. Clearly a lover of duality, she has two passports and has studied at NYU Tisch School of the Art’s BFA program, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Augosto Boal’s Pablo Picasso UNESCO Award winning vector of social change, also known as the Theater of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro! You may have seen Jacqui preforming in the documentary based on Melvin Van Peeble’s theatrical production of Sweet Sweetback’s Badass Song in Paris’s Sons d’hiver festival and she continues her effervescent rabble-rousing writing personal essays and plays like, “Baby Hubris”. Jacqui has a passion for juicing green things and lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and their 22-year old Persian cat. Her life thesis is: we are all Lena Dunham on the inside. Follow her on twitter @JacquiRego. Check out more web series reviews by Jacqui HERE.
Bernie Su and Hank Green captured the hearts, iPhones, Pinterest pages, Instagram accounts and GetGlue music playlists of teens across America with their 2012 series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which updated Pride and Prejudice to modern life through real-time transmedia storytelling. The series consisted of 9½ hours of content stretched over 160 videos on five YouTube channels plus 35 social media profiles. It earned more than 40 million views, picking up a Streamy Award for comedy writing in the process… Read More…
Let’s face it, nobody wants to spend hours searching the internet for quality web series. It’s annoying enough to search for a good show on our five hundred cable channels. Now we’re expected to find great programming on countless websites and YouTube channels? Which explains why curation is the next big thing in web content, with numerous companies vying to become the trusted brand name in web series curation.
Hey all you web series creators, just wanted to let you know that the International Press Academy has decided to recognize Web Series for the first time at their 18th Annual Satellite Awards.
The deadline for submissions is November 15th, 2013. Check out the press release below for more info. Good luck! – xo Steph
18th Annual Satellite Awards Submission Deadlines
Los Angeles, CA, July 1, 2013 — The International Press Academy (IPA) announces
its schedule for the 18th Annual Satellite Awards, celebrating achievement in Film,
Television, and Digital Media.
Beginning this year, original internet programming is eligible to compete in all broadcast
and cable categories, plus an additional short-format category, provided it meets the
1. All entries must be original programming that is fictional. Original programs from
the reality genre are not eligible.
2. All entries must be Live-Action. Animated original programming is not eligible at
3. All entries must have originated as web content.
4. Entries are eligible to compete in all broadcast and cable categories provided
that they have a regular series episode running time of 20 minutes or more,
they are a mini-series, or a made for television movie.
5. Entries are eligible to compete in the Original Short-Format category provided
they are at least 5 episodes with a regular series episode running time less than
Submissions for original internet programming use the television entry form. Here is the LINK to where you can download the entry form.
The International Press Academy (IPA) is a global association of professional
entertainment journalists representing both domestic and foreign markets in print,
broadcast, and digital media outlets. See www.pressacademy.com for more information.
Tangled Web Feature By Abdi Nazemian
2005: The year NBC’s Will & Grace filmed its last groundbreaking episode and the year Showtime’s Queer as Folk went off the air. Ellen had already proven that an out lesbian could be accepted as a daytime talk show host, and Neil Patrick Harris was one year away from proving that an out actor could be a sitcom star. It was in this climate of rapid change that Viacom premiered Logo TV, the first advertising-supported cable channel targeting the LGBT community. Expectations were high. Logo TV was a promise to the gay community that their lives would finally be reflected back to them on television.
Yeah, so that never happened. Logo instead focused on two things: reality television that makes Honey Boo Boo look like Ingmar Bergman (with the exception of the wonderful RuPaul’s Drag Race) and reruns of shows like Daria, Roseanne, and The Golden Girls (all great shows, but haven’t we already seen those on straight networks?). They never created the gay Mad Men, the gay Homeland, or the gay Sex and the City. (And no, Sex and the City doesn’t count as the gay Sex and the City.)