Strauss, Daryn headshot2011.jpg
Strauss, Daryn headshot2011.jpg




Daryn Wins a 2016 Writers Guild Award!

2016 Writers Guild Award Winner

2012 Writers Guild Award Nominee


Daryn Strauss is a writer, producer, director, and a self-proclaimed "digital chick," who took home the 2016 WRITERS GUILD AWARD for Original New Media for her online pilot "Weight," a comedy about life after reality TV weight loss, which she created, wrote, and executive produced. She has also developed and produced scripted, non-scripted, social, interactive experiences, and live events for NBCUniversal, AOL, PBS, Sony Music, Studio71, DigitasLBi, and more.

She was previously nominated for a WRITERS GUILD AWARD for her critically acclaimed 2009-2012 web series "Downsized," a dramedy inspired by her experiences working as a paralegal at financial firms during the economic crisis, which was recognized as one of the best scripted series on the web by numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, Indiewire, Fast Company, Boston Globe, and The Guardian.

Her other digital credits include being a writer on the EMMY Award winning interactive series "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” a modernization of Pride and Prejudice for the YouTube audience. She oversaw programming on AOL's video platform and led the digital and social content strategy behind the broadcast of "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" on PBS, leading the biggest social content activation in AOL history when MAKERS went viral. She also produced and directed the red carpet premiere event at Lincoln Center. She created “Day Off”, a modernized, social media take on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for Vine and YouTube featuring teen social media stars, which has been viewed more than 2.5 million times, for Former MTV Chief Judy McGrath’s digital venture Astronauts Wanted, in partnership with Sony Music. She is a long-time writer/ producer of DigitasLBi’s NewFront, the hub event of the NewFronts, and a digital producer for NBCUniversal.

Daryn is best known for her 2010-2102 blog “Digital Chick TV” which celebrated the work of female online video creators.

Press for Weight

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

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