Our very own Abigail Hannon, of Abigail's X-Rated Teen Diary fame, got a shout out in an article in the LA Times about new media enthusiasts who create their own Internet videos. The article, entitled "They are spinning their own web", talks about how many webisodes operate outside of union and big company control.
Who better to talk about new media production and the internet than sweet little Abigail! She may be thirteen, but the girl's got opinions!
Hayden Black has neither the stunning models of French Maid TV nor the financial backing of "Wainy Days." Most days, the former television marketing producer simply props a camera on the bedside table in his Burbank home, throws on a T-shirt and a hat and performs a quick monologue as Abigail, a somewhat lonely 13-year-old girl who, thanks to a fictional medical condition, looks a lot like a middle-aged man. It can take less than an hour for Black to write, perform and post new episodes of his "Abigail's X-Rated Teen Diary," but the episodes are a minor Web sensation.
What they are not yet is profitable, and Black, like some of his peers, worries that union contracts, which among other things require payments into guild pension and health funds, might put the brakes on many Internet productions -- including his more ambitious and popular series about a television news broadcast, "Goodnight Burbank."
Be sure to check out Abigail's videos in the middle column and leave her some lovely comments. While you're at it, be sure to visit her website www.abigailsteendiary.com.
Sigh... It looks like our little girl is growing up.