In case we don’t say it enough, we love the Nerdist community. In fact, part of the reason we work at a place like this is so we can geek out about the things we love—film, television, comics, video games, science, tech, music, and everything in between—with a bunch of intelligent, passionate, fun, curious, engaged fellow fans! From op-eds and interviews to our regular video series (Nerdist News, The Dan Cave, Because Science) to our new slate of Facebook Live programming, everything we create is so we can continue to discuss and analyze and adore our nerdy passions to our hearts’ content. That’s why we’re SO excited to announce that we’re making our community even more inclusive and expansive by joining forces with our sister site, Geek & Sundry, to create Alpha: a brand new, interactive membership service!
For months, we’ve been toiling away in our secret lab, creating the perfect interactive platform with state-of-the-art technology that will allow YOU, our dear audience, to build a community with each other, our new original content, and of course, your favorite Nerdist and Geek & Sundry folks! Everything you watch and connect with on our new, monthly membership service will have interactive features like live video chats, polls, and dial-ins… so you can be completely immersed in our wonderfully weird world and help to shape its evolution.
Our own Nerdist Overlord Chris Hardwick says that Alpha should feel like “a community clubhouse. We want it to be special and have real, justifiable value for members, e.g., live event access, merch, IRL meet-ups and bonus podcasts, to name a few things. Alpha is about partnering with people we love to create a safe space for fandom and the people who are passionate about it.”
Now, don’t worry — the shows and stories you love on Nerdist and Geek & Sundry aren’t going anywhere. This is just an awesome, extra thing that you can join to level-up your experience. Along with new and returning fan-favorite shows, we’ll have live watch-alongs with celebrity guests, game shows with Alpha members as the contestants, Choose Your Own Adventure-style scripted shows where you decide the story, and many more surprises along the way.
More details about Alpha’s release date, pricing, and programming are coming soon, so please keep your eyes peeled for more announcements in the next few months. For now, make sure you sign up for Alpha Early Access and tell us what kind of shows, features, and faces you’d like to see in the new Nerdist and Geek & Sundry membership service in the comments below. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!