WIGS (web channel)

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WIGS
Genre Scripted and Unscripted Web Series
Created by Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia
Starring Julia Stiles
Troian Bellisario
Jennifer Beals
Kim Shaw
Sarah Jones
America Ferrera
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Melonie Diaz
Laura Spencer
Caitlin Gerard
Maura Tierney
Rosanna Arquette
Catherine O'Hara
Jena Malone
No. of series 3 in Season 2
13 in Season 1
No. of episodes
Scripted
100 in Season 1 and 2
Unscripted
11 in Season 1
Short films
7
Production
Location(s) Culver City, California
Broadcast
Original channel http://www.watchwigs.com
Original airing May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14)
External links
watchwigs.com

WIGS is a web channel, part of the YouTube Original Channel Initiative.[1] It presents a series of short films and documentaries about the lives of women.[2] WIGS offers broadcast-quality dramatic fare designed to appeal to female viewers.[3]

Each installment is around five to ten minutes in length.[4] The channel was co-created by Jon Avnet, producer of Black Swan and Risky Business,[5] and Rodrigo Garcia, who directed Albert Nobbs and In Treatment.[6]

History[edit]

Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia developed and wrote a handful of series[7] and they recruited writers and directors such as Lesli Linka Glatter, Rose Troche, Amy Lippman,[8] Marta Kauffman,[9] and most recently, Julia Stiles,[10] to direct projects for the channel.[11] They have recruited actors such as Jennifer Beals, Jena Malone, Troian Bellisario, and Julia Stiles.

WIGS officially launched on May 14, 2012.[11] WIGS releases new episodes every Friday on YouTube. The channel's first season includes 100 episodes of short films, series and documentaries.[11] "Jan," written and directed by Jon Avnet, was the first series released by WIGS.[12] While the channel's tagline "Where it gets interesting" does not fully match the acronym WIGS; on their website, the words "Where It Gets . . ." are used to begin to describe each series, and the last word is changed. For example, for the first series, "Jan," the tagline is, "Where It Gets Spicy." [13]

On February 19, 2013, Fox announced the launch of an event series and multiplatform programming department and a multiyear partnership with WIGS.[14] The multiyear programming, marketing and distribution pact with WIGS will serve as an incubator for original content that can be programmed on Fox or other networks.[15] WIGS will fall under Fox's Shana C. Waterman's purview.[16]

In May 2013, WIGS celebrated its first anniversary and combined viewing figures of over 33 million. The channel is currently YouTube's number one channel for scripted drama.[17]

Beginning in June 2013, WIGS released seven of its series ("Blue,"[18] "Lauren," "Jan," "Christine," "Ruth & Erica," "Audrey," and "Vanessa & Jan") on Hulu under the FOX banner.[19] The series were recut into fewer, longer episodes for the new medium.

In September 2013, WIGS announced that "Blue" will return for a 3rd season, adding Eric Stoltz and Alexz Johnson to the cast.[20]

WIGS Series[edit]

The channel features series that follow the lives of different women. The stories include a poker player on a losing streak, a mother with a secret life and one that follows a woman on a series of speed dates. Many of them follow a woman's professional life, romance, war, or family structures.[21]

Year Season Series Episode Number Cast Additional Information
2013 1 "Susanna" 12 Anna Paquin, Maggie Grace Written and directed by Jon Avnet.[22]

A new mother must rely on her investment-banker sister to look after her and her baby after developing postpartum depression [23]

