Derek Curl Readies ‘The Netflix of LGBT’

Some intriguing details about Derek Curl’s forthcoming streaming channel were revealed over the weekend in an article in Memphis’ Commercial Appeal.

The New York-based Curl (pictured) is not yet willing to reveal the name of his digital platform, set to launch in January. Rainbow TV? Equality? It’s still, at this stage, very much TBA. But Curl had no problem lavishing praise on Morgan Jon Fox, an indie filmmaker shooting for the channel the eight-episode low-budget series Feral, about a group of Memphis friends:

“He not only makes the stories real, but he stays true to his vision. He can express visually what is the Southern experience of contemporary gay youth, and the world loves Southern stories. I compare Morgan to Horton Foote and Tennessee Williams, except Tennessee Williams was a drunk and Morgan’s not.”

A self-described “Atlanta redneck” from a well-to-do family, Curl became acquainted with Memphis when he dated native Memphian Spencer Schilly, now an editor for the Oxygen and Logo cable networks. Curl helped finance several of Fox’s earlier movies, and he also has produced a number of significant indie genre films, including Jim Mickle’s Stake Land and Ti West’s The Innkeepers.

Everything in John Beifuss’ article suggests that the online channel will further buttress the new Golden Age of TV. Read the rest of the piece here.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.