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Daryn Strauss headshot (web).jpg





award-winning writer, producer & director.



Daryn Strauss is a WRITERS GUILD AWARD winning 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 was the recipient of the 2016 WRITERS GUILD AWARD for Weight, her comedy about life after reality TV weight loss, which she created, wrote, and executive produced. She was previously nominated for a WRITERS GUILD AWARD for her web series Downsized, a dramedy which is considered one of the pioneering web series that shuffled in the web series movement and was recognized by numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, Indiewire, Fast Company, and The Guardian as one of the best series on the web. She served as the digital programming director for the EMMY AWARD nominated multi-platform series MAKERS surrounding the broadcast of MAKERS: Women Who Make America on PBS and as the producer for the digital companion experience to NBCUniversal's 2017 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall, leading production on two major, award-winning video platforms. Additionally, Daryn was part of the writing team of the EMMY AWARD winning multi-platform series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (over 75 million+ views on YouTube) and developed #DAYOFF, a social media take on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for Vine and YouTube featuring internet superstars Cameron Dallas, Nash Grier, and Lauren Giraldo (over 3 million+ views) for Astronauts Wanted and Sony Music. Since 2012, she has served as the producer for many star-studded NewFront events featuring Meredith Vieira, Rashida Jones, and more, as well as the red carpet premiere of MAKERS: Women Who Make America at Lincoln Center. On the branded content side, she has worked as a content director and creative producer for numerous agencies and global brands.

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Winning a Writers Guild Award

At the Weight Premiere



"Razor sharp... Great premise." -- Variety

"Weighty... painfully funny." -- TV Insider

Daryn won a Writers Guild Award for Short-Form Original New Media for her online comedy about life after extreme reality TV weight loss, which she created, wrote and executive produced.

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Winner, Writers Guild Award

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Nominee, Writers Guild Award

"Best of the straight-ahead dramas (on the web)" -- LA Times
"A touching dramedy." -- Fast Company

"Made for grown-ups in a grown-up way." --  LA Times
"Touching... darkly funny." -- Boston Globe

Considered one of the pioneering web series, this critically acclaimed web dramedy created, produced, directed by and co-starring Daryn Strauss follows the desperate and absurd choices of middle class New Yorkers during the economic crisis. The series has been viewed more than half a million times online and was listed on Best of the Web lists from the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Indiewire, Boston Globe, Fast Company, and more. The series was also an Official Selection at the Cologne Conference in Germany and a special Best of YouTube pick.

In 2012, Daryn was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for the series.