Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Web TV series gain popularity but not cash


The great thing about Web video is that with the tumbling cost of hardware, software and distribution, anyone can make a video. But practically no-one is making a buck at it, if this story in the San Francisco Chronicle is to be believed. In fact, many web video creators are using their work as a calling card to get into the TV and film industry, where there are still paychecks to be had. Makes sense, and that’s why I work in mainstream media and do web stuff on the side….I try to do the web stuff for fun and my own education, and if it helps further my career in one direction or another, so much the better.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

5 Responses to “ Web TV series gain popularity but not cash ”

I am Steven says:

Speaking of web stuff….what happened to the rants? Or are you now content with everything in the world as it stands?

Warren says:

I just got busy….plus though I might not show it on RFS, I get really uncomfortable in front of a camera. I’m happier to be the guy behind the scenes hitting the dials and switches….but it’s necessary to get over the on-camera shyness, though difficult. More rants soon, I hope.

Jen says:

Sounds like you have the right idea. It’s a pity though the cash isn’t flowing in Web TV’s direction. Best to have a real plan like you have and not get burnt out on draining resources without having cash flow first.

Jen Thomas
Research Analyst
Muvar Software

lester says:

re: on-camera shyness: I hear wearing a bathrobe for no reason helps 😉

killahmullet says:

This is good stuff. Too bad people aren’t making cash from it yet.

Once people figure out how to advertise on these shows, network TV is going to have problems.

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