Lisa Donovan, co-founder of Maker Studios, is on the cover. She is joined inside this week’s issue of Backstage by other “actors, creators, moneymakers and misfits building the future of entertainment” as part of the publication’s first annual list of Digital All-Stars.
The crisply laid-out cover story blends a half-dozen interviews and shorter snippets to celebrate Funny or Die host Billy Eichner, Hulu senior VP of content Andy Forssell, YouTube Space LA chief Liam Collins, Issae Rae Productions namesake Issae Rae, Amazon Studios director Roy Price and many more. There’s also a nice, timely intro from executive editor Daniel Holloway:
And then there was House of Cards. Love it or hate it, Netflix’s $100 million venture into scripted original programming – David Fincher! Shakespearean undertones! — signified a Gutenberg moment. From this point on, high-end entertainment with genuine artistic ambitions would no longer only come first through a cable box or a cinema projector; it can and will come from anywhere…
All told, there are 54 individuals and 39 entities highlighted.
View the full list here.