Brad Bell and Jane Espenson – Inventing Television

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As some of you know, we’ve been filming Talks@Google with our friends over at MediaOne. This the most recent one to go live. Check it out.

TV writer Jane Espenson (Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time), and Brad “Cheeks” Bell spoke at Google about their online sitcom, Husbands, just days after the start of the second season. The critically acclaimed series is a fresh take on a Vegas marriage, and features guest stars from Joss Whedon shows, including Joss himself, and from Battlestar Galactica.

Jane spoke earlier this year at Google, when Husbands was still in its first season. Now, Jane and Brad share many more insights about what has and hasn’t worked with their successful, self-started YouTube series, and what it spells for the future of online TV. In Brad’s words:

“Together, Jane and I combine ready-made and complementary high-level insights. Having been completely immersed in the realm of new media entertainment this last year, we’ve learned much more, both as creators and as audience members. It’s brought to light a fresh vision about the future of content development online — how it’s being done right, how it fails, and how it can thrive.”

What’s cooking?

It’s Tuesday’s with friends, and you should be watching our friend Dalan’s show “Cooking with Sommer”. Here’s episodes 3:

and Episode 4 to catch you up:

Dalan’s a really talented filmmaker. We think he and Sommer’s show is hilarious, and we can’t wait for more.

JADED Sizzle Reel

This is a sizzle reel for JADED featuring videos produced before 2011. It’s meant to be fast, fun, and to communicate the scope of what we’re capable of with an emphasis on Branded Content, Serial Programming, and Non-Fiction.

It features work written, produced, shot, or edited (and in many cases a combination of all of the above) by Abby and/ or Jeremey. It includes work produced as staff at Nick@Nite and TV Land, Current TV, HarperCollins, and Seesmic. It includes client work for Bank of America (iB5k), ESPN, Causes, Current TV, Supercharged: The Life and Times of Tim Brauch, Institute for the Future, Roughneck Hardware, and DWNTWN Skate Supply. It also includes clips from independently produced projects including Make it Happen: DIY Across America, It’s a Rough Life, and Roughcutz Da Movie.

Full list of videos below:

DWNTWN: SOMA
One Ride
Current TV: Sisterz of the Underground
DWNTWN: Tenderloin
Roughneck Hardware: BART Tour 2010
Make It Happen: Chuck Perkins and Voices of the Big Easy
Roughcutz Da Movie
Make It Happen: Lost Film Fest
HarperOne: Tales of Wonder by Huston Smith
Bank of America: BUILT NYC
Bank of America: White Memorial Hospital
Bank of America: Adams and Central
Bank of America: Butte College Workforce Development
It’s a Rough Life
Causes.com: The Gift of Giving
ESPN.com: Roughneck BART Tour 2009
Atlas Skateboard Store
Supercharged, the Life and Times of Tim Brauch: Open/ Web Promo
Nick@Nite: Brady Weekend Promo
Institue for the Future: Future Cal Courts Employee Orientation
HarperOne: Mariel’s Kitchen by Mariel Hemingway
Current TV: Current@Bonnaroo, SuchNSuch
Seesmic Cafe
Unboxing on Seesmic
Yahoo! Current Action Buzz
Thrasher Bust or Bail 2008
Make It Happen: Lowcard
Current TV: Invisible Children, Displace Me
Seesmic DuJour
Make It Happen: Okay Mountain
Make It Happen: Austin Craft Mafia
Institue for the Future: Cal Courts Justice Chronicles
Current TV: BlakkBox, Kidnapped

The track is “Callin’ Out” by Lyrics Born from the album Later That Day

It’s a Rough Life Episode 3: Roughside of Utah Finale

It’s a Rough Life, a reality series about Johnny Roughneck.

In Part 3 of Johnny’s adventure to Salt Lake City, the “Rough side of the Traxx” heads to the Wave, but the Roughneck crew has a little trouble on the way. Eventually the skating goes off at the Wave, and then the contest rolls to the U where the Salt Lake City skaters take turns throwing tricks down a big set of stairs. After the last spot it’s off to the afterparty behind the Fice Boutique for the winners ceremony.

It’s a Rough Life Episode 2: Roughside of Utah Pt.2

In Part 2 of Johnny’s adventure to Salt Lake City, the “Rough side of the Traxx” contest gets started. But not without some drama with one of Johnny’s Sales Reps who shows up riding the competition’s product. All the riders head out and we get to see chaos on train and the first spot, Dead Goat Ledge.

It’s a Rough Life: Roughside of the Trax Complete

It’s a Rough Life, a reality series about Johnny Roughneck.

Johnny flies to Salt Lake City to host “Rough Side of the Trax 2″ — his event where kids barge the trains to skate spots across the city. This is the complete story arc, a combination of three webisodes.

