3 fill 'Void' with Biggies
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NEW YORK -- Three striking writers have found work with Worldwide Biggies, the new-media studio run by former MTV Networks executive Albie Hecht.
The trio -- Chris DeLuca, Dominic Dierkes and Jonathan Garbus -- are producing a Web series titled "The Void" and have signed a revenue-sharing agreement with Biggies for the content.
Hecht has yet to secure distribution for the program, which started production this week, but said that he could launch a stand-alone site for the project or make a deal to post it to an existing property like Viacom's GameTrailers.
DeLuca's writing credits include CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," VH1's "Best Week Ever," NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and the "Spike TV VGA Video Game Awards," which is produced by Biggies. Garbus also has written for the "Video Game Awards" and has appeared on "Best Week Ever" and NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." Dierkes co-wrote and co-starred in the short film "Checkout," which was produced by Last Minute Prods., and has written for MTV, Spike and Fuse.
Hecht said "Void" is similar in tone to the satirical "Kentucky Fried Movie," and he sees the potential for an ongoing series or a move to TV. One clip features two of the writers playing a normal game of chess interspliced with triumphant voicing and sound effects from the game pieces.
Hecht, the former president of Nickelodeon and creator and president of Spike TV, left the world of traditional media in 2005 to start Biggies. The studio is producing games and animated cartoons for a younger audience as well as content for young adults like "Void."
Hecht said the WGA's demand for a share of online revenue with the studios and networks are "totally justified." He said independent studios like his seem more open to meeting the demands of the writers.
Observers have speculated that the striking talent could move to the Web in the case of a prolonged strike. This week, former News Corp. executive Ross Levinsohn expressed interest in funding the writers through Velocity Interactive Group, a new-media funding company he founded along with former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller and partners from the now-defunct venture capital group ComVentures.