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a look at the creative and technical worlds of immersive storytelling
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Defiance: The Agony and Ecstasy of Codeveloping An Integrated TV Show-Game Experience [#Transmedia]

Defiance: The Agony and Ecstasy of Codeveloping An Integrated TV Show-Game Experience [#Transmedia] | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

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."

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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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SyFy and Trion launch Defiance transmedia experience

SyFy and Trion launch Defiance transmedia experience | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Peter Smith:  "Defiance is both a TV series and a video game, designed to support each other. The game launches today, the TV series in two weeks."

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In case you've missed all the coverage to date, here's an excellent article explaining what the transmedia experience called Defiance is all about.

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How Syfy Turns TV Shows Into Social Phenomenons

How Syfy Turns TV Shows Into Social Phenomenons | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Brian Anthony Hernandez:  "Syfy is striving to keep pace with viewers’ ever-changing TV viewing habits, concocting interactive digital and social tactics. An exec details the strategies on Mashable" ...

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Truer words ... " we have to make sure we're on the top of our game when it comes to social, because if it feels like we're faking it, the audience will know right away."


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Pamela Bartar's curator insight, March 10, 2013 6:23 AM

added value ! ?....

Luca Brigada's curator insight, March 18, 2013 6:56 PM

"Ideally before any show begins production we'll sit down with our TV development team, the show's creators and our marketing and digital teams to kick around social ideas and discuss what we think makes the most sense for that particular show. We focus on ideas that complement the show's content, that will have a wide reach and that are technically feasible to achieve.

Our major emphasis is that any social TV content has to feel organic to the audience and authentic to the show, not like it's a force fit, because that's not fun for anyone. We'll discuss dozens of ideas and then hone in on the one that makes the most sense. Sometimes that's a variation on something we've done before, but most often it's something that no one has tried before. Those are the most gratifying."

Wesley Cox's curator insight, November 11, 2014 1:16 PM

They have been making shows that tend to be relateable.  It must get them more viewers to make more interesting, real shows 

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Serial Thriller

Serial Thriller | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Megan Garber:  "From literature to appointment television, episodic storytelling is flourishing" ...

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And, at the opposite end of the scale from binge viewing ... is episodic storytelling.  It's interesting to compare this with the recent release of 'House of Cards' on Netflix.

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Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, February 24, 2013 1:41 AM
Thriller série

Megan Garber :   " De la littérature à la télévision rendez-vous, la narration épisodique est en plein essor "...


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Deanya Lattimore Schempp's curator insight, February 24, 2013 9:46 AM

Flash fiction attention spans get their audiences.  I'm personally hooked on the new WIGS channel on YouTube, where most episodes are between 4 and 8 minutes long.

 

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, February 24, 2013 1:56 PM

Okay, how many of you had this song immediately come to mind? http://youtu.be/nUP9A5IS-vo ;

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Binge-viewing is transforming the television experience

Binge-viewing is transforming the television experience | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
Dawn C. Chmielewski "Services like Netflix and Hulu let fans watch multiple episodes or even entire seasons of shows all at once, giving life to new series such as 'House of Cards.'"
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Yep, count me in!   I'm definitely a fan of binge viewing.

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Eileen Marable's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:46 AM

I'm all for it! Keeps the story arcs fresh in my mind!

 

Cultureel Persbureau's curator insight, February 4, 2013 4:35 AM

De term 'Binge-viewing' is eigenlijk wel grappig: net als het achteroverslaan van ettelijke kratten bier en wodka ineen zuipkeet comazuipen heet, is het kijken van een hele serie op een dag een vorm van comakijken. Wij doen het in ieder geval regelmatig en er is geen betere manier om de boze buitenwereld buiten te sluiten dan dat. Wat vind jij?

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, February 12, 2013 4:39 AM

After watching the first 5 episodes I'm impressed.

I do like the style and i find it top entertainment. 

4 out of 5 stars from me and my family. 

Love it:-)

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How to Tell if a TV Show is Probably Not Going to End Well

How to Tell if a TV Show is Probably Not Going to End Well | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Charlie Jane Anders:  "Many of us have commitment issues with television, because we've been burned so many times by weak or overblown endings" ...

