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Where Are These Web Series Stars Now: ‘Oz Girls’ Sophie Tilson

When the web series format burst on the scene in the early days of Youtube, it brought with it a great deal of promise for young creatives looking to break into the competitive entertainment industry. The shorter format and smaller budget requirements allowed Diy film-makers the opportunity to create, free of interference from studio gatekeepers, while the democratized distribution ensured that every series, good or bad (Oh, so many bad ones), had the ability to find an audience. Those series that did manage to cut through the clutter, gave the creative individuals involved opportunities they might not have had otherwise.

As the tenth anniversary of the web series draws near, now is the perfect time to see what impact they have had on careers. First up, Sophie Tilson.

In 2009, Sophie Tilson starred in the Streamy award winning, Australian web series, OzGirl, which Tilson also co-created and produced. The story centered on Sophie's character,
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Academy offers new courses for actors

Los Angeles- based The Australian Film & Television Academy (Tafta) is introducing two new programs later this year, one designed to coach teenage actors, the other involving workshops with top casting directors.

In another innovation, the Academy is opening its La Experience course, which started several years ago to enable Australian actors to display their skills to managers, talent agents and casting directors, to international students from around the globe.

The Teen La Experience will run twice a year, based on the La Experience but condensed to 10 days and aimed at teens aged 12-17 years.

The Casting Director Intensive (Cdi) workshops will enable actors to sharpen their audition and cold reading skills and time management over two days in six individual sessions with six different casting directors, including David Rapaport and Lyndsey Baldasare.

Founded by John Orcsik in 1994, Tafta is dedicated to teaching and helping develop the craft of acting in
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Ozgirl joins Fairfax Digital

Web series OzGirl will be hosted on Fairfax Digital from Monday 25 July.

The 23-episode serieswill be distributed across The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times Online websites.

Prior to this, the series was originally distributed on in-flight entertainment for Virgin Australia, on Apple iTunes, Microsoft Zune, TiVo and KoldCast TV.

OzGirl stars Sophie Tilson (Neighbours) as Sadie Brown who moves from country Victoria to Melbourne with her former child-star cousin. Done in a documentary style, directed by Nicholas Carlton and the team won Best Web Series and Best Acting at the 4th International Television Festival in Los Angeles, Best Foreign Series at the 2nd Streamy Awards and was an Official Honoree at the 14th Webby Awards in the Drama category.

Season 2 is represented by branded content distributor RedLever.
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Catching Up With ‘OzGirl’ Shanrah Wakefield

This is the first in a new series of profiles centered on the people who make web series. The goal is to provide a bit of insight into not only the actors but also the writers, creators, and even the agents and executives working in the web TV space. Hopefully, this will be a series that readers will enjoy. First up, OzGirl star, Shanrah Wakefield. Shanrah Wakefield grew up in the small town of Moe (pronounced Mowee) in Victoria, Australia before moving to Melbourne when she was 17. After a stint at the Lee Strasburg Theater Institute in Los Angeles, she returned to Australia and graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, earning degrees in Liberal Arts and Law. In Australia, one can earn a law degree in four years rather than the debt-crushing seven needed in the Us. “I think people will be surprised to learn I’m a lawyer”, she
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Streamys 2010 Nominees Announced

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The nominees for the 2010 Streamys were announced today. The Streamys celebrate online television programming and this year they have a fantastic line up of nominees. Last year was the Streamys debut year and the winners included high profile shows such as Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and the exceptional Battlestar Galactica web series The Face of the Enemy.

This year there is even more competition with some really interesting content now being released on the web rather than through more traditional media routes. Two of my favourites from this year’s nominee list are the excellent Interview Project which is presented by davidlynch.com and the slightly flawed but thoroughly enjoyable Angel of Death, created by Ed Brubaker and starring Zoe Bell, which also received a DVD release last year.

The awards ceremony takes place on April 11th 2010 and the full list of nominees is listed below with handy links
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Streamy Nominees Show Academy’s Newfound Global Tastes

Academy voters had their hands full this year in pairing down some 2,000 web shows submitted from fans in over 100 different countries. Voters weren't shy in acknowledging the international fare with nominated series coming from Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, France, Canada and The United States. The official nominees for the 2nd Annual Streamy Awards were announced this morning in a live streamed internet broadcast led by CBSNews.com's Shira Lazar and theStream.tv's Jim Festante. Click here for the full list of Streamy Award nominees. Whole Lotta Drama While comedy series seemed to run the table last year thanks to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and The Guild, this time voters lauded a handful of dramas with multiple nominations. The Bannen Way led with seven nominations including Best Drama, Best Writing, Best Directing and Best Actor for co-creator and lead Mark Gantt. Gritty indie drama Compulsions also is in the Best Drama hunt,
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The life and times of Ian Dury | pop

He could be warm and witty... or cruel and obnoxious. But there was never any doubt he was a true artist. We recall the life and times of Ian Dury, now the subject of both a new film and biography

In Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, the new Ian Dury biopic, there is a scene that faithfully records the first time Dury met his songwriting partner, Chaz Jankel. It is May 1976 and the singer has just hobbled off stage after a particularly ramshackle London pub gig with his band of bedraggled misfits, Kilburn & the High Roads. The young, clean-cut Jankel strolls into the dressing room, grinning widely, and introduces himself. "Do I know you?" asks Dury, fixing him with a malevolent stare. "No," replies Jankel, still grinning. "Well do us a favour then," barks Dury, "and fuck off!"

Kilburn's guitarist Ed Speight convinced Jankel to return to the dressing room. In doing so,
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‘OzGirl’ Takes Off With Virgin Australia, Launches Carlton Digital

We've said it before, but this whole web series movement isn't just an American thing. Sure, it's quite the rage here in the states and especially in our own backyard of Los Angeles. But still, there are web series created daily all over the world, some of which we can't understand what's being said, and we do our best to keep you fine readers up to speed on these foreign gems. News out of Australian web series scene today is twofold—first, that indie drama OzGirl has inked a deal with Virgin's V Australia to be on the seatback screens of all its flights (and trust us, those are really long flights) starting in Novemeber for a one year run of its 23 episodes through its free on demand video service. The low-budget indie series, which was shot for a reported $7000 (Aus), is no stranger to Us web series fans however since it launched last fall,
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