Geek & Sundry

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Geek & Sundry, Inc.
Subsidiary
Genre Web series production
Founded 2011
(channel launched April 2, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-04-02))
Founder Felicia Day, Kim Evey, Sheri Bryant
Headquarters Hollywood, California, United States
Revenue Undisclosed[1]
Parent Legendary Digital Networks
Website geekandsundry.com

Geek & Sundry is a commercial YouTube channel and multimedia production company.[1][2] It was launched on April 2, 2012 by actress Felicia Day[3] with Kim Evey and Sheri Bryant[4] as part of YouTube's 100 million dollar original channel initiative. In June 2012, Forbes suggested that "if successful, it could help blaze a trail for the future of network television."[5]

History[edit]

The channel was originally based around three unscripted programs produced by Day: The Flog (hosted by Day), Sword & Laser (hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt) and Tabletop (hosted by actor Wil Wheaton).[1]

Revenue for the company is undisclosed. Before the channel launch, they were given an advance payment by YouTube "against future advertising revenue to jumpstart production."[1]

The channel's founders and hosts of some of its programs have attended a number of fan conventions since its startup in April 2012 including: ComicCon,[6] Dragon*Con,[7] VidCon,[8] and WonderCon.[9] They also attended Comic-Con in 2013.[10]

In March 2013, the channel announced three new series: "Felicia's Ark" (featuring Felicia Day), "Fetch Quest" (created by Jordan Allen-Dutton) and "The Player One[s]". Two programs, "Tabletop" and "Space Janitors", were renewed for season 2 of the channel starting April 1, 2013.[11]

In August 2014, Geek and Sundry was acquired by Legendary Entertainment for an undisclosed sum.[12] In December 2014, Geek and Sundry was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #68.[13]

Programming[edit]

Year Title Created by Notes Status
2012 Dark Horse Motion Comics Dark Horse Videos based on comics published by Dark Horse Comics [14] On Hiatus
2013–2015 Spellslingers Sean Plott Sean "Day9" Plott plays Magic: The Gathering with a different guest per episode.[15] On Hiatus[16]
2012–2013, 2015–Present The Flog Felicia Day A Vlog done by Felicia Day each week.[17] On-Air
2007–2013 The Guild Felicia Day Revolves around the lives of a gamers' online guild, The Knights of Good, who play countless hours of a fantasy MMORPG video game entitled The Game.[18] On Hiatus
2012 Sword & Laser Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt A book club/video podcast based around elements of sci-fi and fantasy.[19] On Hiatus
2012–Present TableTop Wil Wheaton In each episode, one or more boardgames are explained briefly by Wil Wheaton and then he and his guests, usually web or TV personalities, play the game.[20] On-Air
2012 Written By A Kid In each episode, a child tells a story, which is used as the script in order to produce a short video.[1][21] On Hiatus
2012 LearningTown Paul and Storm A sitcom starring Paul and Storm as fictional versions of themselves taking over a classic children's show.[22] On Hiatus
2012-2013 On the Table A wargames show originally run on Beasts of War before moving to Geek and Sundry.[23][24] On Hiatus
2012 The Storyboard Pat Rothfuss’ Authors’ Roundtable[25][26] On Hiatus
2012–2014 Vaginal Fantasy Felicia Day Book club based around romance, novels, and alcohol. It stars Felicia Day, Bonnie Burton, Kiala Kazbee, and Veronica Belmont, as they review romance novels and drink alcohol.[27] Moved to its own channel
2012–Present Space Janitors Davin Lengyel and Geoff Lapaire A live-action comedy series about a group of janitors, who work for an evil overlord.[28] On-Air
2012 MetaDating Sean Plott and friends drink beer and play online romance simulators.[29] On Hiatus
2012 #Parent Kristen Rutherford and Mike Phirman discuss topics relevant to the interests of geek parents.[30][31] On Hiatus
2013 Felicia’s Ark Felicia Day An interactive comedy that stars Felicia Day saving animals from video games, with viewers helping her decide which animals will make it onto her Ark.[11][32] On Hiatus
2013 Fetch Quest Jordan Allen-Dutton An animated, musical comedy about video-game culture created by Jordan Allen-Dutton of Robot Chicken.[11][33] On Hiatus
2013 The Player One[s] A sketch-comedy show that stars the sketch team of the same name finding humour in video-games.[11][34] On Hiatus
2013–Present Co-Optitude Felicia Day In each episode, Felicia Day and her brother Ryon Day play games that were released on older consoles such as the Genesis, Super NES, and Nintendo 64.[35] On-Air
2013 Outlands Adam de la Peña Brought to you by Adam de la Peña (Codemonkeys), this brave group is exploring the deep reaches of space, uncharted planets... in order to build intergalactic convenience stores. Unavailable
2013–2015 Talkin’ Comics Weekly Amy Dallen Amy Dallen takes on her favorite comic of the week, going on adventures with a variety of exciting guests and making sure you won't leave your local comic shop empty handed![36] On Hiatus
2014 Caper Amy Berg & Mike Sizemore Four superhero housemates (Penny, Dagr, Alexia, and Luke) turn to crime when the economic realities of herodom hit home.[37] On Hiatus
2014–Present Unplugged Ashly Burch helps turn video games into real life thrill rides.[38] On Hiatus
2014 Spooked A paranormal comedy featuring the world's cheapest ghost hunters.[39] Season 1 completed
2014 Arcade Arms A series in which Nika Harper explores fantasy game weapons, creating and testing replicas.[40] On Hiatus
2014–Present LARPs Julian Stamboulieh and Jon Verrall A live-action comedy series about a group of friends who LARP, and their interactions in and out of the game.[41]

