PIONEER ONE is an independent sci-fi drama series written by Josh Bernhard and directed by Bracey Smith. After raising $6000 to shoot their pilot on Kickstarter in March, 2010, the first episode debuted online on June 16, 2010 and was downloaded 2,000,000 times in two weeks and went on to win Best Drama Pilot at the 2010 New York Television Festival. Over the next several months, fans donated $100,000 to fund the rest of the 6-episode first season, which went on to be nominated for a Webby Award for Best Drama and Best Writing in 2012.
2010 New York Television Festival: Best Drama Pilot
2012 Webby Awards: Best Drama Nominee
2012 Webby Awards: Best Writing Honoree
2012 IAWTV Awards: Best Drama Nominee
Originally distributed on VODO.net, the episodes had over 4.1 million completed downloads as of April, 2012.