Wrote multiple sketches for the AwesomenessTV online channel.
Woke Up Dead
Transmedia Producer for Crackle and Electric Farm Entertainment's Woke Up Dead, starring Jon Heder, Josh Gad and Kysten Ritter. Wrote all of the online content for the character blog at WokeUpDead.tv as well as character vlogs for Josh Gad. Ran two separate Twitter accounts for show characters and wrote the season finale “Mother’s Day,” with series creator John Fasano.
Transmedia Producer for Electric Farm Entertainment and MTV's Valemont. Created transmedia content that spanned multiple platforms: an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) at ValemontU.com, three character blogs, nine character Twitter accounts, an official school Facebook page and SMS character messaging. I also scripted online-only prequel vlogs for release on mobile.
On November 2, I held a live event where Twitter followers could "break into" the exclusive Panthera House Party by following @PantheraHP and watching episodes 11 and 12 on MTV. From 9:30pm EST to 11:03pm EST, @PantheraHP tweeted from the party, along with characters Sophie, Poppy, Sebastian, Leo and Beatrice.
The online experience was incredibly successful, spawning multiple user-run Facebook groups and a fan forum at ValemontCommons.com.
The transmedia experience for Valemont was a huge success. And it's not just my mom who thinks so:
MTV's Valemont University will be seen as a milestone in transmedia storytelling due to its intense audience participatory elements.
From reading about the Valemont experience, it is clear that much of its success can be attributed to the work of Nina Bargiel. Clearly a gifted storyteller and extraordinary improviser, Bargiel was responsible for keeping the story going through twitter and other platforms. When one considers that this required her to interact with fans in real time, while switching between several different character voices, the scale of her task (and skills) should be clear.
But what’s most notable about the show is the ARG component....the material is dense, fun to explore and well-developed....This is the sort of transformative experience that separates TV shows you can watch on the Internet from truly new media.
If you are a producer of new media, transmedia or any kind of traditional media, I'll let you in on a little secret: Nina is your secret weapon. Not only is she a fast, savvy scriptwriter with an impressive range, she understands -- better than almost anyone I know -- how to utilize all the online tools and platforms to optimize true multi-platform storytelling. Add to that skillset a tireless work ethic along with a winning personality, and you have the perfect hire for any project. My only regret in writing this recommendation is that Nina won't be available next time I desperately need her...
Nordic Games Conference, Malmo, Sweden. Case Study: Valemont
Power to the Pixel Cross-Media Forum, New York, New York Case Study: Valemont
Valemont was nominated for six Streamys, and won for Best Interactive Experience and Best Mobile Experience.
In 1996, I started working for Earthlink Network. Those were the days when you got 2mb of "personal web space" with every email account. I used mine to post the occasional essay, which was read by my audience of seven people.
In 1997, it evolved into a full-fledged blog known as the slack and because I was paranoid about privacy, wrote under the name slackmistress.
"Blog" wasn't really a word that people were using in the late 90's, so I usually explained it as "I do this, uh, web thing" and people would smile as they backed out of the room slowly.
the slack was a place to post weekly essays, and still exists as a hot mess of broken HTML that I don't have the time or energy to fix. I eventually jumped ship to the slack daily in 2006, which is updated...sometimes.
Had I known 18 years ago that I would still be known as slackmistress, would I have picked a different nom de plume? Eh, probably not.
My blogs and vlogs have been featured on Mediabistro's Fishbowl LA and NY, WarrenEllis.com, and Nerve.com's Scanner blog.