The Hosts: A New Webseries

New York City, New York | Series

Comedy, LGBTQ

Ben Odom

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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Jason wants a relationship, not just a hook-up. But after a heartbreak, he decides to give up putting his best side forward, and start putting out. The Hosts goes under the surface of the gay culture we see on TV to take an intimate and realistic look at how we present ourselves in the bedroom.

About The Project

  • The Story
  • Wishlist
  • Updates
  • The Team
  • Community

Mission Statement

"The Hosts" is pledging to cast queer men of color in at least 5 of its 7 available roles. We are pledging to hire women and LGBTQ+ filmmakers in all our available crew positions. We express awareness that our cast features men exclusively, hence our taking these measures.

The Story


"The Hosts" is a new gay webseries in 10 parts, currently in pre-production, with production scheduled for late August 2019.  Read below for everything you'd want to know about the story, our team, and our funding campagin!


"The Hosts" follows Jason, a young gay man in New York City, who has just gone through a break-up after a 7-year relationship with the only man he's ever been with.  Out of pride and desperation, Jason makes a plan for himself: integrate himself back into the world of dating the way so many other gay men do, by going on the hook-up app all the gays love to hate.


10 episodes, 10 Grindr hook-ups - and a whole lotta complication



I began writing "The Hosts" out of a need to see what I wasn't seeing in other LGBTQ webseries: all of that revealing, complicated, fussy, and fraught behavior that occurs just after getting to your hook-up's apartment and just before leaving.  It is, in some ways, much more vulnerable than the sex itself.  We have to be honest about what we want, say the right thing, avoid saying the wrong thing, be upfront about our statuses, our preferred positions, not appearing desperate, staying in the moment.  All this, on top of being with someone you've never met before.  Anything is possible, and that's terrifying.  


"The Hosts" is built on uncomfortable situations for our characters, especially for Jason.  Every moment takes place in the discomfort of a stranger's home: a stranger who is expecting favors he wants to deliver on, but often has no idea how to reconcile his own sense of self with what.  He wants sex, and his partners want sex, but that doesn't mean everyone wants the same thing.



At early development readings for "The Hosts", the most striking thing for those listening was just how relatable it was.  Listeners and readers continue to remark on how familar the scenarios seemed, and how it captured the difficulty of connecting with another person, espcially when sex gets in the way.  They cringed at the connections they drew to their own lives, felt vulnerable and seen by it, and sometimes even validated.  I want to explore all this territory throughout the series.



Our team is made up New York filmmakers, actors, and producers from all different backgrounds!  Some of us come from the theater world, some from the comedy world, some have produced their own work, some have worked in other areas of entertainment.  Myself and my director are committed to hiring entriely non-binary, female, and transgender crew members, and the cast filling out our characters will predominantly be actors of color.  We are telling an urban queer story, and that means an ethnically diverse one.


In order to bring you this intimate and relatable story and make it the very best it can be, we need support from people like you!  Your donations will go towards paying our exceptional crew, making sure everyone on set is fed, renting the best equipment, and editing the project to perfection in post-production.


If you cannot contribute, you can help by following us on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages, and sharing and retweeting our posts!  We are at @thehostsseries on all platforms.  


Thank you for all your support and your engagement!  We'll see you on the internet!


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Assistant Director pay

Costs $1,250

Tracks daily progress, prepares call sheets, maintains order, and ensures safety

Camera and lighting crew

Costs $4,000

Payment for director of photography, their assistant, and lighting team


Costs $1,750

Keeping a film set fed well is the cornerstone to making everyone happy!


Costs $200

A cushion for the inevitable over-budget expense!

Post-production editing and mixing

Costs $1,850

The cost of sifting through all that we've filmed and putting together the best version!

Sound crew

Costs $2,000

Sound is especially important for an intimate show like ours. We want to ensure the best!

Cash Pledge

Costs $0


Costs $700

Provides payment to use various apartments to film in


Costs $250

Stipends for our camera crew!

About This Team

We come from a variety of backgrounds in the New York theater, film and TV scene!


Ben Odom is the creator, writer, and executive producer of "The Hosts", and plays Jason.  His field of study includes acting for the camera and stage, classical and contemporary singing, improv and sketch comedy, Shakespeare, Alexander technique, and dance.  He has trained at Atlantic Theater School, The Barrow Group, and the Upright Citizens Brigade.  He recently worked on "Mr. Robot" and Netflix's "Alex Strangelove", and has appeared in leading roles for commercials for Coca-Cola and Hulu.  He is a member of Actor's Equity, and is a graduate of Syracuse University.  Ben is also a certified yoga instructor, an avid podcast listener, and a reader of various non-fiction.  Follow Ben on Instagram at @ben_odom15


David Bonderoff (Director/Executive Producer), he/him, is a Brooklyn based actor, director, and writer.  He is known for his acting work on SyFy's Happy! and for a successful Seed & Spark campaign for his short film, Older Brothers.  It is his mission to develop and produce stories that increase representation, inclusion, and joy.  David studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio, comedy at UCB, and film production through BRIC arts media's public access education.  @davidbonderoff on all social media.


Haley Goetz (Assistant Director/Outreach Consultant) is a 21 year old graduate of the film program at Ithaca College and a recent Brooklyn transplant. While in film school, Haley immersed herself in the producing and directing of films. Her senior thesis film, Feverdreaming, has shown at three film festivals in New England and New York City. Feverdreaming is based on true events, as it tells the love story between Haley's late uncle and his partner before both of them passed away due to AIDS complications in the year 1995. It was a very personal and reflective experience for Haley to make this film, and she hopes to make more films dealing with queer-specific topics in the future. Haley is a self-identifying lesbian, and when she is not busy helping The Hosts become a kick-ass web series, she is working on her own feature-length screenplay. Haley is also one of the organizers for a new feminist-focused film festival coming to Brooklyn this August, the Fatal Femme Film Festival. You can check Haley out on Instagram @boatsofgoatz


Ryan Kristopik (Associate Producer/Events Consultant) is an actor, singer, and comedian in New York. Ryan has appeared Off-Broadway in the musical "It Came From Beyond" and produces his musical comedy show, Thirst Tracks Live!, at venues around the city. Ryan has studied comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, and Sea Tea Improv.


Tony Tilli (Actor/Associate Producer/Social Media Consultant) is an actor, model booker, and video editor living in New York City. As an actor, his favorite credits include Spring Awakening, Little Shop of Horrors, Arsenic and Old Lace, the Hot Mikado, and Machinal, as well as an appearance on “Sell It Like Serhant”. He has worked as a casting associate with Laura Stanczyk Casting, working on such projects as the Kennedy Center revival of Follies, and the Tony Award-winning After Midnight. He is currently a model booker with Abbey Lynn Models, booking talent on commercial print and on-camera commercial campaigns for major brands. He is a graduate of Chapman University with a BFA in Theatre Performance, and has studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade. Follow Tony on Intstagram at @TonyTilli. 


Kevin Loftus (Associate Producer) studied at Syracuse University's Tepper Semester and SUNY Purchase.  He's interned for Tucker/Meyerson Casting and Mark Saks Casting.


Anna Campion (Producer/Outreach Consultant) is a recent New York transplant from the bustling town of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. She just graduated from William & Mary this May, and is excited to be producing some #gaycontent! When not working on The Hosts, Anna can be found binge-watching crime procedurals, walking dogs, and working on her own scripts.

Current Team