Valuing Web Series is the first multi-country research project on web series, focussing on Australia, Canada and France. The project investigates the value of web series as a form of online screen entertainment characterised by original and diverse content produced by emerging creatives. It deploys the theoretical frame of ‘total value’ to assess the role and viability of web series: value accrued as career development opportunities for digital content makers; value accrued by the audiences who consume web series; and the value accrued by the Australian screen industry as web series contribute to innovation in a rapidly evolving global screen ecology. We have partnered with four leading web series festivals who will be assisting with our research and will be hosting a number of forums for the discussion and dissemination of our comparative findings over the course of the project (2020-2023).

Beyond Covid

Australia has been global leader in web series since the establishment and various iterations of the Online Production Program in 2012. Australia has produced numerous critically acclaimed series, and creators have gained momentum in their careers as a result. But what happens when a pandemic all but shuts down the industry? Dr Steinar Ellingsen talks to investment managers Lee Naimo and Alyce Adams from Screen Australia (the federal government’s funding body for the screen industry), and filmmaker Luke Eve about responding to the coronavirus, and planning for the post-covid market and production environment.

news & media

This is a curated news feed with relevant articles tracking the latest trends in digital screen production and streaming more broadly, as well as web series news more specifically. Sign up to our newsletter to receive our updates in your inbox. 

late Feb 2021

  Netflix is doubling down on Asia with K-dramas and mobile-only deals. But China remains elusive - CNN Overall, the successful formula takes hit shows from the West and adapts them for audiences beyond the Anglosphere. In 2019, it rolled out a special season of...

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late Jan 2021

Shift from cable TV to cheaper streaming continues More than a quarter of Americans plan to cut out cable in 2021, according to Digital TV Europe. The greater affordability of streaming services is regarded as a significant factor driving the trend. Over 50 per cent...

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In the news | 27 January 2021

Quibi wind-up continues Quibi, which raised $1.75 billion in venture investment, is expected to return about $350 million to investors. Quibi sold many of its original shows to Roku, which developed digital media players with Netflix, for what is believed to be less...

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In the news 25 Nov, 2020

YouTube YouTube TV, Google’s live streaming TV service, finished the third quarter with over 3 million subscribers. The new total suggests that YouTube TV added 500,000 subscribers during the quarter, Fierce Video reports. Quibi Quibi is an expensive outlier, not the...

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In the news (25 October)

#hulu #disney Disney has apparently scaled back its plans for Hulu to avoid raising the value of the company and incurring a larger buyout payment to Comcast. https://www.fiercevideo.com/video/disney-sandbags-hulu-s-global-hopes-to-avoid-big-comcast-bill-report...

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