A recent article in Christian Science Monitor discusses the intricacies of the developing and evolving market around web series, particularly programming featuring people of color and intersectional themes. In the past couple of years, there has been an emerging trend in which major networks such as HBO and BET are reaching out to indie online content creators for material to adapt to network programs. The question is, will this continue?
According to Ross Brown, program director for the Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Contemporary Media at Antioch University in Santa Barbara, it will. Brown is quoted in the article: “In terms of diversity, I think it’s great because there’s a world out there on the internet where networks can go and find talent…” “As television has fragmented, that also opens up the door for more diverse voices.”
The question the article leaves us with is less straightforward, wondering whether it will be possible for web series’ to retain authenticity once absorbed by Hollywood. The control that networks have over an adaptation of content can deter some creators from allowing their work to be picked up.