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Daryn Strauss is a WRITERS GUILD AWARD winning writer, producer, and director, who has made her mark in the digital world and emerged as an expert in online video and digital content production, having developed online video series, video platforms, live events, livestreams, social media and other digital content experiences for NBCUniversal, AOL, DigitasLBi, Astronauts Wanted, and Sony Music, which have won numerous digital publishing awards.
Her sassy, touching, and relatable voice and quick-witted dialogue first received notice when her web series "Downsized" launched as part of of the first wave of scripted web series. The critically acclaimed dramedy, inspired by Daryn's experiences working as a paralegal at financial firms during the economic crisis, followed the desperate and absurd choices of middle class New Yorkers during the economic crisis and was recognized by numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, Indiewire, Fast Company, and The Guardian as one of the pioneering scripted web series, earning Daryn a 2012 WRITERS GUILD AWARD nomination the second year after the category was created. She took home the 2016 WRITERS GUILD AWARD for Original New Media for "Weight," her online comedy about life after reality TV weight loss and America’s dysfunctional obsession with weight, which she created, wrote, and executive produced.
She was also part of the writing team of EMMY AWARD winning transmedia series "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," a modernization of Pride and Prejudice with Lizzie Bennet as a YouTube vlogger (75 million+ views on YouTube, Amazon & iTunes). She developed "Day Off," a social media take on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for Vine and YouTube featuring teen internet superstars Cameron Dallas, Nash Grier, and Lauren Giraldo for Astronauts Wanted/ Sony Music (2.5 million+ views on YouTube) and directed the digital and social media strategy for AOL's award-winning multi-platform series MAKERS, which aired on PBS and MAKERS.com (40 million+ views on MAKERS.com and a #1 trending topic on Twitter).
She is a long-time writer/ producer of several Newfronts, including DigitasLBi's Newfront, which has featured thought-provoking segments on the state of the online video industry from media executives to A-listers to internet stars. Most recently, she served as the producer for the digital companion experience to NBCUniversal's 2017 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall.
Daryn is best known for her 2010-2012 blog “Digital Chick TV” which celebrated the work of female online video creators and provided some of the first interviews and thought-pieces on Broad City and Awkward Black Girl. Over the course of her career, she has spoken at multiple events-- from the Writers Guild to NYWIFT to UrbanWorld Film Festival to Baltimore New Media Festival and even on Capitol Hill-- offering insights into the latest trends in online video and social media.
Winner, Writers Guild Award (2016) for Weight
Nominee, Writers Guild Award (2012) for Downsized
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Winner, ProMaxBDA Award (2017), on behalf of NBCUniversal
Winner, Digiday Publishing Award (2013), on behalf of AOL's MAKERS
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Winner, Emmy Award (2013), The Lizzie Bennet Diaries