Fuel from the frontline
Alive in Baghdad brings the Iraqi capital to the internet – direct from the streets, unfiltered and outside the green zone. It’s produced by “a team of Americans and Iraqi correspondents on the ground” But, as the Philadelphia-based show producers Brian Conley and Steve Wyshywaniuk say, it’s not easy keeping on keeping on with the project,
“Financially it’s pretty rough right now,” he said in a recent phone interview. “At $2,500 an episode, four episodes a month, it’s a little more than $10,000 a month for the Baghdad project, so we’re sort of hemorrhaging money all the time.”
The team has been able to sustain so far itself on donations, subscriptions, prize money, and licensing. However, a recent three-month deal to produce a show called AiB Uncut for Next New Networks was not renewed.
“We didn’t start Alive in Baghdad because we thought we were going to make a profit and be at the forefront of Web 2.0 Internet journalism,” said Conley. “We started it because we thought it needed to be done.” link