Following in the footsteps of video streaming services like Netflix and Yahoo Screen, Vimeo too has commissioned its own original comedy series. The series, High Maintenance, follows the intermingling lives of a pot dealer and his clients while shedding light on the multifaceted realities of “typical” New Yorkers.
Six new episodes of High Maintenance will launch later this year exclusively under Vimeo On Demand, according to Variety. While the 13 episodes of Cycle One will remain available for free on Vimeo, prices for Cycle Two have yet to be announced.
Vimeo recently redesigned its On Demand site to make it easier for viewers to discover new films to watch. The redesign incorporates “collections,” or groups of films that center around specific themes, and a new personal library, where Vimeo users can access films they’ve rented and purchased. With its 90/10 revenue split after transaction fees, Vimeo On Demand can be a favorable distribution option for filmmakers.
High Maintenance was created by casting director Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), actor and editor Ben Sinclair (Delocated, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, The Big C) and manager Russell Gregory at Regarding Entertainment. Since launching its first episode in October 2012, the series has gained a cult following online. The new support from Vimeo will hopefully spark a larger following for the well-deserving series and perhaps hints that Vimeo will continue investing in original content in the future.
You can watch the first episode of High Maintenance below. WARNING: this video is NSFW (unless you work from home, like me):
Watch the entire first cycle of High Maintenance here.