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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 has produced programs (scripted, social, mobile, and live) that have featured many A-list celebrities including Heidi Klum, Meredith Vieira, Rashida Jones, Andy Cohen, and Gloria Steinem, digital stars such as Cameron Dallas and Nash Grier, and live performances from Timbaland and Betty Who.

Daryn first received notice for her pioneering, critically acclaimed web series Downsized, a dramedy which the Los Angeles Times called “The Best of the Straight-Ahead Dramas on the Web” and garnered her first WRITERS GUILD AWARD nomination. It was also recognized by numerous other publications including Indiewire, Fast Company, Boston Globe, and The Guardian as one of the best series on the web. 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.

She 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. She was also part of the writing team of the EMMY AWARD winning interactive series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (over 75 million+ views on YouTube). She served as the Programming Director for the EMMY nominated multi-platform series MAKERS for AOL & PBS, leading an online content strategy for the broadcast of MAKERS: Women Who Make America on PBS (narrated by Meryl Streep), which became the biggest social activation in AOL history. She also produced and directed the red carpet premiere at Lincoln Center. Since 2012, she has served as a producer for many star-studded Upfront and NewFront events, including producing the digital companion experience to NBCUniversal's 2017 Upfront campaign and event livestream from Radio City Music Hall and developing programs for many NewFronts which have featured Meredith Vieira, Rashida Jones, Heidi Klum, Timbaland, and more.

She currently has several projects in development.

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Daryn and others discuss the underrepresentation of women in media at the Stareable Fest.

daryn wins a writers guild award for weight


Daryn took home the Writers Guild Award for for her online comedy Weight.



"Razor sharp... Great premise." — Variety
"Weighty... painfully funny." — TV Insider

"tuggiNg at your heartstrings while it’s tickling your funny bone.”

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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.

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

Created by Daryn Strauss, directed by veteran network TV director/ producer Frederick King Keller (producer/ director of 24, Blue Bloods & more) and starring three-time Emmy Winner Martha Byrne, Allison Smith from The West Wing, and The Sound of Music Live’s Peyton Ella.

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 a diverse group of New Yorkers during the economic crisis told in a mosaic Magnolia-esque style which links the characters as the series progresses.

Downsized 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. Downsized was also an Official Selection at the Cologne Conference in Germany and named one of YouTube’s Top 10 Made-for-the-Web Shows.

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


Digital Producer, NBCUniversal 2017 Upfront (click image to watch anthem)

Rashida Jones joins Twitter with the help of Andy Cohen

Producer/ Programming Team, DIGITAS, 2012

The Boycott NewFront


Producer/ Programming Director, DIGITAS, 2018

EMMY AWARD winning series

(over 75 million+ views on YouTube)

Writing Team, PEMBERLEY DIGITAL, 2012-13

3 biggest teen Vine Stars, 3 million+ views on YouTube, millions of views on Vine

Creator/ Executive Producer, ASTRONAUTS WANTED & SONY MUSIC, 2013

EMMY AWARD nominated multi-platform series

Programming Director, MAKERS, AOL, 2011-2012

EMMY AWARD nominated multi-platform series

Programming Director, MAKERS, AOL, 2011-2012