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Coming soon, India's first online serial

Coming soon, India's first online serial

Time to switch off your TV and log on to the Internet for the first online serial.

New Delhi: It is time to switch off your TV and log on to the Internet because the country's first online serial would be launched very soon.

"The serial should be launched by early mid of next year. It will be a revolution in the online medium," says Puneet Johar, MD, Tangerine Digital Entertainment, the brain behind the concept.

What is also new about the online serial is that the cast and crew would be selected through an online talent hunt. Johar adds that the winners of the talent hunt under various categories will come together to write the script, act and direct the online serial under the guidance of the Tangerine staff.

"The online talent hunt itself is new. We have launched it on our social networking site Campus 18 which offers a wide choice for today's youth to interact, make friends and showcase their talents, all in one," says Johar.

Campus 18's hunt called the 'Digistars - War of Videos' for the India's 'Best Video Talent' includes prizes for filmmaking, acting, editing and more.

The winner for the Best Video will get a contract to make 10 short films on Campus18 and a cash prize of Rs 25,000. While the winner of Best Performance will get a contract to make his/her own stand up show on campus18 and cash prize Rs 25,000.

The winners of other categories will get a chance to create online interactive serial, which will be showcased on Campus18. The winners will be selected by a nationwide poll with a jury vote having equal weightage and the last date for entry is January 16.

"Digistars is our first such attempt to identify and reward the talented story tellers; be it via acting, editing, writing, music or direction. Many more such initiatives will follow soon," says Joha.

first published:January 04, 2008, 15:45 IST