Diehard Fans Help Crystal Chappell Fund Second Season of Venice!
The online soap opera may have aired only one episode, but Crystal Chappell's Venice has already made enough money to fund a full second season of the serial! Chappell tells Soap Opera Digest purchases fans made from Venice's online store funded the sapphic sudser's premiere season, and that enough money was made just from the initial airing of Venice to produce a second season. Someone hire Chappell to run a daytime division already!
According to the article, the official Venice website has had over 24 million hits since September, and saw 225,000 unique visitors in just the first week of December, which would explain those crashes. Never fear; La Chappell has hired a Colorado firm to add four new servers for all her rampant fans, the actress/producer tells Digest.
I for one can definitely attest to the power of Chappell lovers. The day my article on Chappell and Venice posted on Curve Magazine's website, that site crashed too. Coincidence? Me thinks not!
A quick look at website ranking site Alexa.com readily cosigns Chappell's assertations about Venice's website traffic. The official website for the series is currently ranked 34,698 in the United States. That is unheard of for a new website! Just to give you a bit of comparison, the official website for the recently-cancelled Procter and Gamble sudser As The World Turns is ranked 184,300 in the U.S.
Chappell goes on to tell Digest, the indie soap is doing well enough to even pay its actors— just in time for the holidays— when actors on most independent web serials rarely see a dime, especially after only one episode has aired!
I'm going to be able to give my actors some money, a little bonus for Christmas and then next season, I'm hoping to have sponsorship. Fortunately, because of the fans' response, we've had people contact us about meetings about sponsorships, so we're heading into that next phase."
The second episode of Venice's premiere season airs this Friday, Dec. 18 at PST at venicetheseries.com, but remember you'll have to purchase a season pass for $9.99 to keep up with the goings on of Gina (Chappell), Ani (Jessica Leccia), Owen (Galen Gering) and the rest. The revolution will be webivised!