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Sherman Oaks TV Series Creator Minting Brave New Distribution Model

There are number of remarkable things to note about Jon Hotchkiss’ science-experiment TV series This vs. That: he turned down deals with a couple of U.S. networks in favor of funding the program himself; he edits on a pair of Avids in his Sherman Oaks garage; and his triumvirate of male hosts connects to everything from Improv comedy to the old FOX game show Studs.

But most remarkable of all is the fact that Hotchkiss has already sold his first batch of six one-hour episodes to TV channels in a dozen countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Israel among them). With the program now set to make its unconventional U.S. debut.

“I’m likely going to go with Vimeo in January,” Hotchkiss tells FishbowlLA via telephone of his American roll out plans. “They have a new platform that allows content creators to set their own price. And they are taking 50% less money than iTunes.”

“I’m still figuring out pricing, but what I’m thinking is something like giving the first part of each episode for nothing and then, if viewers want to see the rest, they can pay a dollar or two. For people like me to get original content out that is at the same level of what would be on a TV network, consumers have to pay something. But the good news is that it doesn’t need to be a lot.”

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Playboy TV Answers Everything Their Viewers Always Wanted to Know

Exactly 40 years ago, Woody Allen gifted the world with the comedy Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask. This weekend, Playboy TV will debut The Truth About Sex. A.k.a. everything their subscribers wanted to know about sex and were definitely not afraid to ask.

According to the press release, burning questions to be truth-tested will  include: Does male foot size really correlate? Is there a scientific explanation for “beer goggles?” And are blonde women more sexually adventurous?

The ten-part series was executive produced by Jon Hotchkiss, former showrunner of Emmy-winning Showtime series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!:

“Sex is exhilarating and fun, or so I’ve read on the Internet. It’s also complicated and confusing. With this new series, I’m thrilled we’re able to clear up the complications, debunk the misinformation, and still give Playboy TV’s audience what it desires: facts. Naked facts.”

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