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Daryn's Story


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Daryn's Story


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Daryn has received a 2016 Writers Guild Award nomination for her latest project Weight!

 
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Daryn's story...

A born and raised suburban Jersey girl, Daryn grew up writing and dancing, with a love for classic movies, television, and biographies, and a love for music passed down from her musician dad. She first began writing at the age of 7 and competed in national writing competitions before she was 11. She began studying dance at 5 and performed in dance competitions and ballets until age 15, when she suffered a knee injury. At 14, she sang in a teen choir behind Barry Manilow at Radio City Music Hall and got to perform at Radio City again at 15, behind Jose Carreras. 

After studying broadcast journalism with honors at Montclair State University and interning in the investigative unit at ABC News, Daryn realized she was more interested in creating the story than getting the story. She then moved to Los Angeles to study screenwriting at UCLA.

An east coaster at heart, she returned home and took survival jobs as a paralegal at financial firms in New York City during the economic crisis, a sidetrack which ultimately led her to write "Downsized," a pioneering web series about the absurdities of life for several middle class New Yorkers during the economic crisis. The series was first released in 2009 and was recognized by most major publications as one of the top scripted web series. Daryn was nominated for a Writers Guild Award in 2012 for her work on the series. 

In 2010, she launched a blog Digital Chick TV to bring attention to female voices in online video, which led her to oversee the digital content strategy surrounding the PBS broadcast of "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" for AOL & PBS. She has also worked as a consulting producer and digital content strategist for many media companies, brands, and ad agencies, including working as a producer on many NewFronts. She was a contributing writer on the Emmy Award winning interactive series "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries." 

Her second scripted project "Weight," a dramedy about life after extreme reality TV weight loss, was released online in 2015 and garnered Daryn her second Writers Guild Award nomination. Weight has received overwhelmingly positive critical and fan response, including praise from the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Variety.  Stay tuned to Weight's Facebook page for updates on the series.

Daryn has a teen dramedy in development. She lives on the east coast but travels to Los Angeles frequently.

 
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Weight


WEIGHT

 

Creator, Writer, and Showrunner

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WEIGHT

 

Creator, Writer, and Showrunner

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DOWNSIZED

Creator, Writer, Director, Showrunner, and Co-Star

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Downsized


DOWNSIZED

Creator, Writer, Director, Showrunner, and Co-Star