PANEL - The Writers POV: Art and Business in the Digital Arena, by WGA

July 05, 2012

01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

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As web video evolves beyond viral sensations featuring cats on keyboards, established writers are jumping into the digital space, applying their talents to projects on AOL, YouTube, Yahoo! and more.

In this creative conversation, a group of top WGAW writer/creators share their thoughts on how working in the digital space has allowed them to push themselves creatively; how writing for online entities differs (or doesn’t!) from writing for traditional platforms; the benefits a professional writer can bring to online production; and how you can best protect yourself and your ideas.

Gregory Storm - 

Gregory Storm is a Writers Guild Award nominated screenwriter whose credits include writing for ABC, The CW, and creating original scripted series for the web.  He is currently developing a strong slate of television, iOS & Android apps, and brand-friendly New Media projects for Storm Factory Entertainment (http://www.stormfactory.comincluding LUCK & BABY DUST (, a drama about couples battling infertility. 

AARON MENDELSOHN has been a working screen, TV and new media writer and producer for over fifteen years.  He is best known for co-creating and co-writing the successful AIR BUD family film franchise, which has sired eleven sequels to date.    Aaron currently has a web series rolling out on YouTube: SECRET DIARY OF AN AMERICAN CHEERLEADER, which he wrote and produced for the Cheer Channel.  He also has the CG-animated feature MONKEY KING in production.  Recently Aaron wrote the movie THE 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS for ABC Family Channel, which aired this past Christmas.  The highly rated rom com starred Amy Smart and Mark Paul Gosselar.  He is currently developing the animated series HOODS for the Cartoon Network.  Among his other produced credits are the family film THREE INVESTIGATORS AND THE SECRET OF TERROR CASTLE for Studio Hamburg, the Lifetime movie CHANGE OF HEART, the Fox series KINDRED: THE EMBRACED and the independent feature CHAPTER ZERO, which he also directed.   Aaron has also written projects for Fox, Showtime, Paramount, New Line, Disney Channel, New Regency, Bob Yari, Lightstorm, Arnold Kopelson and others.   For the last four years Aaron has been working extensively in new media.  Recently he started The Artists Group (formerly Virtual Artists), a digital studio that produces sponsor-supported, "water cooler" entertainment for new media platforms.  TAG/Virtual Artists client have included NBCU Digital, Paramount Digital, GE, Group M, Mark Burnett, Ace Hardware, Mindshare, Lockheed Martin, Audi, Unilever, Ford, Party City and many other top media companies, agencies and brands.  In addition to SECRET DIARY, Aaron is developing the original web series THE CREW for AOL and Dolphin Entertainment, starring Anne Heche.   Aaron is currently serving his fourth term on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America West.  You can find him on IMDB at:  




  Josh Flaum


  Will Bowles



  Tamara Krinsky 

Tamara Krinsky is an actress, journalist, and new media producer. She currently works with the Writers Guild of America, West as their New Media Program Manager, helping the Guild to explore the world of digital content. As a reporter, Krinsky focuses on entertainment, science and tech news. She hosted the weekly tech show THE SPOTLIGHT (, was a correspondent for PBS’s WIRED SCIENCE, and produced/hosted the indie film series AT THE FEST (Webby Honoree).  She has been published in/on Documentary Magazine,, Variety, Filmmaker Magazine, indieWire, and The Independent.  Acting adventures include TV shows such as Charmed and Seventh Heaven, the web series Guacamole, Back on Topps and The Shaman, and numerous theater projects. In previous lifetimes she was an interactive producer at entertainment marketing firm Crew Creative and a film festival programmer. @tamarakrinsky.

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  - This session brought to you in part by WGA/West, the Writers Guild of America, West. We thank them for supporting ITVfest!

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