Welcome to My E-Portfolio,
I'm Greg Wolf, a Television-Radio Major in the Park School at Ithaca College. Since Middle School, all i've wanted to do is work in Television. I've been doing some some kind of video media work all the time since then, and I have certainly been a media consumer as well. From Directing and Editing my High School's weekly news segment to working in all sorts of rolls for my local access channel, I have always enjoyed producing content. Here at IC I am blown away every single day with the things I'm learning in class and the content i'm able to create out of class. The state of the television industry has always been rapidly changing, but the television industry is undergoing its biggest change it ever has right now, since the introduction of video on the web. The Internet is changing literally every facet of the TV industry, from production to distribution. The rise of video distribution on the web is revolutionary, as more people turn to Netflix and Hulu and ditch their Cable subscriptions. It is inevitable that this will eventually change how everyone watches TV, and will likely cause the total convergence of TV and the Internet. However, even this pales in comparison to how the internet changes the way ideas for shows become a reality, with the rise of user generated content.
Right now, in order for a producer to get their show to an audience, they need to shop their idea around to agents, then to studios and networks. Then their pilot script must go through rigorous editing from actors, network executives and writers before it becomes an idea. This means only certain types ideas will ever make it to TV. All productions need to fit into what is expected from a TV show, it must fit into hour or half hour format, must be the type of show a network executive would like, and must appeal to advertising. Famous producers like Chuck Lorre and Seth MacFarlane get their ideas on TV, while many possibly good ideas never make it through the preproduction stages. The internet entirely changes this system. A producer can buy their own cameras, pay their own small production team, and deliver their show directly to the web. Like TV, the Internet has its own paradigms, like the expectation of short productions and little if any advertising, but the internet can make shows popular that would never have made it to TV.
One of my favorite examples is “Epic Meal Time”, a Youtube only show produced out of Canada. The show has a ridiculous concept: a cooking show where guys get together to make the most insane, over the top, and terrible for-you-meals. While it is as ridiculous as it sounds, it makes for very engaging programing. Produced weekly, usually around 5 minutes, the show has gone on for a year, becoming one of the most popular things on Youtube. This show would never have made it on network or cable, but can find success on Youtube. Other shows like “ =3”, the most popular channel on youtube, have shown that people can make popular content and avoid the mainstream TV bureaucracy.
This is changing the TV industry in two ways. As already stated, it is easy to produce a show directly to the web and make money on it. Second, it has changed the way mainstream TV finds its ideas as well. As evidenced by the Comedy Central show “Workaholics”, production companies are starting to look more at the internet to find its new productions. I intend to use this to find success in the TV industry. I can use the web to produce popular, well produced content, directly to the web. If I can make an idea that is popular enough, being a Youtube partner alone can produce enough money to fund a show. Secondly, if the idea is good enough the show could be picked up by mainstream media. While there have only been a few examples of this so far, I see this as the way networks find new shows in the future. When I graduate from IC the web will be the biggest place of opportunity for new productions, and I would like to work to make engaging video content on it, and if lucky transfer into mainstream media as well.