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Yep, I can definitely relate to the disappointments expressed in this article. (LOL)

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How to disrupt television – six tips to start you off

How to disrupt television – six tips to start you off | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Simon Staffans:  'During the eight years I’ve been working in the television format field, I’ve nearly lost track of all the people who’ve claimed they were going to ”disrupt television”' ...

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There's a lot of interest in television at the moment ... I guess it's because of all the great storytelling to be found there ... if you know where to look, that is :)

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How Dan Harmon Drives Himself Crazy Making Community

How Dan Harmon Drives Himself Crazy Making Community | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Brian Raftery:  "Dan Harmon drives himself crazy making Community, the most brilliantly weird comedy on TV."

The Digital Rocking Chair's insight:

An indepth look at the gensis of a great show, and a peak at the unique creative process behind it.

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The Connector: Meet The Woman Behind HBO’s Social Scene

The Connector: Meet The Woman Behind HBO’s Social Scene | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Christine Champagne:  "HBO’s head of social media marketing, Sabrina Caluori, talks about the evolution of HBO Connect and social TV."

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A look at HBO's strategy for brand extensions and audience engagement in the social media space.

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The second screen explained: What it is and how it works

The second screen explained: What it is and how it works | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Adam Poltrack:  "You've probably been hearing a lot about the "second screen" lately, but do you understand what it is and what it means for the future of televised entertainment?"

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A straightforward, yet in-depth, explanation of the second screen "phenomenon".


Tags:  Multiscreen, Second Screen, Social TV, Television

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Nicolas Moulard - Actuonda's curator insight, December 27, 2012 6:30 AM

add your insight...

Brad Tollefson's curator insight, January 3, 2013 1:42 AM

Multitasking meets emersion...

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How Television Got To Be So Damn Good

How Television Got To Be So Damn Good | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Christine Champagne:  '“Oh, I don’t watch television.”Remember when your pretentious friends used to say that? You don’t hear it so much these days.'

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An interview with Alan Sepinwall, the author of The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever.

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Simon Staffans: TV and crossmedia: It’s getting there!

Simon Staffans: TV and crossmedia: It’s getting there! | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Simon Staffans: "Now broadcasters expect projects to have cross- or transmedia elements, how can producers be prepared? Look no further" ...

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Will storytelling take social TV’s center stage in 2013?

Will storytelling take social TV’s center stage in 2013? | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Jacob Shwirtz:  "As social TV continues to evolve, with more start-ups, more consolidation and broader impact on our industry, it seems appropriate to take stock of 2012 and try to foresee what 2013 has in store for the hottest buzzword in the media industry."

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Why We Love TV’s Most Deeply Flawed Characters

Why We Love TV’s Most Deeply Flawed Characters | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

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" ...

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A study to confirm what good storytellers intrinsically know ....

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, April 7, 2013 5:55 AM

Makes for an interesting read

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The Nielsen Family Is Dead

The Nielsen Family Is Dead | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Tom Vanderbilt:  "From Game of Thrones to the new Arrested Development, television is better than ever. And it's not just a lucky accident. Turns out that networks and advertisers are using all-new metrics to design hit shows."

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A look behind the curtain: "the new rules of the hyper-social, data-driven, actor-friendly, super-seductive platinum age of television".
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Tom Brehme's curator insight, March 22, 2013 12:20 PM

Interesting article regarding the influence social media has on programming. 

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USA Network Exec Jesse Redniss Explains How New Game Engages Psych Fans (Q&A)

USA Network Exec Jesse Redniss Explains How New Game Engages Psych Fans (Q&A) | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

John Gaudiosi:  "Building on the success of the Emmy-nominated, fan favorite HashTag Killer, SocialSector.usanetwork.com centers around an online reality competition in which contestants are sequestered in an unknown location and one contestant is voted off each week."

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A great look at how lessons learnt from Hash Tag Killer informed the development of Psych's new second screen experience, The S#cial Sector.

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Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, February 26, 2013 12:00 PM

Love the name #Hashtag Killer

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What everyone is saying about Netflix's 'House of cards' ...

What everyone is saying about Netflix's 'House of cards' ... | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Fiona Milburn:  "As a fan of "binge" viewing, I've been very interested in reactions to Netflix's House of Cards.  Here's a selection of articles discussing the impact of its "all at once" release strategy on the future of content consumption" ....

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'House of Cards' On Netflix: Inside Intel on Kevin Spacey's Dark Drama

Maureen Ryan’s conversation with Beau Willimon about “the project's genesis, its differences from the British original, and the filmmakers' approach to storytelling on this platform.

