The television and film writers' strike over Internet pay was supposed to be a boon for Internet-only content creators. But according to CollegeHumor cofounder Ricky Van Veen, that's not been the case.
"I think TV/features and Web shorts are two different animals," Van Veen told me. "Creating a 44-minute episode of Lost and a 2-minute short like Hand Vagina definitely require different skill sets."
In fact, Van Veen says the writers strike is hurting College Humor. Or at least its brand. Viacom's Paramount studio bought the rights to a CollegeHumor film a couple years back and signed on Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, writers from The Office. But, Van Veen said, "The project is on pause because of the strike."