The series was picked up by Geek & Sundry after the first season had been shown in early 2014: those episodes were removed from the original channel and re-released by G&S in preparation for the second season.[42]

Season 2 completed
2015–Present Critical Role Matthew Mercer Voice actor Matthew Mercer acts as the Dungeon Master for a series of Dungeons & Dragons campaigns with fellow voice actors Laura Bailey (Vex), Taliesin Jaffe (Percy), Ashley Johnson (Pike), Liam O'Brien (Vax), Marisha Ray (Keyleth), Sam Riegel (Scanlan), and Travis Willingham (Grog).[43] On-Air
2015–Present Titansgrave Wil Wheaton Wil Wheaton takes a group of 4 celebrity role players and their characters through a life-threatening adventure in a world far from our own where goblins wield laser rifles, dragons destroy hovercrafts, and great war machines plunder the land.[44][45] Season 1 completed
2016–Present Super Fun Awesome Party Game Time Jesse Cox and Jessica Marzipan take old board games, remix the rules, and create somewhat embarrassing situations with their awesome (and infinitely patient) guests.[46][47] On-Air

Geek & Sundry Vlogs[edit]

Geek & Sundry launched a new channel, Geek & Sundry Vlogs on May 19, 2013, with 10 more vloggers added. All vloggers are mentored by Felicia Day and Jenni Powell, producer of The Lizzie Bennett Diaries.[48]
Their vlogs include:

  • Wordplay Season 2 with Nika "Nikasaur" Harper (Formerly Story Mode)
  • Geeking OUT with Becca Canote (Formerly also with Neil McNeil)
  • Read This! with James “Tigermonkey” Isaacs (Formerly about his quest to the World Thumbwrestling Championships)
  • Sachie
  • Talkin' Comics with Amy Dallen (Formerly a weekly show on the main channel)
  • Jeff Lewis
  • Katie Satow
  • Paul Mason the DIY Guy
  • Critical Hit Cocktails with Mitch Hutts
  • 2 Broke Geeks with Mia Resella and Omar Najam
  • Cristina Viseu
  • Songs of Adventure with Vaughan de Villiers and Caitlin Papier
  • Dael Kingsmill
  • Kiriosity with Kiri Callaghan
  • Wargaming with Teri Litorco
  • Old School Pixel Party with Scott Tumilty
  • Akeem Lawanson
  • Holland Talks Movies with Holland Farkas
  • Two Guest Vloggers every other Tuesday

Vlog Entries[edit]

On May 20, 2013, Geek & Sundry started a search for new vloggers to become a part of their channel. People could submit their entry videos to the channel via YouTube for official review from Geek & Sundry and community feedback.[48]
The second round of "expansion pack" vloggers launched in August 2013. The vlogs channel now included 18 vloggers covering a variety of topics.

