Since 2006, Otessa has been a pioneer of new media, and the web series format in particular. As the creative force behind “Orange Juice in Bishops Garden,” which is now one of the oldest and longest running web series online, and the Founder and President of 20/20 Productions, a new media company that consults, produces, and distributes independent new media productions– she’s practically a new media veteran who continues to serve and define the industry.
Otessa realizes there is an unfulfilled demand for educational tools created for students growing up in the 21st Century digital age, and outdated information being taught in traditional film studies. Otessa is now in the process of writing the first comprehensive textbook on new media productions for use in schools and universities around the world. Her series, OJBG, is also currently being used as a case study in new media web-based productions in film and media courses in schools across the U.K. Her new textbook will also be used as a resource as part of a film program run by Global Kids, a non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development.
As a true new media advocate, the book will be widely available both in print and as an ebook download. Visit our Book page to learn more. We are currently taking inquiries and orders for the textbook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Otessa has been named as a recent Filmmaker of the Month by the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and has been recognized as an ITV Innovator. She organized and hosted the First DC Web Series Festival in April 2013 and arranged for the first screening of web series at the 27th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival (Filmfest DC). OJBG continues to rise in popularity and has gained viewership in over 140 countries around the world. The show is a Telly Award Winner, three time LA Web Fest Winner, two time Webby Award Official Honoree, and has had screenings at The OUTlander Project at SXSW and Dinah Shore Weekend, among others.