Last night the excitement in the air was electrifying at the Red Carpet Opening Night Gala for the 4th Annual Independent Television Festival, a week-long festival for independently produced, original and innovative television pilots and web series. ITVFest offers opportunities for web television creators like showcasing their work to a live audience and the chance to pitch development executives that can bring their projects to the next level.
On Monday, August 3 Tubefilter is proudly presenting ITVFest Web Television Day, which features screenings of the Official Web Series Selections from the ITVFest, along with panels, lectures and discussions focusing on the web television industry, including speakers from Next New Networks, MyDamnChannel, KoldCast TV, Fox Television Studios, CBS Interactive, Atom, and FreMantle Media.
Web TV Day is capped off with the official Web TV Day After Party sponsored by Blip.tv and Stella Artois at Hollywood Hotspot Libertine. In addition to free beer from Stella Artois and networking with the winners and distribution executives from the ITVFest, the party will feature a special presentation from Dina Kaplan, Co-founder and COO of Blip.tv, the world’s largest distributor of shows made for the web.
Here’s your complete guide to Web TV Day. Screenings and panels will take place at Laemmle’s Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90046.
Independent Television Festival Web TV Day Presented by Tubefilter – Monday, August 3, 2009
12:00 PM – “Let’s Go Digital” with Brandon Martinez, Digital Agent, Abrams Artists
This intimate coffee talk will allow all particpants the opportunity to ask the questions of this digital agent they always wanted to ask—like what is a digital agent, or how do digital producers really make money?
1:00 PM – “Developing For The Web” sponsored by Unicorn Media
Different mediums require different processes. The process for developing for the web takes into account a variety of different challenges that don’t exist in the television world. Executives from the premier web studios will be on hand to answer questions about how you can sell your project to a studio and start a relationship early. Opportunities are prevalent and people looking to have their web projects funded and distributed by a studio must attend this panel.
- Ilsa Berg, Fox Television Studios
- Ian Friedman, Atom
- Warren Chao, MyDamnChannel
- Next New Networks
- David Samuels, KoldCast TV
- Jigar Thakarar, CBS Interactive
- Marc Hustvedt, Tubefilter
2:00 PM – Web Series Screening
The Lone Wolf – This Channel 101 comedy series from Johnny Borda follows a Hollywood stuntman who loses his memory when the perfect stunt goes wrong and who must embark on a tireless quest through the great Los Angeles area in search for his own identity. The series stars Matt Peters, Bennie Arthur, and Chad Fogland, is directed by Oren Kaplan.
The Clean-Up Crew – This USC film school graduate thesis from writers Tim Dragga & Scott Rickles follows the misfit crew at Frank’s Crime Scene Steam-N-Clean and the hilarious and gruesome world of crime scene cleaning, where “death means dollars.” The series stars Dale Midkiff, Richard Riehle, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Tuione, Chrissy Anderson, Travis Willingham, and Jessica McClendon, and is produced by Tim Kolesk and Tarika Khan.
Imaginary Bitches – Andrew Miller created this inventive comedy starring Eden Riegel about a single woman who deals with the lonely reality that all her friends are busy with serious relationships by creating imaginary friends—who unfortunately turn out to be total bitches caught our eye a year ago as it emerged from the 100-day WGA Strike. The series also stars Elizabeth Hendrickson, Brooke Nevin, Connie Fletcher Staton, Jessalyn Gilsig, Greg Rikaart, Chandra West, Michael Traynor, James Kee, Aaron Staton, Brittany Ishibashi, Sam Page, Billy Aaron Brown, and Charlie Koznick, is written by Andrew Miller with Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price, and produced by Seth Adam Cohen and Judson Morgan.
3:30 PM – “Web TV or TV: Success Stories” sponsored by Tubemogul
It seems all the major studios are using the internet to incubate talent for other projects at the studios. And now we’re seeing the transition more and more. Quarterlife and In the Motherhood were just the start of this incredible opportunity and trend. At this panel we’ll hear from people who have made their Web TV show into a TV show and hear all about what the good and the bad about the transition may be.
- Lindsay Goffman, FreMantle, Secret Girlfriend
- Dan Levy, My Long Distance Relationship
- Benny and Rafi Fine
- David Burch, TubeMogul
- Dina Kaplan, Blip.tv
4:30 PM – Web Series Screening
Operation Midnight Climax – This stylized drama from producers Ramesh Thadani, Juan Reynoso, Zach Jordan and Glenn Sauber explores the CIA LSD experiments conducted in San Francisco brothels during the 1950s. The series stars Meredith Salenger, Todd Cahoon, Quinton Flynn and Stephanie Lemelin. Read our recent coverage for more details.
Psycho Bob – The AV Club‘s Andrew Cochrane has developed an experimental “Sunday comic strip” storytelling technique for this series about the adventures of a psychopath named Bob. The series stars Sean Bury, Marie Lively, Nick Clark, Jesse Jones, Nick Armstrong, Evan Gaustad, Douglas Sarine, Mary Pat Farrell, James Applebury, Mark Rogers, Matt Wyatt, Phil King, Kevin Ford, Jillian Batherson, and is produced by Craig Bauer.
OzGirl – We’ve had our eye on now nineteen year-old Aussie director Nicholas Carlton since the debut of Austrailia’s first lonelygirl-esque social web show back in November. The series stars Sophie Tilson, Shanrah Wakefield and Richard Askin and is executive produced by Darryl Carlton. Catch our recent coverage about OzGirl‘s DVD launch.
6:15 PM – Web Series Screening
Urban Wolf – This mystery web series from Paris-based director Laurent Touil Tartour follows an American tourist in Paris who is pursued and terrorized by a malevolent security camera operator. The series stars Vincent Sze and is executive produced by production company Napoléon Première.
2012 – Los Angeles-based producers Jessica Bertulis, Kamali Minter and Helen Truong present this interactive viral and webisode series abouta techno-geek who embarks on a quest to change the future when he intercepts a series of internet transmissions from the future warning the impending apocalypse. The series stars Kevin Held, Jared Asato, Brit Marling, Neal Xingu Rodl, and Ron C. Patric.
Johnny B. Homeless – New York-based producer-actor Al Thompson presents the story of a professional couch surfer (in fact not homeless but rather just constantly stays away from home to give his girlfriend some space) who has the uncanny ability to help those he comes in contact with and whose couch he crashes on. The series, produced by Kahler R. Hart, Jennifer Westin, and Geoffrey Quan, also stars Kenan Thompson and Kevin Christy, is written by Sherman Payne and Christian Magalhaes and directed by Greg Stees and David Spates.
7:45 PM – Special Screening of “Street Kred”
Justin Kredible—like a magician, only cooler—stars in this magical comedy show that takes you inside the hotspots of magic and leaves you totally mystified.
8:00 PM ITVFest Web TV Day After Party
8210 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046