Let’s play a little catchup. From what you may have pieced together from previous blogs, roommate promo vids, and Lu’s responses to fans’ questions on the comments, we are nearing the end of our contract with Alchemy Networks, a partnered production company with Bunim Murray. If you don’t know Bunim Murray, they produce mostly reality television. And like most TV networks and production companies, they’re making a slow and steady move onto the internet. For Alchemy, “my roommate the” was the perfect program to couple with their other shows. I’d like to think it’s because they just genuinely enjoyed our show and wanted to see us continue. But from a business standpoint I’m assuming they thought simply because Lu is black that our show would cater to a young black audience.. Well the numbers proved otherwise. What’s more, when we finished Gleek we were advised to make the remaining episodes longer so that the show would be more pitch-worthy to TV networks. And in exchange for making said videos longer, the contract would be amended to accommodate for their budgets. Well, that was all talk because…Hollywood. And not only was it a false promise, but we didn’t find out it was smoke and mirrors until we were well into our pre-production process. AND that our agreed-upon deadlines would be moved to well after the summer months.
Lu and I both put our lives on hold (jobs, family, health, leisure, additional opportunities, etc.) to give the follow-up episodes everything we had to elevate our careers into the next dimension of producing. Perhaps our biggest mistake was to move forward without having signed the amended contract. Or even more so, spending our own money (and the money of our friends and family willing to help) in order to fill in the gaps that Alchemy created by delaying (and ultimately retracting) their verbal agreement.
To put a cherry on top, and this is still a bit grey for me so forgive my lack of law knowledge, but Alchemy’s contract with us not only granted itself the rights to Season 3 of “my roommate the” but also rights to the CONCEPT of “my roommate the” for the next 5 years or until it makes its 30,000 back. That includes selling our concept to a network without us being present. It sounds raw but it’s actually pretty standard in this industry. The only sad part is, “my roommate the” wasn’t the show they thought it was, and it’s likely that if “my roommate the” continues, it’ll be at our own expense – which is no different than before – only now if it does really well – Alchemy is the one collecting the cash – not us.
This process was perhaps the most educational experience of my life. And despite the mixed reviews, we really put a lot of thought and care into these next episodes. We did a lot with a little. We have no intention of quitting either. But we do so knowing that if it’s gonna happen, it’ll likely be out of our own pockets with nothing to gain but the episode itself. We love doing this, so we’re okay with that. Just cross your fingers that Alchemy doesn’t get weird and completely halt us from producing the show altogether – which they are legally allowed to do.
Hopefully that clarified some of your questions about our recent delay and move to the network known as Alchemy – AKA Breakdown. We’ve tried our best to not get too Youtubey about linking you guys to their channel but it seems the only way to really get you over there is to be very blunt and borderline dumb about it. Which brings me to my next topic of discussion:
MY ROOMMATE THE ARTIST &
The Oreo Cookie Film
I’m not sorry. Honestly if you hated it (though if you’d read this far I doubt you’re one of the haters) you can kiss my desert walking ass. Half of youtube is a bunch of spoiled, ignorant, illiterate, violence-addicted, porn-seeking, lazy sacks of shit with absolutely no patience or taste for irony. I can’t help them. And if “my roommate the Artist” aided in their departure from our subscriber list then I’ve done a good deed. The theme of the episode was self indulgence. And being that the audience relates most to Lu, you can easily find yourself as emotionally confused and frustrated as he was. Is that laugh out loud funny? No. And it doesn’t have to be. Nothing HAS to be anything anymore because at this point, who the hell is keeping score??
In our industry, no one cares who we are. They don’t appreciate us like you do, and enough of them know who we are where we would have known by now if this was enough of a reason to be admitted into their circle jerk club of “pat yourself on the back” entertainers who get paid 10x more than what they should. I’m fed up with Hollywood. And I’m bored with traditional comedy. It’s all regurgitated crap with a thin slice of Political Correctness to help wash it all down. The game is fixed, and anyone who is “succeeding” has an express ticket to the mass audience. Everywhere I look are charlatan artists taking dumps on stage and getting applause when they should be getting the response “my roommate the Artist” got from our fans. I don’t expect anything for the work I do but for god’s sake can we stop idolizing losers?
If you look closely enough you’ll see that it’s really not anyone’s fault. This is nature playing itself out the same way a Tsunami will crush an entire coastline then go back to being a paradise the next day. I can’t hate on anyone for what’s happening to entertainment but I don’t have to be happy about it. It’s my hope that at the very least my alternative story telling will inspire others to be honest and true to themselves when it comes to expression. It’s okay to dive deep, it’s okay to ask questions that don’t have answers, and most importantly, it’s okay if everyone doesn’t like you. That might actually be a sign you’re on to something.
I have to get back to writing cover letters where I gloss over all the real work I did on this series and emphasize how good I’ll be at spreadsheets and fetching coffee.
So that’s all for today. I love you, and I thank you for your time.