Daryn Wins a 2016 Writers Guild Award!
2016 Writers Guild Award Winner, Weight
2012 Writers Guild Award Nominee, Downsized
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
Daryn Strauss is an award-winning writer, producer, and director who took home the 2016 WRITERS GUILD AWARD for Original New Media for "Weight," her online comedy about life after reality TV weight loss, which she created, wrote, and executive produced. A self-proclaimed "digital chick," she has produced video platforms, live events, livestreams, video series, and social media for NBCUniversal, AOL, DigitasLBi, Astronauts Wanted, Sony Music, and more.
Her sassy, touching, and relatable voice first received notice in 2009 when her web series "Downsized" launched as part of of the first wave of scripted web series. The critically acclaimed series, inspired by Daryn's experiences working as a paralegal at financial firms during the economic crisis, ran online from 2009-2012 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.
Other projects she has worked on include: the EMMY AWARD winning transmedia series "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" (75 million+ views on YouTube, Amazon & iTunes); "Day Off," a social media take on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for Vine and YouTube for Astronauts Wanted/ Sony Music (2.5 million+ views on YouTube); and AOL's multi-plaform series MAKERS, which aired on MAKERS.com and PBS (40 million views+ on MAKERS.com and a #1 trending topic on Twitter). She is also a long-time NewFronts writer/ producer and also a digital producer for NBCUniversal.
Daryn is best known for her 2010-2012 blog “Digital Chick TV” which celebrated the work of female online video creators.