The world of Web Series is about as diverse as it gets. From format, to genre, to production quality, they’re everywhere, and some of them take the opportunity to go for a risk.
Being un-Google-able is a risk, as is being a fairly tame show with a name like Cam Girls, but the series, which hits June 1st is surprisingly layered for something that only has 4-6 minutes to get things done.
The story revolves around Liv (Kate Bond), and the journey that leads her to becoming a Cam Girl. As she mentions in the trailer, she starts at the beginning. It’s actually a well-developed road that highlights the odd, and unforeseeable turns our lives may take. A new job, a new friend, a friend’s husband who has spy cams all over his house… the usual.
The show isn’t exactly comedic, or dramatic, and those who find it accidentally are going to be disappointed, but the series’ self-description as a “fun, soapy, ensemble series,” sums it up pretty well.
Kate Bond is impressively engaging, vying for a spot as a different generation’s (it’s actually the same generation, we’re all just older), and a wildly different genre’s Felicia Day. The rest of the cast delivers, and the inclusion of veteran “every show” actor David Starzyk is a treat.
Cam Girls isn’t quite the next greatest thing to hit the internet, but if you have any interest in web series, or just want to see what they can do, it’s a must watch.
CAM GIRLS: The Series is a fun, soapy web series about women who make money stripping on the internet. The first season follows Liv (Kate Bond), an out-of-work school teacher, as she confronts her own prejudices-and curiosity-about sex work and the women who engage in it.
One Thousand Monkeys and David Slack Announce the Release of New Original Web Series “CAM GIRLS”
Inspired by True Events, CAM GIRLS Gives Audiences a candalous Peek into the World of ‘Webcam Girls’
Los Angeles, California: Executive Producer-Director David Slack (“Person of Interest,” “Law & Order”) proudly presents CAM GIRLS, a new digital series following the lives of women who strip on the Internet, delving into the often taboo subject of online porn and webcam girls. The first 7-episode season premieres Monday, June 1, 2015 with a double episode, followed by new episodes each Monday through July 6. CAM GIRLS is the first independent project from Slack’s production company, One Thousand Monkeys, beginning the company’s expansion from network television into the digital space. The series was created, written and produced by Joelle Garfinkel who was inspired by true events and premieres June 1 on the site: www.camgirlstheseries.com.
“When I first read Joelle’s one-hour pilot script, I was really excited about the world and the true story that inspired it, ” says CAM GIRLS EP and director David Slack. “I told her that, someday, someone was going to make this show…. turns out that someone was me. When Kate Bond approached me about producing original web content, I immediately thought of Joelle’s script. CAM GIRLS was a perfect fit. As soon as Kate and Joelle started redeveloping it for the web, we knew we had something special.”
This fun, soapy, ensemble series follows the adventures of three girlfriends whose lives intersect in unexpected ways as they’re drawn to the easy money and apparent anonymity of online stripping. Season One follows Liv (Kate Bond), an out-of-work school teacher, as she confronts her own prejudices—and curiosity—about sex work and the women who engage in it. Escorting Liv on her journey through the looking glass are her best friend, Nikki (Annie Ruby), whose failing marriage comes with some intrigue of its own, and the mysterious, alluring Alexa (Sarah Schreiber), a powerful businesswoman with a walk-in closet full of secrets.
“Seven years ago, I came home early from work to find my then-roommate in a compromising position in front of her laptop,” notes series creator and writer-producer Joelle Garfinkel. “Shocked, but also curious, I listened to her story. Here was, a single mom making loads of money without leaving the house, and all she had to do was take her clothes off in front of a webcam. I was worried about my friend, but I also immediately knew this would make a great series.”
Inspired by true events, CAM GIRLS explores sex and relationships in the digital age, taking a frank but light-hearted look at how the proliferation of porn has affected women. Is it safer to strip online than in a club? Is sex work empowering, or does monetizing one’s sexuality cheapen it? Can we ever be truly anonymous online? As Liv struggles to navigate in this confusing new world, she learns that nothing in her life is as it seemed.
