By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire May 29, 2014 at 8:46AM
Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, Vimeo today announced its first original programming project with "High Maintenance," based on the critically acclaimed web series of the same name from the husband-and-wife team Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair. Vimeo will finance six new episodes to launch exclusively on Vimeo On Demand.
Award-winning casting director Katja Blichfeld ("30 Rock"), actor and editor Ben Sinclair ("30 Rock," "Law & Order: SVU") and manager Russell Gregory of Regarding Entertainment originally debuted High Maintenance on Vimeo in 2013. The 13-episode series, produced by Janky Clown Productions, follows a nameless pot dealer (Sinclair) as he delivers his product to a series of neurotic clients. The web series has featured a rotating cast that has included Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey") and comedian Hannibal Buress.
"We’re all huge fans of 'High Maintenance' and couldn't be happier to make our first original programming investment in a show that’s developed organically on Vimeo," said Kerry Trainor, CEO, Vimeo. "Earlier this year we announced an initial $10 Million investment to license content for distribution on Vimeo On Demand from creators seeking alternatives to ad-based models and this as an exciting next step for the platform."
Series creators Blichfeld and Sinclair said, "We're elated to be working directly with Vimeo to make our series with the creative control a television network would never afford us. They are a platform that truly celebrates filmmaking."
The new episodes are expected to launch later this year with the release schedule and pricing yet to be determined. In the meantime, viewers can catch the first 13 episodes of "High Maintenance" for free on Vimeo.