- Posted October 3, 2013 by
san francisco, California
Transmedia sf - Byard Ducan - blue bottle coffee
Bernie Su - Executive Producer, Head Writer, Showrunner Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Lookbook.nu
Bernie is a multi-talented and versatile writer, director and storyteller. He is the head writer and an executive producer of the transmedia Pride and Prejudice adaptation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. This modern day reimagining of the classic Jane Austen tale, is told in real time and interactively via online video and social media across YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and other social platforms.
Lizzie Bennet Diaries was also recently a Kickstarter sensation with over $462,000 raised, 771% funded and ending $400,000 over it's initial $60,000 goal. This unique web series campaign has pre-sold over 6,000 DVDs.
The series also received the 2012 TV.com award for Best Web Series as well as the IAWTV and Streamy awards for Best Interactive series. It has been recognized in Wired,Mashable, The Guardian UK, Time, The Daily Beast, and USA Today for its innovation and appeal.
Bernie also wrote, directed, and executive produced LOOKBOOK: The Series, a scripted dramatic series for the popular fashion social network LOOKBOOK.nu. This narrative series romanticizes and dramatizes the world of fashion blogging as a teen drama. LOOKBOOK: The Series is branded and sponsored by Dolce Vita, Doc Martens, and Victoria Secret Pink.
Previously, Bernie is also known for writing and creating the critically acclaimed dramatic thriller Compulsions, winner of the Clicker Award for Best Original Web Drama as well as the Streamy Award for Best Writing in a Drama Web Series. Thus making him the only person to receive a Best Writing award in both the Comedy and Drama categories for the annual Streamy Awards which honor digital web series.
Byard Duncan is Blue Bottle Coffee's Communications Specialist. Before joining the company, he worked as a freelance journalist for several outlets in the Bay Area. He graduated in 2009 from Ithaca College, where he earned degrees in politics and journalism. In his spare time, he's a music columnist at SF Weekly and contributor to GQ. He's a lover of dogs, and a hater, sadly, of pickles.