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Moderator Daryn Strauss
By Women, For Women:
The Lunar Eclipse of Female-Centric Online Content

According to a recent Nielsen report, the fastest growing consumer group of online video is women between the ages of 25 and 44. Unfortunately, the growth of this audience is rapidly outpacing the creation of fresh web content relevant to their lives.

NYWIFT has assembled a panel of some of the leading female producers for the Internet – content creators who have been inspired to fill this need and break barriers in creativity, story development and production quality. Come meet these inspiring women, hear their stories and discover how you can find your place in this expanding segment of the entertainment industry. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Leila Cohan-Miccio is a New York-based comedy writer. She is the co-creator/writer of Vag Magazine, a web comedy that goes behind the scenes of a hipster third-wave feminist magazine. Vag Magazine has been written up everywhere from Salon to the New York Observer. Leila also wrote the sketch show This Is About Smith, which recently enjoyed a six month run at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where she also teaches sketch comedy. She is proud to be a current member of UCB Maude team Stone Cold Fox and to have written twenty shows with former Maude team High Treason.

Susan Miller is one of the executive producers and writers of Anyone But Me, the Telly, Webby and Streamy award-winning web series about a generation struggling with identity and modern relationships. Miller, an Obie award-winning playwright (My Left Breast) and Guggenheim Fellow, was a consulting producer and writer on The L Word and Thirtysomething. Honored as one of Power Up’s 2009 “Amazing Gay Women In Show Business,” she is also the creator/writer of Bestsellers, a new dramedy webseries about career women.  For her work on Anyone But Me, Miller was awarded the first WGA award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media, along with co-writer Tina Cesa Ward.

Kathleen Grace
created one of the first and most acclaimed web series, The Burg. It’s most popular episode was viewed over one million times. Grace worked with Michael Eisner's new media studio Vuguru on the web mockumentary The All for Nots, which premiered on the web, but aired on HDNet. She is currently the VP of Production at Next New Networks, one of the leading companies making entertainment programming for the web, where she produces the series Comedy Thunder and weekly movie news show for MSN.com. She also develops new series and partners with emerging web producers through the Next New Creators program. Visit kmgrace.com.

Kathryn Jones
is the founder and producer of Better Left Unsaid TV- a first of its kind, interactive live streamed play. In 2007, she conceived of, produced and appeared in "35"  the first scripted web drama to stream live to the Internet. Other original live online projects she has produced include an eight hour webathon, Women Respond to Palin and The Crabbo and Jabbo Show, a live Internet talk show. Jones has served as VP of Branded and Sponsored Entertainment for the online video studio For Your Imagination, and was the producer, host and editor of ifnotnow.net’s video podcast Question of the Week. She has produced theater both in the United States and abroad and is active as an actress.

Annie Tsai,
a Producer Relations Associate at blip.tv, works with content creators as a liaison between them and the blip tech team, helping producers make their shows profitable and sustainable. She also hosts the company show, blip on blip, giving a behind the scenes view of working at blip.tv is like. Annie has previously worked with the production staff at Next New Networks, and as a correspondent and segment producer for Smashface Productions (Epic Fu) and Rocketboom.

Tina Cesa Ward
is a writer and director for the screen and also directs for the stage. Her stage work earned her the Jean Dalrymple Award for Best Director. Her award-winning short film In Their Absence has screened in over a dozen festivals around the world. As an executive producer, writer and director of the popular web series Anyone But Me, she has been nominated four times for her directing (including a Streamy Award nomination), and has been awarded over a half dozen times for her writing and producing.  Tina recently won the first ever Writers Guild Award for New Media with co-writer Susan Miller for their work on Anyone But Me.

Daryn Strauss, moderator (pictured above), was named "a fresh and strong voice" in 2010 by NewTeeVee. She is the writer, director, producer and co-star of the critically-acclaimed online dramedy Downsized, now preparing for its second season. She can also be seen as a recurring guest star in the upcoming second season of the online series Then We Got Help. One of the first 22 digital media writers signed to the Writers Guild of America East, Strauss is also the Creative Director of Digital Chick TV, and she is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which judges the Webbys.

Produced by Iri Greco

NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the  New York Council of the Arts


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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