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Daryn's Story


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Daryn's Story


 
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Daryn's story...

A born and raised suburban Jersey girl, Daryn first began writing at the age of 7 and was honored in national writing competitions before she was 11. She grew up in a family of musicians and began studying dance at the age of 5, eventually studying at the New Jersey School of Ballet and performing in dance competitions until the age of 15 when she suffered a knee injury. At 14, she had the opportunity to sing in a teen choir behind Barry Manilow during his week-long concert stay at Radio City Music Hall and got to perform at Radio City again at 15, behind tenor Jose Carreras. 

After studying broadcast journalism at Montclair State University, she ventured to Los Angeles to study screenwriting at UCLA, where she also happened to get her SAG card. But with family back on the east coast, she returned home and took survival jobs as a paralegal at financial firms in New York City during the economic crisis which 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 -- a group that has included "Broad City," "High Maintenance," and "Awkward Black Girl." Daryn was nominated for a Writers Guild Award in 2012 for her work on the series. She additionally received award nominations for her performance as Beth and guest starred in the award-winning comedy series "Then We Got Help" from Julie Ann Emery.

An active voice in the online video community, she is known as "the digital chick," championing for female voices in online video through her blog Digital Chick TV, a role that led her to oversee digital programming for "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" for AOL & PBS, a multi-platform documentary series which aired on PBS and also at MAKERS.com which features iconic women such as Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey telling their own story in their own words. A producer of many NewFronts and a consulting producer and strategist for many media companies and ad agencies, Daryn has developed content featuring many of the top social media content creators such as Nash Grier, Cameron Dallas, and Lauren Giraldo, and was a contributing writer on the Emmy Award winning The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. 

Last year, Daryn shot a pilot in Los Angeles for her latest scripted project "Weight," a dramedy about life after reality TV weight loss, with the support of veteran network television producer/ director Frederick King Keller ("Blue Blood," "24") who directed. The series stars three-time Emmy Winner Martha Byrne, who delivers a tour de force performance of comedy and drama. After receiving development offers for television that would've seen the project changed, Daryn chose instead to release the original version independently online, and it has received immediate and overwhelmingly positive critical and fan response, including praise from the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Variety. The pilot was also selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Stay tuned to Weight's Facebook page for updates.

Daryn also has a teen dramedy about social content creators in development and continues to champion female creators through her blog Digital Chick TV. 

She lives on the east coast but travels to Los Angeles frequently.

 
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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

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