Comedy Forging the Future: TV Without the Networks

Taking the Talent Online

Dan HarmonĀ and Rob Schrab don't hate television. They just hate the executives who run television. And after creating what may be the most famous TV pilot that never aired--Heat Vision and Jack (1999), starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Owen Wilson--the impoverished writing duo took their revenge by starting an online network, channel101.com that cuts the Hollywood establishment out of the decision-making loop. The rules are simple: would-be TV producers make five-minute shows that are aired once a month at a West Hollywood bar, where a live audience votes on which ones should be put online and which pulled...

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