Internet Lesbian and Gay Television Series, 1996–2014

McFarland
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Created around the world and available only on the Web, internet “television” series are independently produced, mostly low budget shows that often feature talented but unknown performers. Typically financed through crowd-funding, they are filmed with borrowed equipment and volunteer casts and crews, and viewers find them through word of mouth or by chance. The third of five volumes on Internet TV series, this book covers 335 alphabetically arranged gay and lesbian programs, 1996–2014, giving casts, credits, story lines, episode descriptions, websites, dates and commentary. A complete index lists program titles and headings for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and drag queen shows.
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About the author

Vincent Terrace has worked as a researcher for ABC television and is the television historian for BPOLIN Productions (an independent film and television producing company for which he has created a projected television series called “April’s Dream”). He has written more than 30 books, many about television and radio.
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Publisher
McFarland
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Published on
May 23, 2015
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Pages
232
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ISBN
9781476621265
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Language
English
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Genres
Performing Arts / Television / General
Reference / Bibliographies & Indexes
Social Science / LGBT Studies / Gay Studies
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From the Hardcover edition.
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