Striking writer Peter Hyoguchi was walking the picket line outside Disney’s ABC Studios in Burbank, Calif., in January when he had an epiphany. What if scriptwriters launched a website featuring their work, which they would own and control free of studio interference?
That hunch is about to be tested. After months of planning and delay, Mr. Hyoguchi and his colleagues have turned their seemingly quixotic idea into a reality. Two weeks ago, they launched an online ‘network’ for original programming named Strike.TV. It marks an ambitious effort to connect film and TV writers to the fledgling world of online video. The portal will run 45 original Web series with more than 200 episodes from such veteran writers as Lester Lewis, a producer on ‘The Office,’ and Ken LaZebnik, a ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ scribe. Shows include actors Timothy Dalton and JoBeth Williams.
Movie and television writers try out the Internet in a way that allows them both creative freedom and a new outlet for making money. Offerings on StrikeTV include comedy, horror, science fiction, soap operas, and drama.