Wednesday, August 10, 2016

‘You're the Pest’ Set to Exterminate Uniformity with Pilot Launch

A semifinalist for the Sundance Institute/YouTube New Voices Lab and a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, the new web series, You're The Pest, is finally ready to be released into the wild. On behalf of the entire team, the show’s executive producer, Taylor Coriell is proud to announce the show’s pilot episode will be made public on YouTube on September 7th, 2016.

You're The Pest is a comedic webseries about two estranged friends, Alex O’Malley and Marissa Morales. Alex is a wannabe cop that is unfortunately too accident­prone to even come close to graduating the police academy. Marissa is a hasbeen pageant queen, desperately holding on to her former glory as Miss New York 2012. When their fathers die in a freak skydiving accident, they get the reality check they sorely need: they are now running the family extermination company. Together (insert eyeroll). The series explores how our priorities change as we get older, and the meaning of family. And obviously, there are bugs. Lots of them.

“Equality for women and minorities is a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” explains Coriell. “ Those close to me ill tell you that it is something I am constantly championing in my personal and professional circles. People want to see themselves and the people they know onscreen, and by creating this story I think we can make a change in what kind of shows an audience feels they can demand from the larger entertainment companies who run more mainstream media platforms. By making it available via YouTube and social media, I think that we are contributing to the progress that women and minorities are seeing in our culture, and helping to define a ‘new normal’.”

That attitude was what earned the series a place in the Kickstart Diversity program with Big Vision Empty Wallet. This program encourages diversity in storytelling at the independent level by supporting projects written, directed, and/or produced by Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBTQ Community. “We have a team full of women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community,” comments Coriell, “and I really didn't have to stray far to find them. If I'm going to be producing a show, then I want to make sure those people who rarely get a voice on their own terms are on my team, because I know that the world of You're The Pest will be the richer for it.”

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