Six ambitious young girls ages 16 to 20, whose varying cultural backgrounds include African American, Hispanic, Caucasian, and Native American, have come up with something truly groundbreaking on the internet. They live in distant cities in Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas, and have never met in person. But they have created a way to use web and video technology to virtually convene each week to produce an innovative television talk show focusing on topics that are of interest to kids their age. The show is called "What Girls Think!", and they think it will resonate with female teens and young women all around the country. And maybe even the world.
Each half-hour episode of "What Girls Think!" covers two timely topics – one serious, and one fun. Serious topics include current world events and important subjects such a teen pregnancy, bullying, underage drinking, and preparing for college. They then lighten things up with discussions focused fun, such as, dressing for the prom, hair products, cosmetics, up-and-coming movies, and how to get noticed by a guy. "What Girls Think!" features six regular panelists plus guest teens from anywhere in the world. The show also features interactive technology where viewers can click on the screen to get more information on topics being discussed.
Tryneal Addison, 16, a high school student in St. Paul, MN, serves as host and moderator. Panelist regulars include Abbie Emmons, 17, a high school student in Columbus, OH; Tweety Elitou, 18, an online fashionista and blogger in Philadelphia, PA; and college students Cassidy Smith, 18, in Houston, TX; Sasha Marina, 19, in Miami, FL; and Lauren Furs, 20, in Los Angeles. Guest panelists from around the United States, and even other countries, are invited to participate. The show concept was developed through social networking activities.
“It’s intriguing to find out how different and similar these incredible kids are. With their cultural diversity and wide geographic distances, they experience many of the same things, but with varying viewpoints,” said Gary Kleinman, a former Walt Disney Studios Vice President and Executive Producer of What Girls Think! “Teens now have their own sounding board to explore important and fun issues with their peers around the country. It’s fascinating to hear how the next generation and potentially future leaders think. It’s also amazing that this extremely bright group is doing this with internet technology. It’s unprecedented,” Kleinman added.
"What Girls Think!" began airing online July 16, 2012 on Channel 7 of the FirstRun.tv Network. More information on the series and the panelists can be found at the show’s official website, WhatGirlsThink.tv/.
About FirstRun.tv Network
FirstRun.tv Network is owned and operated by Innovation Organization, LLC, a company founded in 2010 by former Disney Studios Vice President, Gary Kleinman. The goal of the network is to provide distribution for today’s innovative content creators who are using new technology and techniques to produce programming, and to provide a platform for the shift of television to the internet.