2012 Writers Guild Award Nominee, Daryn Strauss

"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

Considered one of the pioneering web series, this critically acclaimed series from Daryn Strauss follows the desperate and absurd choices of middle class New Yorkers during the economic crisis and has been viewed more than half a million times online. The series was nominated for a Writers Guild Award in 2012 and listed on Best of the Web lists from the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Indiewire, Boston Globe, Fast Company, and more. Downsized was also named an Official Selection at the Cologne Conference in Germany and one of YouTube's Top 10 Made-for-the-Web Shows.

Written, produced, and directed by Daryn Strauss

DP and editor: Chris Shimojima


Chris Henry Coffey, Shannon Conley, Esra Gaffin, Brian Keane, Michele Mavissakalian, Conan McCarty, Kaipo Schwab, Daryn Strauss, Gerard Urciuoli, Meredith Zinner with Aysan Celik, Sevrin Anne Mason, Anna Stone, Maitely Weismann, and Dawn Vicknair


2016 Writers Guild Award Winner, Daryn Strauss

"Razor sharp... Great premise." Variety
"Weighty... painfully funny." TV Insider

In this Writers Guild Award winning online comedy, a suburban mom returns home from a reality weight loss competition 100 pounds lighter but finds she's gained some extra baggage due to the dysfunctional reactions of her family and friends.

Created by Daryn Strauss, directed by Frederick King Keller (producer/ director of 24, Blue Bloods & more) 


Three-time Emmy winner Martha Byrne, Bradley White (Pay It Forward), Allison Smith (The West Wing), Peyton Ella (NBC's The Sound of Music Live), Kate West, Trent Dawson, Dee Freeman & Maitely Weismann


This social media take on Ferris Bueller's Day Off brought together the three biggest teen viners in the world (Cameron Dallas, Nash Grier, and Lauren Giraldo) and had them vining in real-time during a day off together in NYC to launch Astronauts Wanted, a new venture from Former MTV Chief Judy McGrath & Sony Music. The videos on YouTube have garnered more that 3 million views.


As the writer/ producer overseeing the program of the Digitas NewFront in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018, Daryn has brought together programs that have featured Meredith Vieira, Rashida Jones, Andy Cohen, Kristen Chenoweth, Piers Morgan, Heidi Klum, and W. Kamau Bell, and performances by Betty Who, Timbaland, and The Late Show Gospel Choir, as well as content partnerships with Funny or Die, Twitter, and Cheddar. She has also worked on NewFronts from Studio71 and Federated Media and served as the producer of the digital companion experience to NBCUniversal’s 2017 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall.

As the Programming Director of AOL's EMMY nominated MAKERS, Daryn directed the biggest social media activation in AOL history, orchestrating Gloria Steinem and hundreds more incredible women and women's organizations on Twitter for the TV premiere on PBS, a live conversation that went viral, a #1 trending topic for four primetime hours, with nearly 200 million Twitter impressions. She also oversaw production and programming on MAKERS.com with 40 million+ video views, launched their Tumblr and Instagram, and produced and directed their red carpet premiere at Lincoln Center.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modernization of Pride and Prejudice for YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest from the minds of Bernie Su and Hank Green won a Primetime Emmy and has garnered over 75 million views on YouTube alone. Daryn  wrote the below episode.