I Want My Phone Back: Digital Series

  • 32.6M+ views, 437k+ followers

  • Bronze Winner, Best Variety Series (Telly Awards 2018)

  • Nominee, Best Variety Series (Webby Awards 2018)

  • 6th Best Comedy Web Series (Paste Magazine 2016)

  • 7th in overall viewer engagement (Facebook Watch) 

Welcome to the scariest game show on earth: people find out just how long they can go without their mobile devices as comedians wreak havoc across their personal messages and social media.

As creative executive for the premier season on Facebook Watch, I ideated and oversaw challenges, copy, locations, and casting, and served as a literal voice in host Alana Johnston's ear, feeding her on-the-fly jokes and intel from contestants' phones. In post-production, I noted and advised cuts, graphics, music, titling, and design, and facilitated communication between the network and internal teams. 

Full series available here.

 
 

Sampling of season 1 episode titles and copy:

Bother of the Bride

Episode 1

One woman tags an ex in her profile pic. Another texts her entire family for sex advice. And someone goes on a cold call rampage. All this and more on the premier of I Want My Phone Back.

Meat Your Maker

Episode 2

A vegan poses with a plate of meat. A girl calls her friend’s baby dumb. And someone posts all the selfies.

Heart Before the Horse

Episode 3

Alana uncovers a bizarre piece of short fiction, reconnects a contestant with their ex's mom, and devises the world's least romantic marriage proposal.


Guilt Trip

Episode 4

Alana sends a contestant on an impromptu trip to Vegas, exposes a shocking text thread, and discovers a way to bring a contestant’s follower count to 0.

Family Assets

Episode 5

Alana digs through a detailed dating log, crowdsources a tattoo parlor for toddlers, and tries to topple a wedding flash mob.