On day one, check out the behind the scenes leading up to the event and see Johnny’s Utah digs. Then Johnny heads to SLUG Magazine (Salt Lake Underground) to meet the crew. On day 2, the “Rough side of the Trax” contest gets started. But not without some drama with one of Johnny’s Sales Reps who shows up riding the competition’s product. After that is sorted out, the Roughnecks head to registration and then all the riders head out to the train and the first spot, Dead Goat Ledge. Then it’s on to the Wave, but the Roughneck crew has a little trouble on the way. Eventually the skating goes off at the second spot, and the contest rolls to the U where the Salt Lake City skaters take turns throwing tricks down a big set of stairs. After the last spot it’s off to the afterparty behind the Fice Boutique for the winners ceremony.

It’s a Rough Life Episode 3 is up! Utah Finale @aroughlife

In Part 3 of Johnny’s adventure to Salt Lake City, the “Rough side of the Traxx” heads to the Wave, but the Roughneck crew has a little trouble on the way. Eventually the skating goes off at the Wave, and then the contest rolls to the U where the Salt Lake City skaters take turns throwing tricks down a big set of stairs. After the last spot it’s off to the afterparty behind the Fice Boutique for the winners ceremony.

This episode wraps up Roughneck in Utah. We worked really hard to get these out so quickly after Roughside of the Trax, and we hope you all enjoyed them. Once again we have to thank all of the people who have been supportive of this project. Our friend Ben Youngermen, Benny Gold, Lowcard Mag, Slap Magazine, Typical Culture, Shrewgy over at Ace Trucks, Stunner of the MonthPaying in Pain, California Street/ Hidehiko Fujiwara, Dalan McNabola (for all the social media support), Jimmy Nelson and the Roughneck Hardware squadron (and Panda for being a good sport), and so many more.

There’s more coming. Next week we’re doing a little trip back in time to Phoenix Am 2010 for the Phoenix Saga! Stay tuned.

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@aroughlife Episode 2 is up! Roughside of the Trax Part II

In Part 2 of Johnny’s adventure to Salt Lake City, the “Rough side of the Traxx” contest gets started. But not without some drama with one of Johnny’s Sales Reps who shows up riding the competition’s product. All the riders head out and we get to see chaos on train and the first spot, Dead Goat Ledge.

We’ve been working hard on these, and we appreciate all the support we’ve gotten, especially from the likes of Benny Gold, Lowcard, Typical Culture, and the posts on Slap and other big action sports websites.

Today, we’re audio finishing Episode 3 (the Utah closer, premiering October 20th). Then we’ll get into logging the epic BART Tour 2011 Episodes and putting together questions for Johnny’s spinal interview. The Phoenix (Am) Saga starts on October 27.

If you missed the first Episode you can watch it here now.

And do us a favor and give us some hits on the site, we’re trying to blow this thing up. Click here.

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It’s a Rough Life dot com is up!

Today we officially launched It’s a Rough Life dot com with a new promo about Johnny Roughneck and why he does all the things he does.

The inaugural season of It’s a Rough Life will be a look into Johnny’s hectic reality through a collection of stories captured over the last two years. Each episode will range from 3-6 minutes.

For more about Johnny Roughneck, and a deeper look into the idea behind It’s a Rough Life, take a look at our Treatment. We want to get people excited about this first season so that we can raise funds to make another one with a full production crew and post pipeline. Our ultimate goal is to turn It’s a Rough Life into a television series.

So check out the site. Like us on Facebook, follow Johnny on Twitter, and stay tuned for lots more antics from the Roughneck squad every Thursday.

New JADED Promo Reel!

Enjoy our first JADED sizzler! Jeremey wanted to name it “We Out Here”, but Abby thought that would look like we had bad grammer.

This promo is a long time coming. The last reels we cut were in 2006 after we left Current TV. Almost every year since then, we have planned to produce a new one, but it’s never been able to rise high enough on the priority list to become a reality. How it happened now is mystery to us. We are actually really busy. Slammed in fact. We’re working a big job for an important client. Yet somehow, in between rounds of notes, Jeremey was inspired to start cutting a promo reel. We figured that we’d get something started and get around to finishing it at some unknown moment in the future… and then it just came together. Crazy. We’re really happy with this video, and we hope you enjoy it.

It’s meant to be fast, fun, and to communicate the scope of what we’re capable of with an emphasis on Branded Content, Serial Programming, and Non-Fiction.

It features work written, produced, shot, or edited (and in many cases a combination of all of the above) by Abby and/ or Jeremey. It includes work produced as staff at Nick@Nite and TV Land, Current TV, HarperCollins, and Seesmic. It includes client work for Bank of America (iB5k), ESPN, Causes, Current TV, Supercharged: The Life and Times of Tim Brauch, Institute for the Future, Roughneck Hardware, and DWNTWN Skate Supply. It also includes clips from independently produced projects including Make it Happen: DIY Across America, It’s a Rough Life, and Roughcutz Da Movie. For a full list of videos used in this promo click here.

The track is “Callin’ Out” by Lyrics Born from the album Later That Day……

Enjoy!