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Amazon Studios is now offering a version of “Transparent” season one with audio commentary from the show’s creator, Jill Soloway, and cast members Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann. The commentary will reveal which scenes came from real life experiences of Soloway and her friends and family, and it will offer insight into the making of the show. The audio commentary version of “Transparent” is now available online for Amazon Prime members.
Season two of “Carmilla” has launched on VervegirlTV, a YouTube channel that focuses on female entertainers and is part of Defy Media’s Creators Program. The show follows Laura Hollis and her friends at Silas University, where they stumble upon a series of mysteries. The first season, which comprised 36 episodes, reportedly got 14.6 million views. Season two episodes will debut on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm ET each week. “Carmilla” is produced by Smokebomb Entertainment and Shift2, and it is executive produced by U by Kotex (the brand also provides funding) along with Kaaren Whitney-Vernon, Christina Jennings, and Scott Garvie. It is written by Jordan Hall and directed by Spencer Maybee.
Vimeo has released “Everything Before Us,” a feature film from YouTube creators Philip Wang and Wesley Chan about two couples who live in a world where all romantic relationships are monitored by some higher organization (imagine having to sign off on the cause of every break-up). Cast members include Aaron Yoo, Ki Hong Lee (who is also in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Randall Park, Brandon Soo Hoo, Brittany Ishibashi, and Victoria Park. This is the first feature film directed by Wang and Chan, and it’s the first feature film from Wong Fu Productions, which is best known for its YouTube channel with over 2.4 million subscribers. You can rent “Everything Before Us” for $4.99 or buy it for $14.99 on Vimeo on Demand.
Netflix will debut a documentary on comedian Tig Notaro this July 17. Called “Tig,” the documentary will focus on how the comedian emerged from a difficult time in her life, moving on from a four-month period in which her mother passed away and she was diagnosed with cancer. “Tig” is executive produced by Notaro along with Leah Holzer, Hunter Seidman, and Tim Foley. It is co-directed by Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York.
The 5th Annual Streamy Awards, which will take place on September 17 at the Hollywood Palladium, will be shown live on VH1 starting at 10pm ET, at which time it will also stream live on the web. This is the first year that the digital video awards ceremony will appear on television. The Streamys are coming to VH1 specifically in part because “the VH1 audience is connected on every platform,” according to VH1 president Tom Calderone. Also new this year are some awards categories — for the first time, winners will be taking home awards for best breakout creator, documentary or investigative content, lifestyle content, breakthrough artist, short form comedy, short form creativity, and for being the best Snapchat storyteller. Submissions and nominations for the Streamy Awards open today and close on Friday, June 26.