New Form Digital Announces 9 Shorts From YouTube Stars Like Lisa Schwartz, Benjamin Cook, and More

Ron Howard and Bryan Grazer’s New Form Digital is back with nine new shorts from its vaunted incubator program. Since its inception last year, New Form has been in the business of identifying talented YouTube creators and giving them the resources to create at a higher level. The last round of New Form incubated shorts included 14 films from creators like Joey Graceffa, Meghan Camarena, Tim Hautekeit, PJ Ligouri, Sawyer Hartman, and many others.

New Form doesn’t stop at producing shorts though, the company is also dedicated to finding long term homes for as much of its output as possible. The studio recently inked a deal with Vimeo that will see Hartman and Ligouri’s pilot shorts adapted into full length web series on that platform. New Form’s nine new shorts have the same YouTube pedigree as the first class and appear to be just as promising. Creators like Wong Fu, Benjamin Cook, Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs, and Mike Diva have been tapped to bring their creative visions to live with funding and guidance from New Form. All 9 shorts make their debut today. In a release, New Form let fans know exactly what they could expect from the latest round of pilots.



“10:31 (Ryan Finnerty): Silent Death, the ultimate YouTube pranksters, set out to blow up the Internet with their Halloween #prankyourex series. The tables turn when a rival prank gang starts pranking them back and it turns deadly. Starring Lauren Elizabeth and Allegra Masters.

The Dreams of Emma Bloom (Pereira & O’Dell): In the very near future, a small group of programmers run the first human trial of DreamStream – a dream writing device deemed the final frontier of entertainment. Featuring Tim Hautekiet.

Ghost Fighting Corporation (Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs): A comedy about a fake ghost-busting team that takes advantage of people’s supernatural fears to make money. But when they start experiencing actual supernatural forces beyond their control, they must rethink their whole operation. Directed by Jack Howard. Featuring Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs.

Occupy Alice (Ally Maynard): A comedy about Alice, a smart and carefree party girl who must change her life when her 13-year-old sister shows up to live with her. Directed by Jack Ferry. Featuring Arden Rose, Jessica Belkin, Gabbie Hanna, Will Peltz, and Daphne Zuniga. 

The Imp of the Perverse (Benjamin Cook): In this dark comedy, Dan has become obsessed with one of Poe’s favorite poems and is convinced the Imp of the Perverse is trapped in his closet. Directed by Benjamin Cook. Starring Dan Stokes, Jake Shiels, Myles Wheeler and Hazel Hayes. 

Cold (Emily Diana Ruth): When 16-year-old Isla finds out she is adopted, she runs away to her birthplace to search for her real family. What she finds is a town so caught up in keeping past secrets that the journey to find her parents plunges her into a deep conspiracy.

Dr. Havoc’s Diary (Mark Cope & Carlo Moss): From the creators of “The Most Popular Girls In School” comes Dr. Havoc, the world’s most pragmatic evil villain who battles his arch nemesis Brock to save the world and get the girl in this stop-motion animated series.

Grrl Scouts (Mike Diva): When an evil society sweeps through their town, three small time weed dealers known as the GRRL SCOUTS must untangle a vast conspiracy to save the world and keep the party going. Based on the comic by Jim Mahfood and starring Anna Akana and produced in partnership with Lord Danger.

Single by 30 (Wong Fu Productions): More than a decade ago, two high school best friends made a promise to get married if they were still single at 30. Now, with 30 quickly approaching, Peter unexpectedly unites with Joanna and their attempt at upholding their high school vows unfolds in unexpected ways. Directed by Wesley Chan, Philip Wang.  Featuring Harry Shum Jr. and Kina Grannis.”


In addition to the nine shorts from prominent YouTubers being introduced today, the latest New Form class had two early graduations: Lisa Schwartz and Lacie Friedman’s Party Girl was picked up early by Maker Studios for distribution on their digital platform, while “Shitty Boyfriends,” by Jessica Cabot and executive produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky was snapped up by Refinery29 for it’s emerging video division. Expect to see both series make their debut on their respective platforms in the coming months.


“Party Girl for MAKER Studios: A 10-episode comedy series created by Lisa Schwartz and Lacey Friedman that follows Lisa (played by Lisa Schwartz), a girl who once had it all but now pays her rent by donning a princess costume as a performer for little kids parties around Los Angeles.

Shitty Boyfriends for Refinery 29: An 8-episode comedy series written and created by Jessica Cabot and executive produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, ‘Shitty Boyfriends’ is the story of Amanda, an intelligent feminist and talented cartoonist who has a lot of love to give but can’t get it together in the dating department.”

Like the original 14 shorts, all nine will feature a cameo by Mitchell Davis who served as an advisor to the filmmakers throughout the course of the project. Also, like the first round New Form has high hopes for its new crop of shorts and aims to find them homes on digital or even traditional platforms.

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