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Pink and Green Storyland

22nd February 2011 by Maura McHugh

Storyland 2011RTÉ has launched the first round of voting in StoryLand, a competition for the best online drama series voted for by the public.

The first episodes from the four entries in the Pink group are now online, and voting is open until 2pm, Tuesday 1 March . Only one series can be voted for in each round.

Next Wednesday 2 March the first episodes from the four entries in the Green group will go online.

Each round the series with the least number of votes will be eliminated and the three remaining series will be commissioned to make episode two.

After two episodes the remaining series from both groups will go head to head.

The Pink Group short-list is:

  • The Outlaw Concy Ryan. Writer – Molly O’Driscoll; Director/Co-Producer – Ivan McMahon; Co-Producer – Francis Ryan
  • Street Cobra. Writer/Director – Joseph Burke; Producer – Cian Hallinan
  • Lucky Run. Writers – Colm Cafferkey, Michéal Donnellan & Eamon de Staic; Director – Colm Cafferkey; Producers – Deirdre de Grae and Eamon de Staic
  • Free House. Writer/Director – Eoin Cleland; Producers – Jessica Duggan and John McKeown.

Original Web Content Develops

11th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

There’s an interesting article on The New York Times about how made-for-web original drama and comedy seems to be finally developing its place and market.

According to the measurement firm comScore, 86 percent of Internet users in the United States now watch at least one online video a month. Some of those shows originate on traditional TV, something that Hulu specializes in; others originate online, and that portion is growing.

“There’s an inevitability to Web video that makes it exciting,” said Rob Barnett, the chief executive of My Damn Channel, which features original comedy and music shows.

Reaffirming its belief in made-for-the-Web programming, YouTube last month announced $5 million in grants for online producers. The grants will seed new content for YouTube, a unit of Google, which has largely failed to persuade big television networks and studios to place TV episodes and films on the site. Encouraging more professional Web video is another way for YouTube to expand its inventory for advertisers.

Despite the evidence that viewers are eager to watch more on the Web, the recession was an ugly reality check for purveyors of such programming, and many start-ups were closed. At My Damn Channel, Mr. Barnett hunkered down, trimmed staff and took solace in the fact that he was seeing repeat business from his existing advertisers like Southern Comfort and HBO, even though he was struggling to add new ones. Now, he says, venture capital will allow him to hire more advertising sales staff, add business development workers and broaden the types of shows he creates.

“I often think of my daily business life as a guy running a cable network in the early 1980s,” at the dawn of that medium, Mr. Barnett said. “There is, no matter how you slice it, a timeline for any new industry to grow.”

Storyland II: Final 2

20th April 2010 by Maura McHugh

The final two series in the RTÉ Storyland competition are:

  • Zombie Bashers, written by Stephen Shields and directed by Conor McMahon
  • We Own the Streets, written and directed by Alan Kavanagh

Storyland II: 3 Winners

24th March 2010 by Maura McHugh

The results of the voting in the latest round of the RTÉ Storyland webisodes are in:

1. Zombie Bashers
2. We Own the Streets
3. Butchers
4. Mariana

The top three projects will advance to the next round, and another episode of their series.

Storyland II: 3

15th March 2010 by Maura McHugh

The third episodes of the four remaining projects in RTÉ’s Storyland competition are now online.

Vote for your favourite, and the results will be announced on Tuesday the 23rd March.

The top three shows will then progress on to a fourth episode.