New Media and the Internet: Getting Your Stuff Online

This introductory course surveys the landscape of New Media Entertainment. Assessing technologies, strategies and trends in the industry, students will be exposed to the latest approaches to digital storytelling. Additionally, students will develop their own new media series with the final output being a series bible as well as a produced 5 minute original “webisode.” 

To make it in Hollywood, you’ve got to be able to write a great script. But that’s only the beginning – then you’ve got to find a way to get people to read it. And before you can do that, you’ve got to figure out how to make them want to read it. That’s where your web series comes in. Opening a 60 – or 90 or 120 – page script is work. Clicking on a five minute video is easy. Which means you’ve got the length of a web segment to prove just how creative and clever you are – and how valuable your script will be to them. 


Instructor: William Rabkin

Professor Rabkin has written and/or produced hundreds of hours of dramatic television, serving as showrunner on the CBS series Diagnosis Murder and Martial Law. His writing and producing credits include The Glades, Monk, Psych, Nero Wolfe, Missing, Spenser: For Hire, seaQuest 2032, Hunter and The Cosby Mysteries. He has also written a dozen network TV pilots and is currently writing feature films and TV series in China. His work has been nominated twice for the Edgar Award for best television episode by the Mystery Writers of America. He has written two books on writing for television, Successful Television Writing (2003), with Lee Goldberg, and Writing The Pilot (2011) and has consulted on television writing and production in China, Singapore, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Brazil and the Netherlands.