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SnagFilms Commissions New 'Scammers' Web Series from Comedian Barry Marder

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 14, 2014 at 10:54AM

Streaming site SnagFilms has commissioned a new original series from Sundance Productions, “Scammers,” a short-form comedy web series by Barry Marder, creator of the character Ted L. Nancy.
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Barry Marder and Jerry Seinfeld are 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'
Barry Marder and Jerry Seinfeld are 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Streaming site SnagFilms has commissioned a new original series from Sundance Productions, “Scammers,” a short-form comedy web series by Barry Marder, creator of the character Ted L. Nancy.

Marder is the author of the “Letters from a Nut” book series featuring the character of Ted; he was also one of the  co-writers of “Bee Movie” with Jerry Seinfeld; and he appeared in the pilot episode of Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (above).

Here’s the series’ official synopsis:

How often do you get unsolicited emails, promising millions of dollars for doing nothing more than providing “[y]our bank account information, and the money will be deposited next day”? Most people ignore these emails knowing they are scams, but Ted L. Nancy wanted to know what would happen if he engaged. After long strings of real, increasingly absurd exchanges, written in his clever, sharp wit full of hilarious non-sequiturs, Ted turns the table on these scammers.

Each four to six minute episode will be released on SnagFilms, and is a stand-alone story. It follows one complete email exchange between Ted and the scammer, usually ending with the scammer telling Ted to “never contact him again.”

The voice of Ted L. Nancy will be played by Marder himself.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.