Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Daryn Strauss' New Webseries WEIGHT Gets New Cast Member - Maitely Weismann Joins Martha Byrne: Indiegogo Campaign Offers Soap Star-Studded Party

Maitely Weismann joins Weight
Weight, the new internet comedy from Writers Guild Award Nominee Daryn Strauss (Downsized) and two-time Emmy Winner Martha Byrne (As the World Turns, NBC's Crisis) has announced that Maitely Weismann (Showtime's Masters of Sex, Nickelodeon's Sam & Cat) will be joining the cast. Martha Byrne is set to star in the series playing Claire, a mom who loses 100 pounds on a reality show and then has to contend with the absurd and complicated reactions of her friends and family as she attempts to balance the day to day pressures of staying thin and appearing on a reality show. Weismann, straight off of a starring role in the award-winning indie comedy feature Chasing Taste, will be playing a producer of the reality show Claire appears on. 

Strauss is also slated to appear in the series, having previously starred in her last series Downsized, a critic's favorite during its two season run, recognized by the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, IndieWire, Boston Globe, and Fast Company as one of the best scripted web series, in addition to being nominated for series writing at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards. Byrne's previous foray into internet series, Gotham, earned her an Emmy nomination. Both Strauss and Byrne are Jersey girls.
Martha Byrne and Daryn Strauss
In the spirit of its soap opera ties, Weight's crowd funding campaign via Indiegogo offers many soap-related perks. If you're a daytime TV fan or a Martha Byrne fan, you can chat with Martha on the phone, go to lunch with her and go out for a martini with a reasonable donation. For $100 you get two VIP tickets to an invite-only Soap Party in New York City, with a single ticket running only $50. Martha has already announced that daytime stars Elizabeth Hubbard, Colleen Zenk, Terri Conn, and Anne Sayre (all from As The World Turns) are slated to attend, and many more are expected to be announced soon. The campaign ends on June 30, 2014. For more info visit:

Martha Byrne plays Claire in WEIGHT
Weight will begin production in August 2014. Weight is written and executive produced by Strauss, with the pilot being directed by primetime network vet Frederick King Keller, whose producing and directing work includes Crisis, 24, Blue Bloods, CSI: Miami, New York Undercover, House, and many others. 

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