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Daryn Strauss headshot (web).jpg





Writers Guild Award Winner, Weight

Writers Guild Award Nominee, Downsized

Part of the writing team of Emmy winning series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

YouTube’s Top 10 Made-for-the-Web Shows

about daryn

Daryn Strauss is a WRITERS GUILD AWARD winning writer, producer, director, and digital media pioneer who has won numerous awards on projects that have garnered over 250 million views for NBCUniversal, Sony Music, AOL, PBS, Digitas and more. She took home a WRITERS GUILD AWARD in 2016 for Weight, her comedy about life after reality TV weight loss, which she created, wrote, and executive produced through her production company Digital Chick. The pilot received 2.5 million Twitter impressions during its online premiere. She was previously nominated for a WRITERS GUILD AWARD for her critically acclaimed web series Downsized, a dramedy which is considered one of the pioneering web series 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. She also served as the programming director for AOL’s EMMY nominated program MAKERS surrounding the broadcast of MAKERS: Women Who Make America on PBS and as the producer for the digital companion experience to NBCUniversal's 2017 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall. Daryn was part of the writing team of the EMMY AWARD winning interactive series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (over 75 million+ views on YouTube) and developed #DAYOFF, a social media take on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for Vine and YouTube featuring internet superstars Cameron Dallas, Nash Grier, and Lauren Giraldo (over 3 million+ views) for Astronauts Wanted and Sony Music. Since 2012, she has served as the producer for many star-studded NewFront events featuring Meredith Vieira, Rashida Jones, and more, as well as the red carpet premiere of MAKERS: Women Who Make America at Lincoln Center. She currently has several projects in development.


daryn wins a writers guild award for weight


Daryn took home the Writers Guild Award for Short Form New Media for her online comedy Weight.

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Daryn won a Writers Guild Award for her online comedy about life after extreme reality TV weight loss, which she created, wrote and executive produced.

The video received 2.5 million Twitter impressions during its online premiere.

Created by Daryn Strauss, directed by Frederick King Keller (producer/ director of 24, Blue Bloods & more) and starring three-time Emmy Winner Martha Byrne

Winner, Writers Guild Award

"A touching dramedy." -- Fast Company

"Made for grown-ups in a grown-up way." --  Los angeles Times

"Touching... darkly funny." -- Boston Globe

"Best of the straight-ahead dramas (on the web)" -- Los angeles Times

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Nominee, Writers Guild Award

Considered one of the pioneering web series, this critically acclaimed web dramedy written, produced, directed and co-starring Daryn Strauss follows the desperate and absurd choices of middle class New Yorkers during the economic crisis. The series has been viewed more than half a million times online and was listed on Best of the Web lists from the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Indiewire, Boston Globe, Fast Company, and more. The series was also an Official Selection at the Cologne Conference in Germany and a special Best of YouTube pick.

In 2012, Daryn was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for the series.



Programming director for Digitas NewFront featuring CNN’s W. Kamau Bell, founders of TIMESUP, and Jodi Kantor, one of three journalists who broke the Harvey Weinstein story. Pre-show livestream on Cheddar hosted by founder Jon Steinberg


Producer of the digital companion experience to NBCUniversal’s 2017 Upfront, which included the event livestream from Radio City Music Hall and E’s Live From the Red Carpet Pre-Show


Programming director for Studio71’s NewFront for which we orchestrated a virtual #waterballoonfight featuring some of the biggest influencers (131 million+ social impressions)

STUDIO71, 2015

Created a social media twist on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with three of the biggest teen social media stars Cameron Dallas, Nash Grier, and Lauren Giraldo (3 million+ views on YouTube, millions on Vine)


Contributing writer on this EMMY winning and massively popular interactive series (75 million+ views on YouTube)


Programming team behind Digitas NewFront where Rashida Jones joined Twitter live on-stage with the help of Andy Cohen


Oversaw production of the video platform MAKERS.com and orchestrated the biggest social activation in AOL history, organizing iconic women like Gloria Steinem, Ellen DeGeneres, and Katie Couric and women’s organizations on Twitter for the broadcast of MAKERS: Women Who Make America on PBS, a conversation that went viral, trending for four primetime hours

Also produced and directed the star-studded red carpet premiere of MAKERS: Women Who Make America at Lincoln Center

MAKERS, AOL, 2011-2012

Guest-star in popular, award-winning web series from actress Julie Ann Emery (AMC’s Preacher and Better Call Saul)


Semi-improvisational web series from Kaipo Schwab (Orange is the New Black) that I participated in 2009, the toddler days of the web series movement. I made Downsized shortly after.