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Wheeler Winston Dickson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813142173

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813142173.001.0001

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Content Wars

Content Wars

(p.71) 3 Content Wars

Wheeler Winston Dixon

University Press of Kentucky

With the switch to streaming video, a whole host or royalty, content, and distribution issues need to be addressed. In addition, there is a plethora of programming designed specifically for the web. Some come and go like mayflies, and die a quick death; others build up a long-term audience, and keep coming back year after year to a cadre of loyal viewers. Web Therapy, for example, has now amassed 46 episodes, with Meryl Streep featured as a recent guest star in a three-episode story arc. Syfy Television (formerly Sci-fi, until the need to copyright the channel’s name forced the somewhat awkward switch to Syfy) has been churning out 10 minute segments of a web serial entitled Riese, with an eye to combining the sections into a two hour TV pilot for the network; and Showtime has oddly created an animated web companion for its hit live action serial killer television show Dexter, entitled Dark Echo, which offers brief (3 to 6 minute) of additional back-story on the series for its numerous devotees.

Keywords:   Film distribution, Streaming video, Web video series, Film production, Video production

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