The Hotlist: November 2012
A Guide to the Web’s Most Cutting Edge New Media Content

Compiled by Elliot Feldman 

If you’d like your site to be featured on the Hotlist, send an e-mail to elliotfeldman@yahoo.com.

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The Hotspot highlights Web content created by writers working under a WGA contract. 


Paul the Male Matchmaker

Paul the Male Matchmaker is an original online content offering from Hulu. It's produced by Warner Brothers Television Group's Studio 2.0 and is a 10-episode mockumentary. The creator-producers are Liz Tuccielo (Sex and the City) and Paul Bartholomew (Mad Men). Bartholomew also stars as Paul the Matchmaker. Celebrity guest appearances include Janeane Garafolo and Lisa Edelstein (House).
ONLINE STORYTELLING

Four Story Treehouse
Four Story Tree House describes itself as “telling epic stories with nicely crafted miniatures." It is a highly creative online experiment the brainchild of artist-Web developer Joe Sabia. Stories are told on video using specially crafted miniature sets. For example, “A City Severed" recreates the turbulent New York City Draft Riots during the Civil War.

Canon – Long Live Imagination
Co-sponsored by director Ron Howard and Canon USA, Long Live Imagination is a storytelling collaboration project. They describe the project as "a film festival inspired by your photos." Actually, it's a user-generated photography contest where amateur photographers submit photos to inspire short films from celebrity video directors like Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. The selected photos and resultant short films are then presented on YouTube.


WEB SERIES

Cybergeddon
Cybergeddon is a Web series created by Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of the CSI franchise. It's seen exclusively on Yahoo! is co-sponsored by Symantec. It's a 90-minute online movie presented in 10-minute installments, and the series villain is played by Olivier Martinez.


ONLINE ANIMATION

Draw a Stickman
Bowling Green, Kentucky animator/developers Chris and Clinton Mills have created a Web experiment called Draw a Stickman. It's part game and part interactive movie where users create doodles that are then inserted into a story.


BLOGS

The Animated St. Trinian's
London-based animator Uli Meyer offers a step-by-step behind-the-scenes blog on how his animated feature based on cartoonist Ronald Searle's celebrated St. Trinian's series is put together.

Citizen Schwartz
Citizen Schwartz looks a lot like a news site, but it's actually Stanford-trained attorney B.J. Schwartz's hilarious political satire blog.


ZINES

The Art Newspaper
Ann Somers Cox founded The Art Newspaper in 1990. It's an atypical daily behind-the-scenes look at the art world, showing it from perspectives that include high finance, international diplomacy, museum directors, collectors, and dealers.

Grantland
Sponsored by ESPN, Grantland is the brainchild of high profile sports writer Bill Simmons. It is a blend of sports, Hollywood, and pop culture content from prestigious guest writers including Chuck Klosterman, Dave Eggers, and Malcolm Gladwell.

The WGAW encourages New Media projects to respect content creators through Guild contracts. If you’re working in New Media and would like information on getting your project covered, contact Tamara Krinsky or call (323) 782-4511.

Elliot Feldman's novel, Sitting Shiva, was published in 2003 -- ISBN: 0964374064. And check out his comics at Scene4 Magazine - WARNING: Not for the easily offended.