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MySpace series moves to the other small screen

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 17 Nov 2007 18:49 User comments (3)

MySpace series moves to the other small screen On Friday NBC announced that Quarterlife, a show that originated on MySpace, will be moving to broadcast television next year. It will be the first time a show has made the move from the internet to television.
Although this may be an experiment in adapting talent from the web to traditional media outlets, it's not exactly an amateur production. The show's creators already have many years of experience between them, as well as Emmy awards. However, that doesn't mean it's a Hollywood project. Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick have invested a great deal of money and time into making it successful.

"If there were more people with the (courage) of Marshall who are willing to bet on their own creative vision and finance themselves, then the (business) model becomes something they define," said Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment.

Interestingly, it seems that the show's producers may have seen this coming. Although the show is written as a series of 8 minute webisodes, they're constructed with the intention that several could be combined into a single hour long (standard television) episode.

Source: Reuters

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3 user comments

119.11.2007 9:20

well thats pretty cool!

220.11.2007 1:14

I'm sure "pink" the series will follow, good for them...

But not so good for the writers in WGA, this could be the studio's counterstrike to the WGA, (being the studios counterstrike to a possible strike on 2001 with the invasion of REALITY TV, wich mostly in MHO, sucks)and another could be the beginning of contests or things like it, were studios will get any ideas, plot (even scripts -think of publishing you fanfic- with low or almost no cost to them. i.e. in NBC's "heroes" case, the contest where watchers should suggest the next hero's powers, and now other companies are opening their doors to new artists/writers who aren't in the WGA, and before this month were denied access, funny how that works.

Studios will do a lot of stuff to get new material,ideas and projects without (and before) trying to deal with the WGA, of course it won't work in all cases, but Im sure they will manage to squeeze a series or two making most if not all the profits from them.

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"If there were more people with the (courage) of Marshall who are willing to bet on their own creative vision and finance themselves, then the (business) model becomes something they define," said Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment.
Call it an ice cream cone if it pleases you, but I think I rest my case with that quote.

Question is :

What's an aspiring writer or director supposed to do?

Just A Thought.

What do you guys think?

317.12.2007 5:28

I would really love to see the success rate of this show after it has made its transition and how it does with some of the other shows.

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