Joss Whedon, Interweb Video Superstar

“Joss Whedon, Squat Team Leader.” That’s all anyone needs to know. Oh, maybe also this credit:

Story by a 5 year old kid.

Without further ado:

Don’t Tell Anyone, But This Show Marks a Breakthrough for U.S. TV

HULU TO CO-PRODUCE FOURTHULU TO CO-PRODUCE FOURTH SEASON OF BBC AWARD-WINNING U.K. POLITICAL COMEDY “THE THICK OF IT”
by TeamTVWriter Press Service

Hulu today announced its first international co-production with the BBC for the highly anticipated fourth season of Armando Iannucci’s political U.K. comedy “The Thick of It,” through a partnership secured by BBC Worldwide Americas. Beginning July 29, Hulu and Hulu Plus will be the exclusive U.S. destination for fans to watch every episode from the first three seasons of the beloved program, as well as the two specials released between seasons in the UK. “The Thick of It” was initially broadcasted on BBC Four in the U.K. and BBC AMERICA in the U.S. Hulu will also exclusively premiere the fourth season in the U.S., which will air first on Hulu and Hulu Plus day-and-date with the U.K. broadcast before returning to BBC AMERICA early next year.

Created and written by Armando Iannucci, acclaimed writer of HBO’s “Veep” and Oscar-nominated film “In the Loop,” “The Thick of It” takes a smart, satirical look at the inner workings of British government. Shot in a vérité style with hand-held cameras, Iannucci’s distinctive brand of comedy thrusts viewers into a world of political embarrassment, backroom deals, policy U-turns, spin-doctoring, political backstabbing and wild media speculation.

For television writers, the fact that Hulu has come to the financial rescue of this series should be regarded as highly optimistic because, quite simply, “The Thick of It” is widely acknowledged in the U.K. as the most foul-mouthed series in history. Meaning that this could mean a breakthrough in Hulu programming. And, who knows? Maybe the openness virus will spread.

Million $$$ TV Writer Deal, Yeah!

Be nice to this guy

Michael Green Signs Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
by Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, writer-producer Michael Green has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The rich seven-figure pact is for development only, and will focus on cable as much as broadcast. Green will work with 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff on projects, which the two will executive produce together. The deal comes on the heels of a development deal Green had with 20th TV, which resulted in Gotham. The supernatural procedural, about a female cop who discovers a magical world that exists within New York City, went to pilot at ABC, which landed Francis Lawrence as director.

The project got very close to a series order, with ABC extending the pickup conversations with 20th TV beyond the upfronts, but ultimately a deal couldn’t be reached. “Michael delivered a fantastic pilot for us in Gotham, and we knew we wanted to stay in business with him exclusively going forward,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “He has an incredible talent for creating new worlds, which are richly inventive and yet undeniably accessible at the same time. He’s one of the most sought-after writers in both features and TV, and his projects always attract the best talent.”

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This announcement teaches us 2 things:

  1. Make sure you send Deadline.Com a big, high-resolution pic so you show up better on the page
  2. You don’t necessarily need big successes to get big bucks

Embrace this.

Good News: The Most successful Kickstarter Category is ‘Film & Video’

Just found this on the Kickstarter Blog:

Real graph showing film & video on top, with music 2nd

The largest categories continued to be Film ($32 million pledged) and Music ($19 million pledged), however Design saw the biggest growth in launched projects (235 in 2010 vs. 1,060 in 2011), Games saw the largest percentage increase in backers (up 730%), and Dance had the highest success rate (74%). All 13 categories saw at least $1 million in pledges.