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Friendship, betrayal, and webseries: Trailer live!

It’s here! The trailer for ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, the dramedy webseries I created, went live just a few days ago. The story follows Annette, a young woman with big dreams, just as she decides to write her way out of the little town she grew up in. While she’s planning to study abroad, her best friend and co-conspirator Maria thinks it’s high time she acquire a boyfriend. What ensues involves two men, a rockstar, the brothers Grimm, and a great, big lie. Based on the shocking true story of one of Germany’s literary greats, ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE (All my Love, Annette) explores friendship, betrayal, and the dark side of the internet.

Check out the trailer below, and like the Facebook page hereALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE premieres auf Deutsch December 6th!

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Shipping characters and writing comics at SFCC – San Francisco Comic Con

Comic-con isn’t over, at least not in San Francisco. If you’ll be heading out to San Francisco Comic-con to see the likes of Jenna Coleman or Trina Robbins, come check out these panels on Saturday while you’re at it. I’ll be speaking on both!

SHIPPING AND WHY IT MATTERS
Saturday, September 3, 2016
10:30-11:30am, Pacific A
Bringing together passionate “shippers,” and writers, our panel will explore the reasons we ‘ship, why it matters, and how it affects the properties we love. After drawing 4.5 million votes in this year’s TV Couples March Madness Challenge, we at Zimbio know that many of the most vocal fans in TV, movies, and comics, are shippers. Following the controversial death of Lexa on the 100, this topic has never been more relevant. We will be joined by other fan writers in an interactive discussion on how ‘shipping changes the nature of the media we consume.

WOMEN WRITE COMICS
Saturday, September 3, 2016
1:30-2:30pm, Foothill E
There is more to comics than great art! A panel of women writers of comics and books discuss their craft. This panel features Trina Robbins, Dani Colman, Anne Toole, and Serena Valentino.

So come on over and share your favorite ‘ships, and find out about upcoming comics from a panel of awesome lady writers. See you there!

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From Views to VR: Digital Story at the WGA

If you’re interested in webseries, VR, and all the glories that digital storytelling has in store, join me and other great panelists next week at the Writers Guild. I’ll be discussing writing for digital webseries like Emmy-winning LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, writing for video games such as THE WITCHER, and writing for VR projects (project announcements forthcoming!). The event is open to all.

FROM VIEWS TO VR: CAREERS IN DIGITAL STORYTELLING

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Tue, August 16, 2016
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

WGA Headquarters, 7000 W 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

The ever-expanding digital landscape has created more opportunities for writers than ever before. YouTube has grown into a platform for filmmakers, comedians, and brands to air self-produced webisodes and web series. The video game industry has embraced and incorporated more narrative and cinematic elements to games. And virtual and augmented reality is the next frontier waiting to be conquered and scripted.

This panel addresses the various paths to a career in storytelling within the digital space. From writing webisodes to VR simulations, our panelists share their experiences creating content for new and emerging mediums and what lessons they’ve learned in often unchartered territory.

Moderator: Richie Solomon
Speakers:
Anne Toole
Dean Orion
John Zuur Platten
Evette Vargas

All are welcome. Proceeds for the event go towards the Writers Guild Foundation to support the Foundation library and other programs. Click here for tickets!

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Webseries: from concept to transmedia at NAB

NAB 2013 in Las VegasInterested in webseries writing, development, transmedia, and distribution? Or just want to hear from hit webseries creators? Either way, you’re in luck, because at NAB next week, you can join me, Bernie Su (LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, LOOKBOOK), Christopher Kubasik (BOOTH AT THE END), and Matt Enlow (SQUARESVILLE) for a whirlwind tour of the scripted webseries business. It’s all part of the Creative Master series at NAB, the premiere show for broadcast content. So I guess that makes me a creative master.  Kneel before Zod!  Here are the deets:

Web Series Best Practices: From Conception to Transmedia
Date: Wednesday, April 10
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, S220

Spread the word, or follow us on twitter.  Any suggestions for a good hashtag?

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Pride & Prejudice at 200: Want to play a game?

First the webseries, now a game?

Fans everywhere are celebrating Pride & Prejudice’s 200th anniversary today.  By now, of course, you know about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the hit webseries adaptation of Pride & Prejudice.  If you don’t, check out the front page of the Arena section of the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and the episodes I’ve written.  But if you can’t get enough Jane Austen, I’ve also worked on the game Jane Austen Unbound, and my storyline will go live on February 4th.

Jane Austen Unbound (fka Rogues and Romance) will allow you to play in the Jane Austen universe, when characters from many of her books have gotten loose and are starting to wreak havoc in the wrong storylines.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to bring Elizabeth and Darcy back together again, without messing everything else up in the process.  Feel free to check out this hidden object game on Facebook, or wait until the new storylines go live on February 4th.

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Award-winning webseries, oh my!

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LBD on the Red Carpet

So this thing happened with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries this month. Well, a lot has been happening on the show — haven’t you been watching? But the big news involves an IAWTV Award nomination and a trip to Vegas.  Spoilers: we won!

The 2nd annual IAWTV Awards were held earlier this month, celebrating excellence in webseries. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was nominated for Interactive experience, for all its ancillary twitter feeds, tumblrs, mystery websites…  You can keep tabs on some of them here.

The IAWTV Awards were an experience.  I’ve been to the WGA Awards a couple times, and let’s just say Awards + Talent = more snazz. Or maybe the WGA puts all their money into the food, which I generally approve of.  But the IAWTV was covered with publicists, so you can hear from the cast and crew of LBD and see my premiere on the red carpet, which was actually blue, here.

Stay tuned next week for some stimulating updates on writing for games and the game industry!

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Brush up your LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES

If you haven’t been watching this fine modern-day adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, you can take a stroll through catch-up lane by watching the following episodes of LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES.  Oh, and did I mention I’m the credited writer on all of them?

Episode 18: 25 Douchebags and a Gentleman – First mention of Wickham

Episode 29: The Ethics of Seeing Bing – How does Lizzie get away with airing a vlog?

Episode 30: The Ticking Clock – Play along in this exciting installment of Darcy says the darnedest things!

Episode 39: The Insistent Proposal – Collins has a proposal for Lizzie.

Episode 41: Your Pitch Needs Work – Collins has a proposal for Charlotte.

So brush up on your LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES!  Start quoting her now!  Or something.

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