Closure[edit]

On February 18, 2015, it was announced on Geek & Sundry's website that the Vlogs channel would be "coming to an end" after almost two years of content.[49]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e G.F. (July 24, 2012). "A tube for all tastes". The Economist. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 30, 2012). "Felicia Day Shifts to Producing Role with New YouTube Channel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  3. ^ Truitt, Brian (April 2, 2012). "Felicia Day launches nerd-friendly Geek & Sundry Web channel". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  4. ^ "FELICIA DAY'S GEEK & SUNDRY UNVEILS THE BEST IN INDIE GEEK CULTURE WITH A DIVERSE ORIGINAL LINE-UP FOR ITS PREMIUM YOUTUBE CHANNEL" (Press release). Geek & Sundry. March 17, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-23. 
  5. ^ Ewalt, David M. (March 2, 2012). "Felicia Day's 'Geek And Sundry' Could Be The Future Of TV". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  6. ^ Rutz, Jeremy (July 2, 2012). "GEEK & SUNDRY'S OFFSITE PLANS FOR COMIC-CON". San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog. 
  7. ^ "FELICIA AT DRAGON*CON". Geek & Sundry. September 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "THE FLOG AT VIDCON 2012". Geek & Sundry. July 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ xaraan (April 1, 2013). "WONDERCON: GEEK & SUNDRY PANEL". outhousers.com. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  10. ^ Tabz (administrator, moderator) (February 11, 2013). "COMICCON 2013". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  11. ^ a b c d Goldberg, Lesley (March 25, 2013). "Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry Sets 3 New Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  12. ^ http://www.nerdist.com/2014/08/felicia-days-geek-and-sundry-joins-the-legendary-digital-network/
  13. ^ "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 75-51!". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Dark Horse". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Spellslingers". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "WHERE THE JUNK IS SPELLSLINGERS???". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  17. ^ "The Flog". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "The Guild". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Sword & Laser". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "TableTop". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Written By A Kid". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "Learning Town". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "On The Table Coming to Geek & Sundry on November 15th!". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "On the Table". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "Showtime". PatrickRothfuss.com. 8 July 2012. 
  26. ^ "Storyboard". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  27. ^ "Vaginal Fantasy". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "Space Janitors". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  29. ^ "MetaDating". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  30. ^ Granshaw, Lisa (11 October 2012). "How to Raise a Happy Geek". moms.today.com. 
  31. ^ "#Parent". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  32. ^ "Felicia's Ark". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  33. ^ "Fetch Quest". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  34. ^ "The Player One[s]". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  35. ^ "Co-Optitude". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  36. ^ "Talkin' Comics Weekly". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  37. ^ "Caper". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  38. ^ "Unplugged". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  39. ^ "Spooked". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  40. ^ "Arcade Arms". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  41. ^ "LARPs". Geek & Sundry. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  42. ^ "FAQ". LARPs The Series. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  43. ^ "Critical Role". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  44. ^ "Titansgrave". Geek & Sundry. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  45. ^ https://www.cnet.com/au/news/wil-wheaton-plays-game-master-in-new-rpg-webseries-titansgrave/
  46. ^ "Super Fun Awesome Party Game Time | Geek and Sundry". geekandsundry.com. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  47. ^ "Introducing: Super Fun Awesome Party Game Time! | Geek and Sundry". Geek and Sundry. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  48. ^ a b "GEEK & SUNDRY LAUNCHES NEW CHANNEL" (Press release). Geek & Sundry. May 19, 2012. 
  49. ^ "GEEK & SUNDRY UPDATE: WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE VLOGS CHANNEL?". Geek & Sundry. 18 February 2015. 

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