Friday, August 14, 2020

The Reel Woman's Network: Crystal Chappell's New Platform Showcases Work by Females including Beacon Hill, Tainted Dreams, Venice the Series and more Original Works by Women

by Suzanne Ordas Curry

In a world where there are new streaming services popping up almost monthy- though I think 2020 has been espcially busy with the advent of Peacock and Disney and more, there are also other platforms being started by entreprenuers to serve specific audiences. The Reel Women's Network is one of them.

Started by Crystal Chappell of Open Books Productions in partnershsip with Jessica and Linda Hill of Bella Productions. the streaming network is dedicated to content created by women. There is free content on it but it is a subscription service and you can also buy just specific shows.

Crystal Chapell is well-known in the soap industry, and for her roles in front of and behind the scenes peromoting  and creating conent for women. She states, "Women filmmakers have been woefully under-represented in all aspects of the industry. We hope to change that. We're looking forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the world of streaming and to advance the unique work of women filmmakers to viewers worldwide."

The service launched with films, webseries, documentaries and digital content created by women. A flagship series is Crystal's popular Emmy nomianted series Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill features many actors from the soap world. For the soap fan, another Emmy-noniminated show, Tainted Dreams featuring a bevy of soap favorites is also available as well as the short film The Mouning Hour featuring soap fave Brandon Barash. Venice the Series is another fan favorite on the site.

Other titles include Holiday Help Desk, Loving Billy, Glass Flowers, The Visit and many more that you may not find elsewhere.

Crystal adds,"Our goal is to support indenpendent projects by women and to help them grow their audience. She sdds that "likeminded viewers can watch online or on our app which will be coming soon."

Filmmakers: The site is considering submissions for curation. Visit the website for more information.


The streaming service is a joint venture between Crystal Chappell, President of Open Book Productions, and Jessica and Linda Hill of Bella Productions. Open Book Productions is behind the Emmy winning digital drama Venice the Series which just released its sixth season. Bella Productions is the sister company of Bella Books and Distribution,  a leading LGBTQ publisher and distributor. The Hills are the creators, writers and executive producers of the Emmy nominated drama Beacon Hill the Series, about to release its second season in April.


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