What’s Internet Video Channel WIGS All About Anyway? — EXCLUSIVE

Credit: Aaron Epstein/WIGSCO

YouTube might’ve started out as a breeding ground for the Internet’s best cat videos, but in the past eight years, it’s transformed from viral video hub to a destination for quality original content online. WIGS, a YouTube channel for women started by producers Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia — yes, both men — features TV-quality scripted series featuring big-name stars like Jason Isaacs, Virginia Madsen, Julia Stiles, Chris Messina, Stephen Moyer, and many, many more of your favorite actors.

Lauren, for example, which launches the final four episodes of its second season on Friday, follows Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario as the titular woman, raped by a fellow soldier in Afghanistan, as she fights her accuser in the military’s troubled system.

Bellisario tells Hollywood.com she was attracted to the style of storytelling because although it seems like short segments, in the end, her script for the entirety of Season 2 was feature-length. “I think what’s fantastic about these vignette style episodes, and what’s awesome about the new season, is … it takes its time. When you put it all together it really is a beautiful, intertwined story.”

Garcia says when he and Avnett conceived of the channel, they hoped to harness the Internet’s power to creat compelling content. “There has to be a way to explore this for content that’s not disposable,” he says. “Our only umbrella was a female in the lead. We’ve just been drawn to whatever material we find good, regardless of whether it’s drama or comedy.”

Hollywood.com has an exclusive sneak peek inside the channel’s one year anniversary party, which also celebrated the launch of the second season of Lauren. The final four epsiodes of Lauren debut Friday, May 17.

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Before joining the Hollywood.com team as LA News Director, Jean was a contributing editor at Zap2it.com, an associate editor at AOL TV/Huffington Post TV, and wrote about everything from vampires to 'Harry Potter' for MTV News, MTV.com's Hollywood Crush and Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. She would like to think she has found the ideal balance in her consumption of both highbrow and lowbrow entertainment, but the sheer volume of 'House Hunters' and 'Parking Wars' episodes on her DVR would reveal otherwise.

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