OTV | Open Television

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OTV | Open Television is a platform for intersectional television. 

We develop artists and communities that larger institutions do not support consistently: those marginalized by the market and society because of their race, gender, sexuality, religion, citizenship status, disability, or class.  

More info here: https://www.weareo.tv/about


Expanding Production Value: The culture and scale of television and new media. 2019. Critical Studies in Television.

Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television. 2018. New York University Press (book-length manuscript providing theoretical foundation and case study in epilogue) 

Open TV: The Development Process. 2018. From Networks to Netflix: A Guide to Changing Channels. Derek Johnson, ed. New York, NY: Routledge.

The Value of Representation: Toward a Critique of Networked Television Performance. 2017. International Journal of Communication. 11, 1552-1574

‘Nupita Obama’: The Value and Method of Queer Pilot Development. 2016. No More Potlucks, 44.


HBOBrown Girls development deal
Red Arrow Entertainment,  Dewayne Perkins and Aasia Bullock (Starving Artists) development deal
fullscreen, You're So Talented syndication

For all development reports, visit: http://weareo.tv/development


2019 Queerties, Best Web Series (nominees, the T & Brown Girls)
5th International Academy of Web Television Awards, Best Dramatic Series, Best Directing, Best Writing (nominee, Brown Girls)
7th Streamy Awards, Best Indie Series (winnerBrown Girls), Best Drama Series (nominee, Brown Girls)
8th Streamy Awards, Best Indie Series (winner, the T &, nominee, Brujos), Best Writing (nominee, Deja Harrell, Seeds)
13th New York Television Festival, Best Short-Form Digital Project (winner, Starving Artists)
14th New York Television Festival, Best Actress in a Drama (winner, Seeds, Deja Harrell)
25th Gotham Awards, Breakthrough Short Form Series (nominee, You’re So Talented)
69th Emmy Awards, Outstanding Short Form or Drama Series, (nominee, Brown Girls)
Chicago Artists Month, Featured Artist and Event, City of Chicago
City of Chicago (DCASE) Artists and Organization Residency Program
City of Chicago, Independent Film Initiative Filmmaker-in-Residence (winner, Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri, The T)
Filmmaker magazine, 25 New Faces of Indie Film (Aymar Jean Christian)
Independent Shorts Awards, Platinum Award (winner, FOBia)
Los Angeles Film Awards (nominee, FOBia)
New City, Film Leader of the Moment (Aymar Jean Christian)
New City, Best of Chicago (Open TV, Brujos, Brown Girls)
SeriesFest (Season 4), Best Emerging Female Creator (winner, Deja Harrell & C.J. Thomas, Seeds)


With the team behind  Velvet  at the Chicago International Television Festival, part of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival. Photo: Timothy Schmidt. March 20, 2018.

With the team behind Velvet at the Chicago International Television Festival, part of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival. Photo: Timothy Schmidt. March 20, 2018.

Art Institute of Chicago (Hair Story/BSAYF, The Roach Is Coming, Sur La Nuit)
Brooklyn Museum (Brown Girls)
Chicago Cultural Center (OTV series premieres)
Chicago International Television Festival (Kissing Walls, the T, Velvet)
Frameline Film Festival (Brown Girlsthe TSouthern For Pussy, Kissing Walls)
fullscreen (You're So Talented syndication)
Indie Short Fest (Just Call Me Ripley, FOBia)
Los Angeles Film Festival, Indie Shorts Fest (FOBia)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Seeds, Code-Switched, Yogma, Brown Girls, Brujos, Afternoon Snatch)
National Museum of Mexican Art (Brujos)
Newfest (the T, Quare Life, F*CK YES)
New York Television Festival (Seeds, Starving Artists)
Outfest (Brujos, Quare Life)
Reeling Film Fest (Brown Girls, Kings & Queens)
SLAY TV (Two Queens in a Kitchen)
Soho House Chicago (Lipstick City, Two Queens in a Kitchen)
Stareable Fest (The Right Swipe, Border’d)
Tribeca Film Festival (You’re So Talented)
Woman Made Gallery (Let Go and Let God, Bronx Cunt Tour)


Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (Voqal Fund & Chicago Filmmakers)
City of Chicago
Field Foundation
Joyce Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
Northwestern University
Pop Culture Collaborative (Rockefeller Foundation)
Propeller Fund (Warhol Foundation & Threewalls)
Surdna Foundation
University of Chicago
University of North Carolina & Duke University


The AV ClubBlavity, Chicagoist, Chicago Reader, Chicago TribuneELLE, FilmmakerIntoNew York Times, OUT, RedEye (Chicago Tribune), The RingerVICETIME, WBEZWindy City Times, W magazine

"Open TV has excelled with its latest slate of programming. Brown Girls, the subject of a recent Reader feature story, is a series featuring a cast that consists entirely of minorities and has been called "revolutionary" by Elle magazine and the "next binge-worthy web series" by BETBrujos, a show focused on four gay, Latino doctoral candidates—who are also witches—was recently applauded by Vice for its ability to combine politics and horror." - Ashely Ray-Harris, The Chicago Reader

"I’ve talked up Open TV in this space before, but I can’t help that its programming has been great and so relevant to my interests. Samantha Bailey’s You’re So Talented offered a previously unseen Chicago, and she followed that up with Brown Girls, which has become one of my favorite series about female friendships. Then I heard about Brujos, which is a new webseries about queer Latinx witches who are basically fighting white supremacy. Um, sí! please. Its undeniable queerness and brownness will serve as a high bar for entry for some, but for others—namely, queer and brown folks—it will feel like a Buffy The Vampire Slayer that was made for them." - Danette Chavez, The AV Club

"The network hopes to address those issues by creating space for communities that are historically underrepresented. Every single one of its shows feature protagonists that are queer, transgender, or people of color.... Perhaps the most unique and revolutionary thing about Open TV is that its creators are free to take their shows elsewhere. The network signs a non-exclusive contract with talent. When HBO announced that it would be optioning Brown Girls in June, Open TV didn’t make a dime off the deal. Should the show get picked up, the platform will not receive a cut of the profits. Christian describes his role as a 'nonprofit incubator,' someone who can help “creators find that initial form of investment to get them to take it to the next level.” - Nico Lang, Into magazine

For all press, visit: http://weareo.tv/press


Trailer previewing the 4th programming cycle (2019)

Trailer previewing the 3rd programming cycle (2018) and reviewing the 2nd programming cycle (2017)

OTV has released over 30 programs, half of them original series. Here is a selection, starting from most recent:

Damaged Goods, directed and co-written by Vincent Martell, co-written by KB Woodson & Zak Payne

the T, written, directed and starring Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri

Seeds, written by Deja Harrell, directed by CJ Thomas

Brown Girls, written by Fatimah Asghar, directed by Sam Bailey

Brujos, written and directed by Ricardo Gamboa, co-directed by Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke and Robert Stockwell

2nd Annual OTV Tonight at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (March 6, 2018) - Premiere event screening pilots and interviews from the teams behind the first three series of the third cycle: Seeds, Yogma and Code-Switched.

This is a two-hour LIVE program!

Video Key: 
0:00 - 10:45 - Pre Show Mingle, "Live Stream Staring Soon screen"
10:45 - 12:45 - Christy (MCA) Intro
12:45 - 18:06 - Aymar Intro
18:06 - 23:32 - OTV Reel
23:32 - 24:22 - Code-Switched Intro
24:22 - 41:08 - Code Switched Episode
41:08 - 46:33 - Code Switched survey
46:33 - 47:04 - The T Trailer
47:04 - 47:49 - Velvet Trailer
47:49 - 57:50 - Q&A with Karan Sunil
57:50 - 58:05 - Seeds Intro
58:05 - 1:12:06 - Ep 3&4 of Seeds
1:12:06 - 1:19:25 - Seeds Survey
1:19:25 - 1:20:17 - BSAYF Teaser
1:20:17 - 1:21:05 - Sur La Nuit Trailer
1:21:05 - 1:29:25 -Q&A with Deja Harrell
1:29:25 - 1:29:50 - Yogma Intro
1:29:50 - 1:37:30 - Yogma
1:37:50 - 1:40:52 - Yogma Survey
1:40:52 - 1:41:42 - Quare Life Teaser
1:41:42 - 1:42:18 - Prep Promo Video
1:42:18 - 1:49:04 - Q&A with Karla Huffman
1:49:04 - 1:52:27 - Outro and Premieres Info