Content Creator's Corner

A video series where author & web series creator Marx Pyle hosts video discussions with the pioneers of web television.

Episode 4: IAWTV Special

In this episode we will be discussing IAWTV news, web television related news, and answering your questions. Joining us this time is new IAWTV Chair Tina Cesa Ward, new board member Tonya Dodds, and (not new but still cool) board member Jonathan Robbins.

HOST:

Marx H. Pyle: Author of "Television on the Wild Wild Web: How To Blaze Your Own Trail" and web series creator. 

GUESTS:

  • Tina Cesa Ward (IAWTV Chair): In 2008, Tina Cesa Ward jumped into the web world and for three seasons she was the Executive Producer/Writer/Director of one of the web’s first hit indie drama series, “Anyone But Me”. “Anyone But Me” has reached over 45 million views across all platforms worldwide and has brought home nearly every industry award, highlighted by Ward (along with Susan Miller) winning the first ever Writers Guild of America Award for Original New Media. In 2012, Ward (along with Susan Miller) took home the IAWTV Award Best Writing in a Drama. Ward has been nominated several times for her directing as well, and in 2013 won the IAWTV Award for Best Directing in a Drama. Other nomination highlights include several Streamy Award nominations and a Webby Award. In 2010 Ward directed the successful first season of the branded web series “Bestsellers”. And in 2011 Ward debuted the critically acclaimed “Good People in Love”, which DIGIDAY calls “…a new milestone for online video series.” In the fall of 2013, “Producing Juliet”, Ward’s newest series made its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival’s WebFest where it received a stand out notice from The Huffington Post. “Producing Juliet” has gathered its own share of award nominations, and in 2015 Ward won the IAWTV Award for Best Writing in a Drama. Ward is working on several new digital projects and also works as a comic book writer. Her second published series is due out later this year.
  • Tonya Dodd: Tonya is the co-founder and president of Clouded Mirror Entertainment. Under that banner, she is the executive producer of the feature film Red Springand the short film Chains of Event. An award winning actress and host, she has appeared in numerous films, TV series, and online series and videos. She is a frequent collaborator with Jeff Sinasac and the award winning director and cinematographer Tom Antos. The three have worked together on web projects such as the viral hit He Said, She Said (aka Dinner Date), ‘Til Death Do Us Part, and The Big Wild North. Most recently, you can see Tonya in Asset the Series as Anya, a ruthless ex-spy, and in the upcoming feature The Control. She is a passionate supporter of independent production and championing the work of truly exceptional creators.
  • Jonathans Robbins: Since 2000, through his company mojopro Films, Jonathan has directed dance films, web series and narrative shorts including the award­winning Your Ex­Lover is DeadThe Beauty of Touch, and the 60's conspiracy thriller Sleep Clinic. His varied skill set has landed him credits in multiple departments such as Director of Photography for the Bravo!FACT What You Eat, which was acquired by the EnRoute Network, and editor of the TIFF­screened comedyFamily First. Jonathan is the creator of the groundbreaking femme fatale web series Clutch, which won him the 2014 Indie Series Award for Directing, as well as being a Streamy and IAWTV nominee, and Webby Honoree. He is co­executive producer and director of the spy thriller series Asset, shot in Prague, which recently won Best Thriller at the Vancouver WebFest. His dance film Gossip currently appears as part of the 2015 Toronto Urban Film Festival. Jonathan is also an actor. He plays Nathan aka Dad in the internationally successful web series Out With Dad, and Bruce in the Sci Fi series Haphead, for which he received double nominations at the 2015 IAWTV Awards. Jonathan has moderated and participated in panels at places such as Marseille WebFest, San Diego Comicon, Rio WebFest and George Brown College.

SHOW LINKS:

Just For Laughs
http://comedypro.hahaha.com/pitch-your-project/

Blade of Honor
http://www.bladeofhonor.tv

Words, Wine and Women
http://www.wordswinewomen.com

Co-Habits: Episode 1 Episode 1: "Laundry Day"
http://bit.ly/CH1_Laundry

Monster Shrink: Dr. Dani's Fireside Vlog
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_Jwt8vkkfQ

The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy: Season 3 Indiegogo campaign
http://bit.ly/makeNPW

JourneyQuest: Season 3 Kickstarter
http://kck.st/1NguAKA

EPISODE 3: social media Marketing for your series

For this episode we are discussing social media marketing for your series (web series, digital series, original series... whatever you want to call it). We have three talented guests joining Marx this time.

