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WGA strike gives rise to new web series

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 18th 2009 11:02AM
The WGA strike caused trouble in Hollywood, but might've created top web series.The painful writers strike of several months ago could prove a boon to the development of a new web TV channel packed with original content.

The months long Writers Guild of America strike that began November 1 of 2007 touched off a storm from which Hollywood still hasn't recovered. It slowed not only the production of new TV shows but the purchase and development of fresh material. The jury is still out on whether the settlement agreement that ended it all accomplish much for writers -- or merely set-up another strike in 2011.

Reports say, during the work stoppage, a group of top-shelf TV creators decided to step out of the traditional production model and develop material just for the web.

The resulting channel, Machinima, features web series pilots from individual TV writers and teams from shows like The Simpsons and SNL. The five 4 1/2-minute Internet shorts can be edited into a 22-minute pilot if TV networks get interested.

It's no scoop that "online" is the future of TV. But the strike forced successful TV talent to jump into the arena sooner than they would have otherwise. The end result means web series are evolving into a legitimate art form faster than the studios can figure out how to profit from them.

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RobynM

They didn't create Machinima.com, they've simply licensed a channel from them.

Machinima.com is already well-known in the online gaming community, so this could be a good thing for the writers in question.

June 19 2009 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Wow, that's a bad name for a site. Unpronounceable. You'd think writers could have done better.

June 18 2009 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Butters

Seems pretty easy to pronounce to me.

Machin-i-ma

June 18 2009 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Courtney

Your timeline is a little off. The WGA strike was in November/December of 2007. Definitely not last year. And I feel like the launch of new media on the web started last summer--or at least became big--with the success of Dr. Horrible. Add in shows like The Guild or TheWB.com's new series, and this is definitely something that's been in the works a while. True, the WGA strike was a big part of it, but I don't think this is new news.

June 18 2009 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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fritzkreig

actuall the strike lasted untl feb. 12 2008, your timeline seems off to me

June 18 2009 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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