Social Networking—The Wild West
Social Networking - The Wild West features a diverse group of independent and web-based filmmakers: Anish Saviani (Wendy & Lucy, Alexander The Last), Edward Seaton (recurvemedia.com), Mike Michaud (channelawesome.com) and host Steve Weiss. In this season, the Fellas boldly challenge the gold standard of "Hollywood" filmmaking and the traditional channels of a theatrical distribution. The round table discussions lead to a passionate debate on the acceptance of on-line video as a true medium, self-distribution and how a new genre of webisodic programming will eventually compete with network television.
The season wraps up with finding creative ways to grow an audience with personal-branding & community building, the emergence of online video networks (Hulu), monetizing video content and how engaging with fans directly is essential for the success of web based films.