Alison Willmore: '"Mob City," TNT's miniseries from writer-director-executive producer Frank Darabont set in 1940s Los Angeles, premieres this Wednesday, and the network's trying out an unusual experiment to promote the three-week series -- an "adaptweetion" (their word!) in which the script for the first episode will be adapted for and published through Twitter."
Adrienne LaFrance: 'Donald Trump may be a Wall Street Journal reader, but the Journal is not a brand that immediately evokes the style of Trump’s long-running reality show The Apprentice. And yet the Journal is experimenting with its own interpretation of the genre, having just completed a 20-week first-season run of its Startup of the Year online show — a contest that the Journal calls an “interactive crash-course in entrepreneurship.”'
Nicole LaPorte: "Neal Baer [executive producer of Under the Dome,] Mark Burnett [executive producer The Voice, Survivor, The Bible,] and Greg Yaitanes [executive producer and director, Banshee] explain their Twitter habits--and why it pays off."
Jennifer Miller: "For years we’ve tuned into Breaking Bad, Homeland, or Dexter and watch really horrendous things happen. Blood splatters as Dexter plunges his knife. Walter White hacks up bodies and cooks meth" ...
The Digital Rocking Chair's insight:
A study to confirm what good storytellers intrinsically know ....
Simon Staffans: "As online is becoming increasingly important for content creators, both as a way to tell stories, to reach customers and to gain new revenue, the challenges of working in a new environment are becoming apparent to many people in the television industry."
"Television used to be one of America’s biggest exports. But the internet is bringing content from Asia, India and the Middle East into U.S. homes – and new advertising opportunities along with it, reports TV columnist Maura McWalters."
Danielle Desjardins: "In this new interconnected and heavily cluttered media context, the first thing broadcasters must do is come up with a formula that will enable their content to rise above all the noise" ...
Gary Hayes: "TV Broadcasters are fighting dwindling audiences overall (apart from great golden age US drama & singing talent shows of course) and struggling to come up with great multiplatform strategies to help reach and re-connect audiences to TV shows? Why is this?"
Charlie Jane Anders: "Television has always been a medium that broke the walls of reality. From its earliest days, television shows "came into your living room." So it's not surprising that television has always dabbled in metafiction, fourth-wall-breaking and transrealism. Here are the six types of "meta" storytelling on television."
Joe Berkowitz: "Perhaps no other cultural artifact is packed with as many hidden and recurring jokes as Arrested Development. Series creator Mitch Hurwitz reveals how he and his team put more information on-screen at any given moment than the untrained eye could possibly observe."
Susan Karlin: "In Defiance, the Syfy cable channel and Trion Worlds gaming company tackle a never-before-tried $100 million transmedia experiment--a crossover TV show and an MMO game that are interdependent and independent of one another. Showrunner Kevin Murphy tells us how he straddled the two worlds."
The Digital Rocking Chair's insight:
There's been a lot of buzz about this project, and a lot of articles about its gaming aspects. But now, articles are starting to appear which give insight from a television perspective. Here's a good one.
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