OTV | Open Television
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.
OTV’s mission is R&D, research and development:
Artist Development: We incubate emerging, independent artists and release their pilots, series, and films in Chicago and online. We help artists develop projects from production to release. Our primary function is support. We offer financing, consultation, and referrals in order to get projects through to completion. We also help artists establish a plan and trajectory for their careers and works. We only develop artists in Chicago.
Community Development: We provide a space for different communities to come together to experience culture, have critical conversations about identity, and meet other people across social networks. Chicago is our primary community, followed by national and global communities united by intersectionality.
Research: We experiment with alternative ways of producing and exhibiting TV across cultures, technologies, and levels of scale to understand what practices sustain and advance community-based art in a digital, networked era. All activities provide for data to help us understand how to develop intersectional art and TV. This data is published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and books. More general findings are published in annual development reports for the public and industry.
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.
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 (winner, Brown 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 (Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri, The T)
Filmmaker magazine, 25 New Faces of Indie Film (Aymar Jean Christian)
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)
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 Girls, the T, Southern For Pussy)
fullscreen (You're So Talented syndication)
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)
SLAY TV (Two Queens in a Kitchen)
Soho House Chicago (Lipstick City, Two Queens in a Kitchen)
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
Propeller Fund (Warhol Foundation & Threewalls)
University of Chicago
University of North Carolina & Duke University
"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 BET. Brujos, 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 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:
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!
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