David S Samuels, CEO of KoldCast.tv
This week I interviewed David S. Samuels, CEO KoldCast.tv, one of the premiere international online networks for web series, short films and documentaries. KoldCast has a very different model and attitude towards content than JTS.tv, whose CEO I interviewed previously. Most shows launch on a combination of networks or premiere on one and move to others. David shares his insights on how to view your show as a business and the future of content consumption on the web.
How does a show end up on your site?
Virtually every show we license has been submitted to us for distribution consideration. At this time KoldCast receives over 125 monthly submissions from filmmakers/producers eager to see their Show on our Network. We curate from this group and select the shows that meet our internal requirements. Out of each group of monthly submissions, we hope to be able to license six to eight shows.
Photo by: Michael Tringe
Streamy nominated writer/ director Scott Brown’s web series Blue Movies has gained over 6 million views on JTS.tv and Virgin Airlines. Scott directed the dramatic web series Asylum, which was acquired by BET digital for a 2nd season and was the director/editor of online content for the Spike TV’s Blue Mountain State . He is currently a producer/director on HULU’s Larry King Now and has a new web series Stockholm, a dark comedy about a kidnapped woman who discovers something unexpected in the dark basement of an insane, yet captivating serial killer.
What lead you to create your first web series, Blue Movies, a PG-13 show about the number two porn company fighting to be number one?
I started making sketches with friends and putting them on YouTube. A friend said, ‘Hey, I have a friend with a studio in the Valley. It has a ton of sets like a grocery store, a hospital, an old vaudeville set. ’ Turned out it was a porn studio. The owner had been buying up old Paramount sets to eventually shoot his own feature, but in the meantime he was filming porn. That inspired me to write Blue Movies, which we shot in that studio.