2013 1 "Paloma" 4 Grace Gummer, Rhys Coiro, Garret Dillahunt A young woman deals with the unpredictability of relationships—both in romance and in the workplace. Written and directed by Julia Stiles.
2013 2 "Lauren" 12 Troian Bellisario, Jennifer Beals, Bradley Whitford, Raymond Cruz, Sean Harmon, Mykelti Williamson, iJustine, Sarah Jones When a soldier reports an assault, she is forced to choose between what she loves and what’s right. Written by Jay Rodan and directed by Jon Avnet.
2013 3 "Blue" 40 Julia Stiles, Alexz Johnson, Uriah Shelton, David Harbour, Mark Consuelos, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holly Robinson Peete, Kathleen Quinlan, Carla Gallo, James Morrison Blue is a mother with a secret life. She’ll do anything to keep it from her son. But her past has other plans. Written by Rodrigo Garcia and Karen Graci. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia.
2012 1 "Ro" 6 Melonie Diaz, Scott Michael Campbell, Christopher Carley, Colleen Foy, William Mapother, AJ Trauth, Jonathan Tucker A woman's attempt to shed her past and reinvent herself at a speed dating event is thwarted when she runs into her probation officer. Written by Mattie Brickman and directed by Patricia Cardoso.
2012 1 "Gumdrop" Short Film Venti Hristova A robot's life story emerges during a casting session. Written by Kerry Conran and directed by Kerry Conran and Stephen Lawes.
2012 1 "Mary" Short Film Melora Walters, Patrick Fabian, Eric Roberts An emergency room doctor is distressed when a familiar face is brought in for treatment. Written by Rodrigo Garcia and directed by Tracey Gallacher.
2012 1 "Kendra" 8 Sarah Jones, Kate Beahan, Bill Brochtrup, Jason Isaacs, Devaughn Nixon, Leland Orser, Sydney Poitier, Yaniv Rokah A post-op nurse experiences the world of the twilight room where painful secrets of her patients under anesthesia are revealed, and the consequences play out. Written by and directed by Jon Avnet.
2012 1 "Audrey" 6 Kim Shaw, Bobby Campo, Gary Cole, Arielle Kebbel, Amy Pietz A bubbly young woman tries to rise up the ranks in the culinary world, but her appetite for both love and haute cuisine complicates her journey. Written by Leah Rachel and directed by Betty Thomas.
2012 1 "Celia" Short Film Allison Janney, Dakota Fanning A doctor is forced into an uncomfortable decision when her patient turns out to be the daughter of an old friend. Written by and directed by Rodrigo Garcia.
2012 1 "Ruth & Erica" 13 Maura Tierney, Lois Smith, Philip Baker Hall, Michael C. Hall, Steven Weber A woman struggles with her mother's reluctance to make the life changes necessary in light of her increasing frailty. Written by and directed by Amy Lippman.
2012 1 "Georgia" 3 Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Harold Perrineau, Nancy Carell, Mark Povinelli, Rusty Schwimmer, Debra Azar, Nikki McCauley, Jason Gedrick A yoga psychotherapist tries to bring some serenity into her clients' lives, and her own. Written by and directed by Marta Kauffman.
2012 1 "Vanessa & Jan" 6 Caitlin Gerard, Laura Spencer, Walton Goggins, Jimmy Wolk, Kevin Christy, David Del Rio, Adam Rose, Langston Fishburne A young woman brings her friend to a speed dating event and things go awry. Written by and directed by Jon Avnet.
2012 1 "Rochelle" 3 Rosanna Arquette, Nazanin Boniadi An ex-wife seeks revenge. Written by Scott Turow and directed by Rose Troche.
2012 1 "Jennifer" Short Film Dana Davis, Dawnn Lewis, Mark Ivanir, Angelique Cabral, Ty Granderson Jones, Zubevi Khalifani In the near future, a tough job market results in a creative solution for handling dangerous convicted felons. Written and directed by Mykelti Williamson.
2012 1 "Leslie" 2 Catherine O'Hara, Anthony "Cass" Castelow An actress vying for the role of Mother Teresa sees a chance to play the part in her real life. Written by Mitch Albom and Jesse Nesser and directed by Mitch Albom.
2012 1 "Lauren" 3 Troian Bellisario, Jennifer Beals, Mike Serlin, Alex Smith, Justin Woods When a soldier reports an assault, she is forced to choose between what she loves and what's right. Written by Jay Rodan and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
2012 1 "Christine" 12 America Ferrera, Eric Balfour, Gary Dourdan, Josh Malina, Emily Rutherfurd, Corey Stoll A young woman on a nutty evening of speed dating. Written by and directed by Rodrigo Garcia.
2012 1 "Dakota" 3 Jena Malone, Michael Massee, Jason O’Mara A poker player on a short losing streak is invited to a high stakes home game, but the stakes for her son are what matter most. Written and directed by Ami Canaan Mann.
2012 1 "Allison" Short Film Marin Ireland, Joel Johnstone What happens when you go 90% of the way? Written and directed by Paul Brickman.
2012 1 "Denise" Short Film Alison Pill, Chris Messina, T. Lynn Mikeska A girl helps a guy untangle his web of lies. Written by Neil LaBute and directed by Lee Toland Krieger.
2012 1 "Serena" Short Film Jennifer Garner, Alfred Molina An aging actress. A forbidden lover. A wife who does 90%. Experience brief moments in the eclectic lives of these characters and more in our series of short films. Written by and directed by Rodrigo Garcia.
2012 1 "Jan" 15 Caitlin Gerard, Stephen Moyer, Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, Jaime Murray, Laura Spencer Jan handles a camera like a pro. Now if only she can do the same with the seductive actor, her charismatic ex, and her prickly boss. Written by and directed by Jon Avnet.

