Daryn Strauss is a WRITERS GUILD AWARD winning multi-platform 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 the reality of life AFTER reality TV weight loss, which she created, wrote, and executive produced. She first received notice for her pioneering, critically acclaimed web series Downsized, a comic-drama about the absurdities of life for middle-class New Yorkers during the economic crisis 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 was also the Creator/ EP of #DAYOFF featuring internet superstars Cameron Dallas, Nash Grier, and Lauren Giraldo developed with Former MTV Chief Judy McGrath for Astronauts Wanted and Sony Music. She was part of the writing team of the EMMY AWARD winning series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and also served as the Programming Director for the EMMY nominated MAKERS (narrated by Meryl Streep), developed by AOL and broadcast on PBS. She has served as a producer for many star-studded Upfront and NewFront events that have featured many A-list celebrities including Heidi Klum, Meredith Vieira, Rashida Jones, and Andy Cohen, media executives including Nancy Dubuc, Bob Pittman and the President of the New York Times Mark Thompson, and live performances from Timbaland and Betty Who. She also produced the digital companion experience to NBCUniversal's 2017 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall and its surrounding campaign.
She currently has several projects in development.
Daryn took home the Writers Guild Award for for her comedy Weight!
Daryn once again produced the program for the Digitas NewFront. This year’s program featured Malcolm Gladwell, VICE Media CEO Nancy Dubuc, and execs from Hulu, CVS Health, and more. Previous events have featured Meredith Vieira, Rashida Jones, Heidi Klum, Andy Cohen, Timbaland, Betty Who, and execs from Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, BuzzFeed, New York Times, and more.
Super excited to be developing a modern retelling of Great Expectations from Estella’s POV! The preview is available to read on Wattpad. Also request to read the hour-long pilot!