And a bunch of other guys.
I’ll copy the press release below, but the short version is that Machinima.com have managed to do what they’ve been aiming at for ages - get some really high-quality Hollywood talent in to produce Machinima programs for the site.
Amongst the list they’ve got former writers on Futurama, The Simpsons (indeed, they’ve got Bill Oakley, one of the later showrunners on the series) , Cheers, Saturday Night Live, and a lot of others.
It still remains to be seen how well the entire thing works out, of course, but the signs are good. Congratulations to Philip DeBevoise and the M.Com team on putting this together! Great news to end the year.
(What engines will they be using? The public wants to know…)
TOP WRITERS FROM THE SIMPSONS, FUTURAMA AND FAMILY GUY JOIN FORCES WITH MACHINIMA.COM TO CREATE THE MACHINIMA COMEDY LAB
Revolutionary Digital Development Deal Creates 15 Original Episodic Pilots
LOS ANGELES â€“ December 18, 2008 â€“ Machinima.com, the premier entertainment network for the
gaming generation, today announced the creation of the Machinima Comedy Lab; a collaboration with
fifteen leading episodic television writers from popular seriesâ€”such as The Simpsons, Saturday Night
Live and Seinfeldâ€”to develop 15 original episodic comedy pilots for the Machinima.com network.
Revolutionizing the digital content development process, Machinima.com is pioneering a cost effective
way to create computer-generated online programming with professional Hollywood talent to incubate
series that can migrate from the Internet to traditional platforms like broadcast and cable TV.
Machinimaâ€“a word derived from the combination of machine and cinemaâ€”is the term used to describe
the creation of computer-generated video created in real time by leveraging video game engines and
environments. Machinima became widely known by the entertainment industry in 2006 when the creators
of South Park released the Emmy Award winning episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft,” a large portion of
which was created with machinima techniques inside the massively popular online game “World of
â€œMachinima.com lets us put our work in front of an audience that already knows and loves our style of
writing and is embracing new forms of digital entertainment,â€ said Bill Oakley, an Emmy-winning writer
and past showrunner of The Simpsons. â€œWe get to do what we love the mostâ€”write and create fun
content while Machinima.com handles all the production, marketing and distribution.â€
The series will be distributed on the Machinima.com network, which served more than 38 million video
views in November, is among the top five most-viewed channels each month on YouTube, and in less
than 14 months, has become the seventh most subscribed YouTube channel of all-time. Machinima.com
provides a revolutionary platform for creative talent to develop computer generated content using video
games where all game components, including the characters, sets and environments can serve as a
â€œvirtual backlotâ€ to quickly and inexpensively generate high-end original content in real time.
The Machinima Comedy Lab pilots will be created by top Hollywood writers, including:
Chris Cluess: Mad TV, The Simpsons, Beggars and Choosers, Cheers, SCTV
Bill Freiberger: Drawn Together, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Simpsons
Eric Horsted: Boondocks, Knights of Prosperity, Futurama, Home Improvement, Coach
Ken Keeler: Futurama, The Simpsons, Wings, The Naked Truth, The Critic, The Late Show
Stacie Lipp: King of Queens, Roseanne, Married With Children
Christina Lynch: Wildfire, The Dead Zone, Unhappily Ever After
Peggy Nicoll: WordGirl, Daria
Bill Oakley: Mission Hill, The Simpsons, Futurama
Max Pross & Tom Gammill: The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Monk, The Critic, Saturday Night Live, The
Mike Rowe: Family Guy, Futurama, Comedy Central Roasts, The Jaime Kennedy Experiment
Loren Segan: Wildfire, The Dead Zone, Spyder Games
Patric M. Verrone: Futurama, Muppets Tonight!, The Simpsons, The Critic, Pinky and the Brain
Maiya Williams: Mad TV, The PJs, The Wayans Bros., The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
â€œThis is the future of comedy in new media â€“ a fast and low cost way for writers to create shows that
attract an existing audience,â€ said Patric M. Verrone, an Emmy-winning writer and president of WGA
West. â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to break ground and forge a relationship that empowers independent production and
gives writers both creative freedom and financial participation.â€
â€œAs an emerging entertainment network, weâ€™re dedicated to bringing aboard top creative talent,â€ said
Allen DeBevoise, Machinima.com chairman and chief executive officer. â€œMachinima.com provides these
writers with a new, evolving medium in which to reach the highly desired 18 to 34 male audience,
showcase creativity and develop episodic pilots for multiple platforms.â€
Machinima.com is the premier entertainment network dedicated to the gaming generation with the best
and most extensive original machinima content. Machinimaâ€“a word derived from the combination of
machine and cinemaâ€”is the term used to describe the creation of computer-generated video created in
real time by leveraging video game engines and environments. Machinima.com is comprised of highlyengaged
gamers and content creators and is the seventh most subscribed YouTube channel and serves
more than 38 million videos views per month. Companies from the film, gaming and consumer industries
are using Machinima.com as an advertising platform to launch new video games and movies and to reach
gaming and film enthusiasts around the world. Current Machinima.com advertisers include: EA, Hewlett-
Packard, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Paramount Pictures, Sega, Universal Studios; Warner Bros. and
others. To learn more, visit www.machinima.com or its YouTube channel.