Panel: Writing for Youtube – A WGA Event

January 20, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Our esteemed panel. Myself, Amy Berg, Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing, and Allison Schroeder

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Tuesday, January 20 – 7:30-9:00pm
2422 W Bluff Creek Dr, Los Angeles, CA,

I’m pretty psyched to be speaking (and moderating) on this panel tonight. A couple things to note. Everyone on this panel is a WGA writer and they are all representing “high profile” narrative scripted online shows that are on YouTube and with major Multi-channel Youtube Networks distribution.

Caper – Geek and Sundry

Mortal Kombat Legacy and Halo 4: Forward Until Dawn – Machinima

Side Effects – AwesomenessTV

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved – Deca/Kin Community

I’m also plugging Frankenstein MD – distributed by PBS Digital Studios as well. It’s not listed under my credit, but I did EP the show, and it was shot at YouTube Space (on a stage literally 100 feet from where this panel is happening) so I’m sure we’ll talk about it.

Personally, I’m really excited to hear about the experiences my other panelists have had in working in the online space with these projects. Especially their approaches in writing.

In TV and Film it’s generally pretty straight forward. You’re writing a half hour/hour of television or a 90 minute movie. But the projects on this panel are all different episode numbers and lengths. I’m also curious about what they’re seeing in the marketplace online.

So if you’re coming expect to hear answers to these questions. (And I can say this here because I am the moderator so I’ll be asking these questions):

  • What are the opportunities for writers in the online/YouTube space today?
  • How was it working/writing for a series online? What format were you writing for? How many minutes, how many episodes? 
  • How is it working with an MCN? Are you ever working with them as a writer? Are there “network notes”? Are they more studio or network?
  • All of the writers (except for myself) have worked in TV. Is online still appealing to you now that they’ve had both experiences?
  • And the question that every writer wants to know… is there money to be made?

Hope to see you all there!



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Bernie Su is an Emmy Award winning writer, director, and interactive storyteller. He was the showrunner and co-creator of “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” an interactive adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that won the first Primetime Emmy Award for a YouTube distributed series. In 2014 he was named Creator of the Year by Video Ink News, when he executive produced the five platform Cynopsis Digital Web Comedy Honoree “Emma Approved” the gender-bending science drama “Frankenstein, MD” for PBS Digital Studios, and published “The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet” with Simon & Schuster, a book based on the web series based on the book.

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