Lonelygirl15, which focused on the life of home-schooled 15-year-old Bree, became a cult hit on YouTube, drawing hundreds of thousands of fans. While the clips purported to be real, their high quality and the seemingly made-for-TV plot lines spurred fans and the media to investigate whether Bree was actually a creation of scriptwriters.
Last week, the show's creators solved most of the mystery when they issued a post characterizing the clips as a "new art form." "Thank you so much for enjoying our show so far," they posted on an online forum devoted to LonelyGirl 15. "With your help we believe we are witnessing the birth of a new art form. Our intention from the outset has been to tell a story--A story that could only be told using the medium of video blogs and the distribution power of the internet."
Several days later, three amateur detectives revealed that Bree was actually being portrayed by 19-year-old actress Jessica Rose. The creators then stepped forward to identify themselves as Californian twenty-somethings--Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders and Greg Goodfried.
By Friday, they said that LonelyGirl's goings-on will now be chronicled on Revver, the video-sharing site that splits ad revenue 50-50 with the content owners.