On April 23, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts will unveil the Tisch West Web Series Showcase, a new initiative presenting winning projects that were developed from conception to completion in a series of industry-run workshops, and launched to a global audience. The Showcase will feature original ideas brought to life by writers, filmmakers, and actors who were selected from the thousands of NYU alumni living in the Los Angeles area.
The Web Series Showcase will put alumni writers in front of the producers, agents, and investors searching for new talent. The idea grew out of a previously successful annual series of one-evening showcases for alumni filmmakers, writers, and actors. “Unlike the traditional showcase, our Web series is creating a direct pipeline to both the entertainment industry and an audience of millions,” said Tisch alumnus and showcase creator, Theo Travers. The program will feature as many as nine, three-part Web shows, each with an average running time of five minutes. Chosen through a competitive blind process by a panel of Tisch alumni, each series was developed from pitch to Web series in just under four months.
What distinguishes this Internet Web series from others is its development and implementation by alumni with the full support of their alma mater. Tisch Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell said, “We are delighted that our School now has a means to celebrate our talented alumni writers and pleased and honored to support this bold new effort by our alumni.”
The 2010 NYU Tisch West Web Series Showcase will go live April 23. For more information, visit www.writerslabwest.org.
For more than 40 years, the Tisch School of the Arts has drawn on the vast resources of New York City and New York University to create an extraordinary training ground for the individual artist and scholar of the arts. Students learn their craft in a spirited, risk-taking environment that combines the professional training of a conservatory with the liberal arts education of a major research university.