Are we in a TV golden age, or is there too much TV? What role does the web series have in increasing diversity in media? How does one gain an audience for their web series? Based on his research, including interviews with the creators of over 100 web series, Dr. Aymar Jean Christian shares his findings about the future of TV, both on and offline. Dr. Christian is also the founder of OpenTV, a web platform that promotes indie series by queer, trans, cis-women and artists of color.
Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian is assistant professor in the Media, Technology and Society program in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.
Dr. Christian researches new media and creative economy. As part of this research he documents the changing market for television across popular and academic publications: on Televisual, but also for Slate, Indiewire,Tubefilter, among others; and academic journals Continuum, Transformative Works & Culture, First Monday, Cinema Journal and Communication, Culture and Critique. His book-length manuscript, Open TV:
Innovation Beyond Networks, will be the first full study on the rise of web video, incorporating years of documenting and participating in this emerging art form and market.