Quarterlife, an online drama series and social networking site for artists, thinkers, and doers, will make a controversial jump from Web to TV starting next year.
NBC has inked a distribution deal to air Quarterlife on TV. The deal also gives NBC the right to air the show on the Internet as well as on DVD.
Quarterlife has made its debut on MyspaceTV.com on November 11, 2007 and will soon be available in other video-sharing sites like YouTube.com and Facebook. Each Quarterlife webisode is about eight minutes long. All 36 eight-minute episodes will be combined to make an hourlong TV show.
While this is indeed a positive development for the aspiring writers and movie makers in the online community, this will be a stumbling block for the TV and film writers who are on strike.
If the strike continues, other TV networks will also be tempted to search the Internet for entertaining contents to keep its business afloat. This can weaken the position of those writers to get better remuneration.
Originally posted on November 19, 2007 @ 11:32 am