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Daryn Wins a 2016 Writers Guild Award!

2016 Writers Guild Award Winner, Weight

2012 Writers Guild Award Nominee, Downsized

Press for Weight

"Razor sharp... Great premise." -- Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
"Weighty... painfully funny." -- Michael Logan, TV Insider

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Press for Downsized

"The best of the straight-ahead dramas (on the web)"--  Los Angeles Times
"A touching dramedy." -- Fast Company
"Made for grown-ups in a grown-up way."--  Los Angeles Times
"Touching... darkly funny." -- Boston Globe

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Daryn Strauss is an award-winning writer, producer, and director who took home the 2016 WRITERS GUILD AWARD for Original New Media for "Weight," her online comedy about life after reality TV weight loss, which she created, wrote, and executive produced.

Her sassy, touching, and relatable voice first received notice when her web series "Downsized" launched as part of of the first wave of scripted web series. The critically acclaimed series, inspired by Daryn's experiences working as a paralegal at financial firms during the economic crisis, ran online from 2009-2012 and was recognized by numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, Indiewire, Fast Company, and The Guardian as one of the best series on the web, earning Daryn a 2012 WRITERS GUILD AWARD nomination the second year after the category was created.

She has since touched on most areas of digital content, producing online video series, video platforms, live events, livestreams, social media, and other digital content experiences for NBCUniversal, AOL, DigitasLBi, Astronauts Wanted, and Sony Music, which have won numerous digital publishing awards.

Projects she has worked on include: the EMMY AWARD winning transmedia series "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" (75 million+ views on YouTube, Amazon & iTunes); "Day Off," a social media take on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for Vine and YouTube for Astronauts Wanted/ Sony Music (2.5 million+ views on YouTube); and AOL's multi-platform series MAKERS, which aired on and PBS (40 million+ views on and a #1 trending topic on Twitter).

She is a long-time writer/ producer of several Newfronts and the digital producer for the digital companion experience to NBCUniversal's 2017 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall.

Daryn is best known for her 2010-2012 blog “Digital Chick TV” which celebrated the work of female online video creators.