Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Article - Beyond Bebo Originals

bebo originals were pretty much the only show in town for proper 2-way web series commissioning in the UK and Ireland... until it was axed last year.

Was emailed this article which picks up on what might happen next...

From C21Media:-
Restructuring at AOL last year hit its social networking site, Bebo, with staff being lost and its Bebo Originals initiative axed. So what's next for original online youth content?

web series producerBebo pioneered the model for online youth drama with ground-breaking content such as KateModern, Sofia's Diary, The Secret World of Sam King and The Gap Year. The demise of its web production arm, Bebo Originals, in November will make it tougher for indies in this sector to survive, according to Nuno Bernardo (left), the man behind Sofia's Diary.

"It makes what was already hard even harder. Bebo was one of the few outlets that commissioned content," says Bernardo, adding that apart from the BBC and new Virgin Media channel Liv, few other UK portals offer scope for online content commissions.

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Zad Rogers, formerly creative director at RDF Digital and founder of Atomized Entertainment... worked with Bebo on series including the site's community review show B-Box... "Bebo Originals was absolutely a catalyst for a whole new way of creating content. What they created in a short period of time, from KateModern (above) to B-Box, was really impressive and it falls to some of the broadcasters to pick up that mantle and start working with brands to commission original content," he says.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Online Web Series - PERFECT SUMMER

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From BBC Wales PS:-
Do you have a problem to shift, want a problem solved, or just have a problem to share? ps is a place where you can tell people about any issues that are on your mind, share experiences about issues that affect your life and offer and gain advice about issues that worry you about your future

Three friends, one camera and a road trip. Tash, her boyfriend Rob and best friend Mel, set out on holiday with hopes of sun, sand, sea and perhaps a bit of love. But 'Perfect Summer' doesn't quite deliver what they were expecting. Tash is pregnant and never gets the romantic sunset she was after in order to break the news to Rob. Instead, the trio find themselves on a madcap journey across Wales that brings them face to face with far more environmental truths than they could have dreamt of. When Rob does finally find out about the baby, Tash is forced to face some hard truths - is she really ready to be a parent? Is the world, with the impact of climate change, really a good place to bring a baby into? And is there anything any of us can do about it?