Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sofia's Diary leaps from Bebo to TV

Online teen drama Sofia's Diary is jumping from social networking site Bebo to digital channel Fiver, a new launch spun off British terrestrial channel Five. Broadcast reports the show will be screened in three-minute bursts each day, with a 30-minute omnibus once a fortnight. It's the first time a UK online drama has leapt to TV, following in the footsteps of shows such as quarterlife in the US.

That's got to be encouraging for anyone thinking of launching their own online drama as a stepping stone to TV. Of course, it's worth noting that Sofia's Diary was originated five years ago in Portugal, and the British version is owned by Sony Television. Still, if you want to know more about the project, visit the blog of writer Danny Stack. He's been involved with the UK incarnation and will hopefully be posting more about this exciting new development.

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