The Hotlist: July 2013
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.

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


First Day

First Day is a Web series from Alloy Entertainment and the executive producers of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. The plotline centers on a girl played by Tracey Fairaway who relives her first day of high school over and over until she gets it right. Expert writing and high production values mark this series.
WEB SERIES

Burning Love
Burning Love is a Web comedy series co-produced by Ben Stiller and presented as part of original series programming by Yahoo! via their Y! Screen network. They are now in their second season online. The seven episodes of their 2012 first season were packaged for broadcast on the E! Entertainment Network in 2013. It stars Ken Marino and June Diane Raphael. Guest cameos include Ben Stiller, Kristen Bell, Adam Scott, Seth Rogen, and Michael Cera.


MULTIMEDIA ZINES

SHFT
SHFT is the brainchild of actor Adrian Grenier (Entourage) and film producer Peter Glatzer. SHFT describes itself as a "multimedia platform" that conveys “a more sustainable approach to the way we live through video, design, art, and culture.” Its content focuses on a selection of original environmentally-oriented video series including The Big SHFT, sponsored in cooperation with The Ford Motor Company.

The Vagabond Project
Created and produced by frequent travelers Brian Arcese and Courtney Haefner, The Vagabond Project won the 2013 Webby Award for "Best Travel & Adventure Online Film and Video." The Project describes itself as part of Web-based video collective "The World is Your Oyster Group" that's aimed at members of "Generation Y" who are passionate about global travel. Their content focuses on a selection of original travel-oriented videos, with individuals relaying their own adventure stories while traveling.


ONLINE PORTFOLIO

An-Ni Wang
Interactive designer and Web developer An-Ni Wang has created a compelling and entertaining online portfolio/resume using strong yet simple graphics integrated with full multimedia to highlight her whimsical yet cutting edge style and skill set.


WEBSITES ABOUT BOOKS

Far From the Tree
Far From the Tree is the companion Web site for National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon's nonfiction book of the same name that deals with the serious subject of families learning how to deal with exceptional children who are living with conditions that include autism, Down Syndrome, and schizophrenia. The Web site includes a video trailer for the book along with excerpts from the audio book.


BLOGS

The Masters of Screwball Comics
The Masters of Screwball Comics is a blogsite dedicated to a group of 20th-century comics artists of a particular wacky style. They include giants of the medium like Rube Goldberg, Bill Holman (Smokey Stover), and Milt Gross (Nize Baby). The blog was created and is curated by Seattle-based artist/designer Paul Tumey.

Humans of New York
In 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton created his photo blog Humans of New York that recorded happenings on his daily walks through New York as snapped photos and collected stories from individual strangers who uniquely typify the city. His blog became so popular that it spawned a companion Humans of New York book with a selection of 400 full color photos from his blog.

Talkers.com
Talkers.com calls itself "The Bible of Talk Radio," but the industry news and opinions that it covers also includes the business of television talk programming, and digitally distributed talk content. Started in 1990 by media veteran Michael Harrison, Talkers began as a print trade magazine, but is now solely online as an industry blog.


APPS

The Silent History
The Silent History describes itself as "a new kind of novel" geared (as of 2013) for the mobile device platform, more specifically the iPhone and iPad. A team of designers and authors that included Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn created this novel-as-app. The Silent History is presented as serial-formatted fiction that includes interactive user-generated elements, photos, videos and GPS software. It is very much an original literary experience about a gang of children born without the ability to use language and surviving in a future society.

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.