HOST:

Marx H. Pyle - Author of "Television on the Wild Wild Web: How To Blaze Your Own Trail" and web series creator. http://marxpyle.com

GUESTS:

  • Angelique Toschi: Angelique Toschi is a social media professional who is active in multiple social media communities. She uses her BA in English from UCLA and MA in Mass Communications, Advertising from Cal State Fullerton to help her create strategies and write social media content for various clients across multiple industries. Some of her current and former clients in the entertainment industry have included The International Academy of Web Television, Transmedia LA, Urbanworld Film Festival, and various web series. She also currently handles social media and corporate communications for Shakey’s USA, Inc. She also writes on Transmedia and Cross-Platform storytelling for the women in entertainment website, Ms. in the Biz (www.msinthebiz.com).
  • Brian Rodda: Brian Rodda has vast experience in viral marketing and has worked passionately in YouTube Strategy and Social Media strategy since 2007. He is a founding member of an aggregator for WGA written web series, and took that experience to found Brian Rodda Consulting in 2011. Brian has worked on promoting numerous notable digital series, including: Husbands (31,143 Subscribers, 2,145,151 views on Youtube) the web’s first marriage-equality comedy, Squaresville (31,401 Subscribers, 1,772,230 views on Youtube) and Whole Day Down ( Starring Willie Garson, Successful 40K+ Kickstarter campaign).  Additionally, Brian has consulted with over 60 content creators to promote and create thriving communities for their properties, including Tello Films and Croissant Man (Vimeo Staff Pick). For the past two years, Brian has been the digital strategist for the 34th and 35th Annual Razzie Awards! Brian Rodda produced and hosted two shows on YouTube in 2014: Tailor Made with Brian Rodda and Digital Natives: Content Creation’s Front Line with over 80,000 views combined on YouTube. When not working with clients, hosting or producing, Brian can be found hiking Runyon Canyon, and exploring new cooking recipes with the exotic south American grain, Quinoa. http://brianroddaconsulting.com/
  • Tom Grey: Tom Grey is an accomplished Producer and Director who had previously worked on a number of reality and scripted network shows before leaping into digital content in 2012 as the Head Producer for legendary comic book writer Stan Lee's YouTube Channel. While working with Stan, Tom created some of the channel's most popular content from the Superhero, Supervillain and Star Wars Speed Dating series, to Stan Lee Parkour, Retro Ads and, of course, the Cosplay Piano Series. His work has been featured in countless blogs and news outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, HuffingtonPost, Gawker, USA Today, and Ain‘t It Cool News. He has received numerous awards such as Best Director from the International Academy of Web Television, Geekie Awards for Best Short Film and Best Web Series, and awards from the Boston International Film Festival, among others. http://www.playerpianomusic.com/

 

EPISODE 2: Writing for web series

In this episode we discuss tips on how to write a successful web series.

HOST:

Marx H. Pyle - Author of "Television on the Wild Wild Web: How To Blaze Your Own Trail" and web series creator. http://marxpyle.com

GUESTS:

 

EPISODE 1: Crowdfunding for Web Series

In this episode we discuss how to use crowdfunding to raise money for your series online.

HOST:

Marx H. Pyle - Author of "Television on the Wild Wild Web: How To Blaze Your Own Trail" and web series creator. http://marxpyle.com

GUESTS:

  • John T. Trigonis - Film Campaign Strategist for crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and author of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers
  • Erica Anderson - Director of Crowdfunding and Community Manager for Seed & Spark.
  • Ben Dobyns - CEO of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, multiple successful Kickstarter campaigns (JourneyQuest Season 2: $113,028 , The Gamers: Hands of Fate: $405,916) and ongoing Patreon campaign ($5,177.24 per month currently)