The director and card-carrying member of the WGA created Who’s On The Line? – a compelling short profiling strikers in their homes and on the Hollywood picket lines – uploaded it to YouTube, posted it on United Hollywood – a writer-run blog that served as a WGA soap box and message board during the strike – and was amazed by how fast it, and other shorts made possible by the strike, spread across the web.
Enticed by laughably low production costs and the notion that they have full ownership of their own creations, Hyoguchi and co. wrangled writers with venerable pedigrees to populate the new site with over 40 original series. Some of what’s in store for the launch later this month includes:
“Global Warming,” starring “Saturday Night Live’s” Kirsten Wiig and “Daily Show’s” Aasif Mandvi;
“House Poor,” created by “Office” writer-producer Lester Lewis;
“Five or Die,” written and directed by horror movie vet Tom Holland;
Exciting stuff, though we’ve seen new media companies brag about their all-star rosters filled with top Hollywood talent and then under deliver. It’ll be interested to see how Strike.tv stacks up.