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Produce Your Own Internet Series

Have an idea for a TV show but don't have the budget or the connections to get it made? Web sitcom producer Thom Woodley shows how you can make an online show that gets noticed.

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  2. How Thom Started Out (11:35) 11:35 FREE!
    "The Burg" started with an idea for a TV pilot and turned into a successful internet series. Using short teaser videos on YouTube, Thom built press for his show before it even launched. It's possible to do a successful shoot with no budget, and Thom tells you how he did it. Hint: a combination of no sleep and lots of friends makes a difference.
  3. What Does Hollywood Want? (12:43) 12:43 FREE!
    Thanks to Thom's early press, Hollywood quickly came calling. In this segment, you'll hear about how Michael Eisner picked up The All-For-Nots, and how it changed Thom's initial plans for a gritty rockumentary into a professional HD production.
  4. Prove Your Concept (20:45) 20:45 FREE!
    In order to get investors and advertisers, you'll need a proof of concept. How to start? Make an episode! Thom talks about some of the challenges of internet video, including cost and space, touching on Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along blog and his own new series All's Faire. Thom also discusses some of the financials, including CPM pricing, product placement and working with content bundlers to monetize a project.
  5. Indie Internet vs. Hollywood (21:03) 21:03 FREE!
    Hollywood wants in on internet video. What happens as big stars enter the market? How do independent content producers compete? How does the "production triangle" of cheap/fast/good affect internet production? How do you promote your own internet series? How can your audience help? Thom has the answers.

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Thom Woodley's web sitcom, The Burg, was one of the first and most critically acclaimed webcoms. In an interview with's Carmen Scheidel, the Brooklyn-based filmmaker discusses how he turned his idea for a TV pilot into a successful online series (with zero budget!). He'll tell you what to do to create and promote your series and how to get the attention of investors, advertisers, and Hollywood.


4 videos
1 hour, 50 minutes total running time

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