“So much television is geared toward the male gaze,” adds lead actress and Executive Producer Kate Bond. “Joelle and I wanted to make CAM GIRLS the type of show women love: a nighttime soap. When we reimagined Joelle’s script as a soap opera, we were suddenly free to talk about these serious issues in a way that would engage women who might not otherwise watch a show about the sex industry. Also, because it’s a soap opera, I get to wear really great clothes.”
Meet the Cast:
Kate Bond(“Liv”): Kate fell in love with acting as a storytelling outlet when she was a homeless teenager, and has appeared on such shows as Matador, Person of Interest, and Lie to Me. Between acting jobs, Kate has worked on political campaigns and as a costume designer and stylist, and she volunteers with The Alliance for Children’s Rights, helping homeless and foster youth in the greater Los Angeles area. Kate is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Annie Ruby (“Nikki”): Annie is thrilled to have worked with the Cam Girls cast and crew. A graduate of the USC BFA theatre program, Annie’s credits include: Theatre:Stage Door (Antaeus Classical Ensemble), The Maiden’s Prayer (Phoenix Rising Theatre), TV: Trophy Wife, Key and Peele, General Hospital, Raising Hope, Femme Fatales.
Sarah Schreiber (“Alexa”): Sarah grew up less than 10 miles outside of NYC in Nutley, New Jersey. Her proximity to the theater capital of the world influenced her love of performing and she started acting, singing, and dancing at a very young age. Sarah has sung at such places as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She is a proud graduate from the University of Miami with a BFA in Musical Theater. Sarah has most recently appeared on Marvel’s Agent Carter as well as Knights of Prosperity, All My Childrenand the feature films: Reunion and Mummy Resurrect. Sarah is a member of the sketch group Casual Mafia, with whom she performed at the Laugh Factory and Comedy Store. One of the web series Sarah worked in, We Are Angels, was an official selection of the 2012 Marseille Web Festival. She can also be seen as the lead in Kodiak Fur’s new music video, Lips.
David Starzyk (“Paul”): Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, David began acting while in college, first as an exercise to overcome stammering, which, he discovered, magically disappeared while on stage. He spent the next several years starring in his collegiate productions then moving back and forth from Boston to London to New York City; performing in plays by authors varying from Shakespeare to Chekhov to Hampton to David Simpatico; in musicals, comedies and dramas. David has had recurring roles in episodes of: Revenge, Desperate Housewives, Hot in Cleveland, and Veronica Mars.
Charlie Hewson (“Ryan”): Charlie is an actor, director and musician originally from Darien, Connecticut. He’s a proud Princeton Tiger who has worked in various film, television, and stage roles. His favorite parts include the villain, Phears, in Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghouldfriend? and the recurring role of FBI Probie Agent Blake in USA’s White Collar. He also wrote the score for The Prospects, an IFC feature in which he starred.
Rebecca Metz (“Ruth”): Rebecca is currently recurring on Showtime’s Shameless opposite Emmy Rossum and Dermot Mulroney, and recently completed filming of the ABC Family pilot Recovery Road. She has appearances coming up on NCIS: Los Angeles and The Thundermans and is best known for her work with Ryan Murphy onAmerican Horror Story: Asylum and Nip/Tuck. Rebecca played a young Margo Martindale on Person of Interest and is thrilled to work with David Slack again in his role as director.
Ava Cantrell (“Brooklyn”): Ava began performing at two and a half years of age, when she first danced for an audience of hundreds. She signed with a top agent by age seven and quickly started working in Hollywood. With over 26 acting jobs under her belt, she is best known for Penelope Pritchard on Nickelodeon’s hit TV show, The Haunted Hathaways, for which she won a Young Artist Award. She has been the lead of many short films including: Expo, Cupcake, Pals and most recently Above the 101, all of which have reached critical acclaim and won numerous awards. Ava was an award-winning and overall top dancer before she had to take time off to focus on her rapidly growing film, commercial and television career.
Inspired by true events, CAM GIRLS is from Executive Producer and Director David Slack (Person of Interest, Lie to Me, Law & Order) and Writer/Creator Joelle Garfinkel.CAM GIRLS season premiere is scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2015 and all episodes will be available at www.camgirlstheseries.com