YouTube original drama channel WIGS was launched in May 2012 by Emmy Award-nominated director/producer Jon Avnet (“Black Swan,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business”), Emmy Award-nominated director/producer Rodrigo Garcia (“Albert Nobbs,” “In Treatment,” “Big Love”) and Jake Avnet, and is now the No. 1 channel for scripted drama on YouTube, with more than 33 million views to date and more than 147,000 subscribers. The channel offers high-end original series, short films and documentaries, including LAUREN, PALOMA, SUSANNA and BLUE, all starring female leads.
Season Two of LAUREN, which debuted May 3 on WIGS, explores the consequences of dealing with sexual assault in the military. Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”) and Golden Globe Award nominee Jennifer Beals (“The L Word,” “Flashdance”) returned as “Lauren” and “Major Jo Stone,” respectively. The series also features Emmy Award winner Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”), Raymond Cruz (“Major Crimes”), Sean Harmon (“NCIS”), Mykelti Williamson (“Justified,” “24,” “Forrest Gump”), Justine Ezarik (YouTube channel iJustine) and Sarah Jones (“Vegas,” “Alcatraz”), who reprised her self-titled role as a military veteran from WIGS series KENDRA. WIGS co-creator Jon Avnet directed the 12 new episodes of the series, which is written by Writers Guild of America award nominee Jay Rodan and Jon Avnet.
New four-episode series PALOMA, set to debut later this month, is written and directed by BLUE series star and Golden Globe Award nominee Julia Stiles (“The Bourne Ultimatum”), marking her second WIGS project. PALOMA stars Grace Gummer (“Gigantic,” “Margin Call”) as a young woman dealing with the unpredictability of relationships, both in romance and in the workplace. The series also features Rhys Coiro (“Entourage,” “24”) and Garret Dillahunt (RAISING HOPE, “Looper”).
New 12-episode series SUSANNA is also set to debut later this month. Written and directed by Jon Avnet, it is the story of two sisters, “Katie” (Academy Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Anna Paquin, “True Blood,” “X-Men” franchise, “The Piano”), the mother of a newborn, and her younger sister, “Susanna” (Maggie Grace, “Taken,” “Lost”), an investment banker on the rise, who has no interest in becoming a mother. But when Katie develops acute postpartum depression and is hospitalized, Susanna must take care of her sister and her sister’s child, while trying to keep the biggest business opportunity of her life from being derailed by her sister’s illness. In the process, she unexpectedly falls in love…with her sister’s child.
Season Two of BLUE debuted March 15 on WIGS with 26 all-new episodes. The award-winning series stars Stiles as the title character, a single mother trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort. Written and directed by WIGS co-creator Garcia, BLUE also features Mark Consuelos (“All My Children”), Holly Robinson Peete (“Mike & Molly”), Uriah Shelton (“The Glades”), Academy Award nominee Kathleen Quinlan (“Apollo 13”), Carla Gallo (BONES, “Men of a Certain Age”) and James Morrison (“Revenge,” “24”). Karen Graci is co-writer on the series.
In February 2013, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) entered into a multi-year pact with WIGS. FOX and WIGS have formed a programming, marketing and distribution partnership designed to expand the breadth of offerings through the WIGS channel, and test and nurture dramatic concepts and talent in the digital realm. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, FOX and WIGS will develop and market the channel to grow its base of female viewers, with an eye toward building content that can be programmed on FOX and/or other channels.