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1  Bitcoin / Project Development / Bitcoin "sponsorship" of a 1 hour sci-fi drama about decentralization. on: July 07, 2014, 08:52:19 PM
Dear Bitcoiners,

We're writers from Los Angeles working professionally. We're doing a sci-fi television pilot about DACs, Meshnets, Bitcoin, and decentralization culture.
But something dawned on us.

Instead of shopping around to networks and cable TV, we want to do something novel. We want Bitcoin to sponsor the series. Instead of a production company logo, instead of BAD ROBOT or WILLIAMS STREET, the series would open on the Bitcoin logo.

As Bitcoin community members ourselves, we thought it’d be better to send out feelers before diving headfirst into this. Because maybe it’s an awful idea. Maybe we’re completely off track. Or maybe this is a way to generate some deserved positive press for Bitcoin.

We want to show the entertainment industry, a world we are deeply embedded in, that distribution models have changed. That communities can have a real hand in what gets made. No suits gobbling up production budgets, taking money that should go to the show. We want to use the public ledger as a way of transparently producing a show from beginning to end, making the budget open and clear. You'll be able to follow the money, who gets paid what, because in an open source world all of this should be on the table. We believe this process will just make better stuff.

We are looking for the Bitcoin community to sponsor something substantial. Something with the production budget of House Of Cards, Game of Thrones, Lost, The Walking Dead, etc. Content and money can bring in talent. The more money we raise, the bigger talent we can get. And a popular cast means bigger exposure for Bitcoin. During the fundraiser we’ll show how far your money can go and what level of talent we can get in the cast and crew.

We want to see the look on some executive's face at Sony or Fox when they find out that we all created something groundbreaking without their money. That's what matters here. Making a show that proves a community can dictate what they want. We want to create a show Netflix, Amazon, FX or AMC would fight to own.

The show would be paid for in Bitcoin, as mentioned. But all cast and crew would also be paid in Bitcoin (and we’re very interested in talking to anyone who’s developed a good system for Bitcoin payment). The writers room will only exist online in Slack or a similar service. All production coordinating will be done online, remotely, as well. Same with editorial and finishing. The show will be created in a decentralized environment, just like the world in which our characters live.

Then, distribution: BitTorrent? Hell, maybe we'll even distribute on one of the new decentralized cloud services like Storj or Maidsafe.

If there’s enough interest, we’ll pursue this. It could be an amazing experiment and positive press for Bitcoin.

tl;dr - Forget Nascar. Let's make some fucking television.

EDIT:  If there's a way to involve the community with shares or tokens, that'd be preferred for us.  We want the community to own the show as much as possible. 
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