Awards and accolades[edit]

Main article: List of Awards
Year Season Series Award Category Recipients and Nominees Outcome
2012 1 "Blue" IAWTV Best Female Performance Drama Julia Stiles Winner
2012 1 "Lauren" IAWTV Best Female Performance Drama Troian Bellisario Nominee
2012 1 "Lauren" Streamy Awards Best Drama Series N/A Nominee
2012 1 "Lauren" Streamy Awards Best Female Performance Drama Troian Bellisario Nominee
2012 1 "Jan" Streamy Awards Best Director Jon Avnet Nominee
2012 1 "Lauren" Writers Guild of America Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media Jay Rodan Nominee
2012 1 "Lauren" New York Festivals Best Drama Series N/A Nominee
2012 1 "Blue" New York Festivals Best Performance By An Actress Julia Stiles Nominee
2012 1 "Lauren" New York Festivals Best Performance By An Actress Troian Bellisario Winner
2013 2 "Blue" IAWTV Best Drama Series N/A Nominee
2013 2 "Susanna" IAWTV Best Drama Series N/A Nominee
2013 2 "Blue" IAWTV Best Directing (Drama) Rodrigo Garcia Winner
2013 2 "Lauren" IAWTV Best Directing (Drama) Jon Avnet Nominee
2013 2 "Blue" IAWTV Best Female Performance (Drama) Julia Stiles Winner
2013 2 "Lauren" IAWTV Best Female Performance (Drama) Troian Bellisario Nominee
2013 2 "Susanna" IAWTV Best Female Performance (Drama) Maggie Grace Nominee
2013 2 "Susanna" IAWTV Best Female Performance (Drama) Anna Paquin Nominee
2013 2 "Blue" IAWTV Best Writing (Drama) Rodrigo Garcia Nominee
2013 2 "Lauren" IAWTV Best Writing (Drama) Jay Rodan Jon Avnet Nominee
2013 2 WIGS IAWTV Best Online Channel N/A Winner
2013 2 "Lauren" IAWTV Best Returning Series N/A Nominee

References[edit]

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  16. ^ Morabito, Andrea. "Fox Restructures Current Programming Team". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  17. ^ Variety http://variety.com/2013/scene/news/wigs-celebrates-first-anniversary-1200446890/ |url= missing title (help). 
  18. ^ Spangler, Todd. "Hulu Picks Up WIGS Series as Fox Expands Beyond YouTube". Variety.com. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  19. ^ http://www.hulu.com/companies/fox. Retrieved 3 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  21. ^ "WIGS on YouTube". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  22. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2013/04/anna-paquin-maggie-grace-web-series-susanna-wigs/
  23. ^ Hurwitz, Daniel (16 June 2013). "TV on the Web: Anna Paquin's new blood". USA Today. 

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