(Original Current TV logo)
There were a number of television segments and shows which helped harness and organize the thousands of videos submitted to Current's hosts online and posted on the Current TV Community boards. Some of the shows included Max and Jason: Still Up, Current Exposed, InfoMania, The Rotten Tomatoes Show, and the nightly Current News segment. The Rotten Tomatoes Show had two hosts, Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox, both of which have moved on since the show's end. Of course, the show was about film reviews. Viewers were encouraged and welcomed to go out and see films that Ellen and Brett would propose to present the next week, and after seeing the film come home and make a short review with their webcam or camera. They could then send it in to Brett, Ellen, or the show's email, and they had a chance to have their review aired on the program. As well, the reviewers who made it on tv would get a bit of cash for their review (around $100), which made the experience even more beneficial for the viewers. The audience's opinions could finally be heard! This was quite creative in that since film critique is said to be an open field, but in reality often falls short, that regular movie goers could have their own personal reviews broadcasted for the masses. The people's opinion was not only heard, but promoted through the integration and dependency on viewer created content for the shows. The producers and hosts are literally part of the production team as well, and they collaborate on various levels with the audience. Their collaboration is the heart and soul of the creative fuel of the channel, and the collection of viewer created content is vital!
(The Rotten Tomatoes Show hosts Ellen Fox and Brett Erlich)
(host Douglas Caballero discusses a piece of viewer created content-or VC2- with a guest from Current's offices)