Leesa Dean on a Death in the Web Series “Family”

Adventures in Digital Series Land #107
by Leesa Dean

blip_logo1BLIP is being shuttered on August 15th. I knew it was gonna happen ultimately, but still, am sad to see it go.

BLIP was one of the early platforms that showed and monetized web series.Chilltown, my series, was on there and I received nearly 50,000 views on just one episode when they featured it on their front page for just one day. And that amounted to cash. Which was great. It wasn’t a huge amount, but way more than YouTube’s payout.

The people there also were actively very supportive of the series on their platform. They promoted my show on Google + and Twitter. Which was really helpful and cool.

When Maker Studios purchased it in 2013, right in the middle of Chilltown’s run it didn’t affect things for me but I knew something was going to shift. At the time, they publicly stated (and sent letters to creators on BLIP) that they’d be dropping a lot of web series. I wasn’t dropped but a about seven months later, Disney bought Maker for $500 million and I was certain I’d be dropped. Mostly cause I thought the cursing in my series just didn’t fit the Disney brand. Surprisingly, I wasn’t. And even though I stopped adding content, I continued to receive some views.

So while my presence there wasn’t making me any money as of late, I still had really good feelings about BLIP. So when I got a letter from Maker this week saying they’d be shutting it down, I went ahead and deleted all of my content there.

RIP BLIP. Onward and upward. I’m glad to be a part of Frederator for the new series I’m doing. This week, I completed the last of 60 mini-animations for the new show and while I still have a ways to go production-wise, I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it’s getting exciting!

Before I go, wanted to share this article by Sarah Ullman who has a cool blog/newsletter called The Jungle dedicated to YouTube news and analysis. She breaks down VidCon, a VERY cool event that I wish I was attending this year. Maybe next. If you’re going, let me know in the comments!

Leesa Dean is the creator of CHILLTOWN TV, a digital series to reckon with. Learn more about Leesa and the series HERE


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