Welcome to Web Series World News! This week’s topic:
Celebrities getting series on tranditionally indie platforms
This week YouTube Red ordered a 10 episode series from Adam Pally and the EPs of the ABC Comedy Happy Endings. After the announcement, YouTuber, writer, and LGBT+ activist Gaby Dunn expressed her frustration on Twitter in a series of now-deleted tweets, remarking “Remember when YouTube Red was gonna help launch homegrown talent or creators who wouldn’t otherwise have opportunities and who’ve worked for free on their platform for years making amazing original series with no support lol? You have queer and otherwise marginalized creators being demonetized for their work and they KEEP DOING IT ANYWAY. And many of their videos are good enough to be turned into series. But why bother when you can just turn your back on them.”
Do you agree with Gaby? From both a business and artistic perspective, should YouTube be doing more for “home-grown” creators? Or does greenlighting a web series from a celebrity make it so they can offer more legitimacy to the rest of us? Discuss!