Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo and Zachary Lieberman are the award-winning creators of the online series The West Side. With press from publications such as Newteevee, Spout, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel, The West Side garnered international attention and won the 2008 Webby Award for Best Drama Series. The series was written, directed, produced, shot, edited, and designed by Bilsborrow-Koo and Lieberman, who were named two of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film; the magazine heralded The West Side as “ingenious low-budget independent filmmaking that just happens to be viewable only on the Web.”
With professional backgrounds in film production, graphic design, and web development, Bilsborrow-Koo and Lieberman are well-positioned to capitalize on Third Rail’s potential. As a Senior Designer and Senior Producer at MTV Networks, respectively, Bilsborrow-Koo and Lieberman were instrumental in the design and development of numerous high-profile online projects, including a personalized music video recommendation portal, a MTV News interview franchise, and the network-wide online music player for MTV, VH1, CMT, and Rhapsody.
The duo also designed and produced a bleeding-edge multi-angle online concert series for MTV, an undertaking that garnered them an applicable set of skills for Third Rail. With this, they have experience designing intuitive multi-angle interfaces, implementing concurrent streams of switchable online video, and working within complex content management systems in a multi-angle production environment.
Bilsborrow-Koo and Lieberman regularly speak on panels discussing the state of online video and digital distribution. They were most recently panelists at IFP’s 2008 Independent Filmmaker Conference, as well as Filmmaker Magazine, IFC, and IndieGoGo’s Internet Week New York.
Bilsborrow-Koo and Lieberman are represented by Jon Zimelis at UTA (310.776.8223).