Web series and web video bits from around the internets worth clicking today:

Aaron Bleyart - Conan staffer

Riese has inked a deal with Fireworks, a division of ContentFilms, to distribute the steampunk-infused drama web series. Fireworks is the same firm that is distributing MTV New Media’s (and Electric Farm’s) Valemont as well as Endemol UK’s sci-fi series Kirill for international television. They also released much-awaited Chapter 2 (aka season 2) online yesterday (above). New cast members in the season include Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary), Emilie Ullerup (Sanctuary), Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Gallactica) and Allison Mack (Smallville). [Riese]

Ex-Conan O’Brien staff writer Aaron Bleyaert is in fact developing his own web show with fellow axed Tonight Show staffers, but it won’t be affiliated with Conan or his former show, despite what TMZ might say. [Screenology, BAM! BAM! BAM!]

Live video streaming site UStream scored $75 million in additional capital in their latest investment round by Softbank Corp, Japan’s third-largest mobile operator. The cash will be used to grow the service internationally in mobile-heavy countries like Japan, China, Korea and India. [Bloomberg]

The Indie Soap Awards honored some online dramas when winners were announced online last night. While we’re not sure what exactly constitutes a soap anymore, there were some impressive web originals who came out with honors. Anyone But Me took down 4 awards including best writing for Susan Miller and Tina Cesa Ward. Craig Frank and Taryn O’Neill scored best acting awards for Compulsions, which also netted a total of 4 awards. BET.com’s Buppies took two awards, and Diary of a Single Mom (below) won best indie soap. Also honored: Chick, Venice, Anacostia and Seeking Simone. [We Love Soaps]

Just for fun: BBC 4’s Newswipe host Charlie Brooker breaks down every single network news report in one simple video (below). [YouTube]

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