Chief Webfest Berlin Advisor, Joel Bassaget, shares never before released data from, “Short, Narrative, and Serialized”, a complete guide to the web series phenomenon. The book is set for released later this fall.
Originally from France, Joël Bassaget currently lives in Berlin. He has been writing and producing TV cartoons since 1987. In 1998, he created an animated series of 20 second episodes for friends and family to download. The following year, he discovered Icebox.com which inspired him to create a website to watch online animated shows and pilots for future series. He created his own platform, in 2001, with the help of his animation friends. The site only lasted about a year, but the experience strengthened his enthusiasm for short form. In the 2000’s, he dove into the ‘seriesmania’ of the time. He created the blog “720 lignes” on LeMonde.fr and then the blog “Des Séries et des Hommes” for Liberation.fr. He co-wrote two books on TV series (“Seriescopie” and “Créatures, les monstres de la television”) and participated in various podcasts on the topic. In 2014, he left “Des Séries et des hommes” to his colleague Benjamin Campion and created “Web Séries Mag”, a blog solely dedicated to web series and also hosted on Liberation.fr. In 2015, he created the Web Series World Cup and completed the first statistical study about the web series phenomenon, “Web Series Anatomy” which was presented in various masterclasses around the World. In 2016, he wrote “Web Series: la nouvelle vague”, a guide to the best web series by genre, and began presenting his “Best of Short Form” session at MIPTV and MIPCOM. At the same time, he began teaching narrative short form and giving lectures for cinema and TV schools around the world. He regularly publishes reviews and analysis and consults for production companies willing to ‘go web’. Joël’s newest book, “Short, Narrative, and Serialized”, a complete guide to the web series phenomenon, will be released in fall 2018. He has been a member of the Webfest Berlin board of advisors since 2016.