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Media Talks: Developing a Web Series

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion where experienced TV, film, and web series producers give invaluable advice and guidance so that you can develop your own successful web series.


Thu, Aug 2, 2018  |  6:30-8PM


  • Photo: Klaus Hausmann

  • Pictured (l to r): Laura Archer, Norman Lam, Calaine Schafer, and Alex Spieth.

Do you have a show idea that doesn’t fit the time frame or model of standard television? Try your hand at developing a web series!

Did you know that a number of TV shows started out as a web series? Broad City and Insecure are just a few of the many examples.

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion where experienced TV, film, and web series producers give invaluable advice and guidance so that you can develop your own successful web series.

Laura Archer is the founder and creative director of March Forth Productions. She has worked in theater and film production for the last ten years on projects ranging from small short films to large Broadway musicals. She started March Forth in December 2013. To date, March Forth has produced The Ticket Seller (Winner Best Short Drama North Bay Art & Film Festival), The Angels of Mons (play), BE Bettina & Elaine seasons 1 and 2 (Audience Choice Award San Francisco Web Fest), Things I Don’t Want to Talk About: a hero(ine)'s journey (play), The Starving Artists Fund (short film), various workshops and readings, and an Annual Summer Reading Salon. Her most recent directing venture was a one take musical number parodying La La Land. Laura recently received her MFA in film producing as part of the inaugural class at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. |

Norman Lam is a New York City based filmmaker who has produced numerous documentary series for cable television in Brooklyn and was assistant camera on various reality television and film projects including the indie feature, The We and the I, directed by Michele Gondry. He was director of cinematography and served as executive producer on the Lucky Boys. He is also a co-owner of Old Kid Productions, which produces short films, episodic series and features. The production company is currently in production for their horror feature, SAY.

Calaine Schafer is the co-creator/producer/star of the award winning web-series BE Bettina & Elaine (Watch both seasons online @ Schafer is an actor and content creator seeking opportunities in all shapes, sizes, and mediums. She grew up around the world, from Arizona to New Zealand, and first came to NYC to receive her BFA in theater from NYU Tisch where she studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and RADA. She will be starring in Company of Fool’s production of Plucker come this September at Access Theatre, but you can catch her before that as a woman who is convinced she is a chicken in The Soothing System playing at the Kew Gardens Festival of Film. Other credits include: Hot L Baltimore (Harold Clurman Lab Theatre Company), Broken City Wall Street (PopUp Theatrics), Crisis: Ocean Planet (Gallery Players), Patronage (Random Access Theatre), The Tragedy of Dandelion (Urban Stages Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Accidental Shakespeare at the Pearl), Holy Crab! (Ensemble Studio Theatre), A Long Distance Affair (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Find out more at:

Alex Spieth is an actor/writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is the creator of Blank My Life ( Blank has been featured on IndieWire, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, GirlTalkHQ, and Jill Soloway's Internet Platform Additionally, Blank My Life was honored by Brooklyn Free Speech Television's B Free Awards and has been a selection at Brooklyn WebFest and NYC Web Fest. As an actor, Alex has worked with The Public Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Quantum Theatre, and Irondale Ensemble. She tours Jane Doe, a one women show about rape culture in our communities to colleges and universities (recently seen at Hofstra, Duquesne, University of Omaha, etc.) Carnegie Mellon BFA in Acting.

Jessica Mason began her career at the New Paltz Oracle newspaper as a staff writer and copy editor while earning her B.A. in Journalism from the State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY). After obtaining her M.A, in Media Studies from CUNY Brooklyn College, where she was able to expand her production experience, she spent two years as a field associate producer for the New York Emmy Award winning PBS program Transit Transit News Magazine. Mason now works as the adult media education coordinator with BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech Team.

Media Talks features professional television producers, directors, documentary filmmakers, video editors, and new media producers sharing their perspectives and stories with the community. These lively and inspiring discussions are held throughout the borough and air on our Brooklyn Free Speech channels. BRIC Media Talks are always free and open to the public.


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