 

Release of 13 Episodes Redefines Spoiler Alert

Brian Stelter:  “This article about “House of Cards” contains no spoilers.  That notice seems necessary, since Netflix’s all-at-once release of the Kevin Spacey political thriller series last Friday has raised a thicket of questions. Chief among them: how can viewers who binged on all 13 episodes in one sitting talk about the show without ruining the season for others who might wait weeks or months to watch it?

 

Netflix's House of Cards invites TV viewers to binge – but are we ready?

Mark Lawson:  “Two decades after the original aired, TV is finally delivering on the promise to let you watch shows on your own time” …

 

Is ‘House of Cards’ a success? Social TV has the answer

Natan Edelsburg:  “After all the hoopla around the midnight, entire season launch, was House of Cards actually a success? Netflix says yes, but isn’t revealing the numbers. Social TV on the other hand paints a very clear picture” …

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Trion and Syfy redefine licensing with Defiance

Trion and Syfy redefine licensing with Defiance | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Steve Peterson:  "Trion SVP Nick Beliaeff on how this game and TV show developed together."

The Digital Rocking Chair's insight:

An interesting look at the business model behind Defiance.


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The Buzziest Thing at Film Festivals? It Might Just Be TV

The Buzziest Thing at Film Festivals? It Might Just Be TV | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Alison Willmore "[...] as the fuzziness between TV and film increases, with filmmakers moving more frequently between the two mediums and small screen storytelling beginning to catch up with big screen scope and ambition, will the invasion of TV projects into territory that was previously the domain only of movies become a more common thing?"

The Digital Rocking Chair's insight:

Cool!  Jane Campion's six-hour television miniseries, Top of the Lake is screening in a single session at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, January 22, 2013 10:10 PM

A welcome development !

 

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TV, The Thinking Person’s Entertainment of Choice

TV, The Thinking Person’s Entertainment of Choice | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Alissa Quart:  "By pulling us away from Twitter, texts, e-mails, pointless videos and all the other technological distractions demanding attention, “Homeland,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” provide a coherent (albeit sometimes disturbing) refuge from our fragmented lives."

The Digital Rocking Chair's insight:

An interesting look at why good television is beginning to look a lot like the serialized novel of the 19th century.

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Exploring SyFy’s Transmedia Project ‘Defiance’

Exploring SyFy’s Transmedia Project ‘Defiance’ | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Alan Robinson:  "Whether it has been through novels, webisodes, or interactive “alternate reality” games, the concept of transmedia storytelling continues to evolve in news ways as technology becomes more accessible. Nothing has been quite so immersive, however, as the SyFy Channel’s upcoming TV series, Defiance" ...

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I'm really hoping Defiance lives up to expectations ... I guess only time will tell.

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, December 30, 2012 11:16 PM

For lovers of Sci Fi everywhere.

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An inside look at how Starlight Runner develops social TV storytelling [#Transmedia]

An inside look at how Starlight Runner develops social TV storytelling [#Transmedia] | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Natan Edelsburg:  "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back and are taking over multiple platforms as Nickelodeon grows the brand for a new generation of kids (and pizza lovers)."

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The "how?" and the "why?" of Starlight Runner's approach to transmedia storytelling.

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Why the entertainment industry's release strategy creates piracy

Why the entertainment industry's release strategy creates piracy | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Cory Doctorow: "If companies refuse to release films or TV shows in US and UK at same time, they only have themselves to blame for piracy" ...

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Cory Doctorow always makes a lot of sense when commenting on the piracy debate.


Tags: Piracy, Copyright, Legal, Film, Television

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RACHEL BETTS's curator insight, August 13, 2014 12:19 AM

Our impatience lends to piracy.  Not wanting to wait and/or wanting something that no one will sale you has become a side effect of piracy.  

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Serial storytelling

Serial storytelling | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
Successful TV dramas are unfolding one episode at a time, and procedurals are taking notes
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Personally, I prefer shows that balance serial and episodic storytelling, and this article nicely captures the pros and cons of each approach.

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How show runners should be using social TV, an interview with Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter

How show runners should be using social TV, an interview with Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Natan Edelsburg:  "TV creators and show runners, who have always been the backbone of the TV content we love are now embracing social in ways we could have never imagined" ...

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