Bernie Su is a two-time Primetime Emmy award-winning interactive storyteller, creator, and showrunner. He co-created The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a ground breaking interactive adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The series spawned 70 million views across 160 videos and 35 social media accounts. It won the first Primetime Emmy Award for a YouTube distributed series and was adapted into a novel, thus making it the first novel based on a web series based on a novel.
He won his second Emmy for Emma Approved, an interactive re-imagination of another Austen novel, Emma. This grand series spanned five media platforms, featuring a video series, fashion blog, music experience, and social media interactivity. The series featured partnerships with Samsung, Modcloth, and Nordstroms.
The franchise has also recently released an interactive mobile gaming experience through the Moment: Stories App where players can be a part of Emma’s world.
Though starting in Hollywood with dreams of being a TV showrunner, Bernie has completely focused on stories on the web and has been making webseries for almost 10 years and continues to try to push how storytelling on the web can evolve. Though he has credits on over 10 different webseries and two Primetime Emmys, he has no interest developing a traditional TV show nor feature film.
Somethings you can ask me about!
- Writing (and the transition from long form to short form)
- Transmedia / Social / Multi-platform storytelling
- Selling into traditional TV/Film
- Audience Building
- Interactive Formats
- Emma Approved / The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and the Literary Web Series format