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Web Television to be Honored in Inaugural Awards Show

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"Web television is one of the fastest-growing and most influential forms of digital media, with its worldwide audience increasing exponentially," said Paul Kontonis, Chairman of the Board of Directors for IAWTV, and Vice President/Group Director of Brand Content at Digitas. "The IAWTV Awards honors the best in original web television and series programming as selected by the content creators, distributors, producers, talent and platforms that are defining this industry every day."

The International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) is a nonprofit organization comprised of leaders in the field of Web television, Web video and the digital entertainment industries.  The IAWTV Awards is an official web television industry awards show established for content creators, by content creators. The event serves as a platform for members of the IAWTV to honor the best of their profession.  The winners will be honored Thursday, January 12, 2012 at a live ceremony at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the prestigious International CES.

And your nominees* are...

  • Best Comedy Web Series
    Gigi: Almost American
    The Guild
    The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
    Video Game Reunion

    Best Drama Web Series
    AIDAN 5
    Anyone But Me
    CELL: The Web Series
    Pioneer One
    RCVR/Web Series

    Best Hosted Taped Web Series
    A Comicbook Orange
    ETC - Entertainment, Technology, Culture
    NextMovie Daily
    The Web.Files

    Best Hosted Live Web Series
    Geek Beat LIVE
    Indie Intertube
    Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
    Stupid For Movies
    What's Trending with Shira Lazar

    Best Animated Web Series
    CliffsNotes Films
    Dick Figures
    Red vs. Blue
    Sketch 22
    The World of Bruce McCall

    Best Documentary Web Series
    Beyond the Gallery
    Deja View
    Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    The Founders
    White Collar Brawler

    Best Variety Web Series
    Fanboy Funhouse
    Kids React
    Mark Malkoff
    Stripped Down Live
    Team Unicorn

    Best News Web Series
    Daily Ticker
    Tech News Today
    The Philip Defranco Show
    The Woodward Report

    Best Educational Web Series
    Engineer Your Space
    Financially Fit
    The Great Camera Shootout 2011
    What You Can Do

    Best Writing (Comedy)
    Felicia Day, The Guild
    Jeff Lewis, The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
    Marilyn Anne Michaels and Dominic Conti, The Best Friend
    Jessica Mills, Awkward Embraces
    Steve Silverman, Pretty

    Best Writing (Drama)
    Vidas Barzdukas, AIDAN 5
    Mark Gardner, CELL: The Web Series
    Susan Miller and Tina Cesa Ward, Anyone But Me
    David Nett, Rick Robinson & Andrew R. Deutsch, Night of the Zombie King
    David Van Eyssen and Brian Horiuchi, RCVR/Web Series

    Best Writing (Non-Fiction)
    Benny Fine and Rafi Fine, Kids React
    Grace Helbig, Daily Grace
    Rudy Jahchan, A Comicbook Orange
    Scott Lynch, The Great Camera Shootout 2011
    Nar Williams, NextMovie Daily

    Best Directing (Comedy)
    Sean Becker, The Guild
    Sean Becker, The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
    Sandeep Parikh, Legend of Neil
    Steve Silverman, Pretty
    Frederick Snyder, SOLO: The Series

    Best Directing (Drama)
    Ben Bays, AIDAN 5
    Tina Cesa Ward, Anyone But Me
    David Nett, Night of the Zombie King
    Chris Preksta, The Mercury Men
    David Van Eyssen, RCVR/Web Series

    Best Directing (Non-Fiction)
    Danny Cameron, DadLabs
    Benny Fine and Rafi Fine, Kids React
    Sandra J. Payne, The Web.Files
    Brett Register, What's Trending with Shira Lazar
    Mike Rotman, Kevin Pollak's Chat Show

    Best Female Performance (Comedy)
    Alexis Boozer (Brynn Arbor), Leap Year
    Emma Caulfield (Emma Caulfield), Bandwagon The Series
    Felicia Day (Codex), The Guild
    Julie Ann Emery (Emily), Then we got HELP!
    Hillary B. Smith (Ellie), Fumbling thru the Pieces

    Best Female Performance (Drama)
    Jourdan Gibson (The Woman/Sarah), CELL: The Web Series
    Rachael Hip-Flores (Vivian McMillan), Anyone But Me
    Jeri Ryan (Sonya Blade), Mortal Kombat: Legacy
    Maya Sayre (Det. Morgan Riley), AIDAN 5
    Taryn Southern (Jamie Phillips), BlackBoxTV: The Series

    Best Male Performance (Comedy)
    Yuri Baranovsky (Aaron Morrison), Leap Year
    Jeff Lewis (Vork), The Guild
    Jeff Lewis (Stan), The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
    Jonathan Nail (Scott Drizhal), SOLO: The Series
    Sandeep Parikh (Zaboo), The Guild

    Best Male Performance (Drama)
    Dingani Beza (Patrick Aubert), Asylum
    Bryan Michael Block (Det. James Aidan), AIDAN 5
    Daniel Bonjour (Luke Weber), RCVR/Web Series
    Maxwell Glick (Hicks), Night of the Zombie King
    Kevin McCarthy (The Man), CELL: The Web Series

    Best Host (Taped)
    Khail Anonymous, ETC - Entertainment, Technology, Culture
    Burnie Burns, Immersion
    Kristyn Burtt, The Web.Files
    Casey McKinnon, A Comicbook Orange
    Brad Powell, DadLabs

    Best Host (Live)
    April Grant and Amanda Shockley, Indie Intertube
    Mark Keizer and Wade Major, Stupid For Movies
    Shira Lazar, What's Trending with Shira Lazar
    Kevin Pollak, Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
    Curt Smith, Stripped Down Live

    Best Cinematography
    Andrew R. Deutsch, Night of the Zombie King
    Christopher Charles Kempinski, Riese: Kingdom Falling
    C. Kim Miles, Mortal Kombat: Legacy
    Iskra Valtcheva and Michael Morlan, CELL: The Web Series
    Joost Van Starrenburg, RCVR/Web Series

    Best Design
    Greg Aronowitz, Dragon Age: Redemption
    Ben Brown and Jason Mowry, AIDAN 5
    Jonathan Nail and Michael Levine, SOLO: The Series
    Kelly Wasserman, RCVR/Web Series
    Eric Whitney, Continuum

    Best Costume Design
    Katie Broad, Fallout: Nuka Break
    Jenny Green, Dan Crawley and Thais Yuki, Video Game Reunion
    Kristin Ingram, The Guild
    Megan Leson, Riese: Kingdom Falling
    Shawna Trpcic, Dragon Age: Redemption

    Best Makeup/Special Effects
    Greg Aronowitz and Kimberly Graczyk, Dragon Age: Redemption
    Michael Del Rossa, RCVR/Web Series
    Kimberly Graczyk, The Guild
    Ralis Kahn, Bianca Appice and Shintaro Kakioka, Fallout: Nuka Break
    Jamie Register, A Good Knight's Quest

    Best Visual Effects
    Chad Briggs, Continuum
    Lawson Demming, Rocket Studios and Tunnel Post, RCVR/Web Series
    Keegen Douglas, Mortal Kombat: Legacy
    Shawn Likley, AIDAN 5
    Chris Preksta, The Mercury Men

    Best Editing
    Fawaz Al-Matrouk, Goldilocks
    Jeff Cowan, RCVR/Web Series
    Matthew Lyons and Kirby Jinnah, Riese: Kingdom Falling
    Chris Preksta and Tyson VanSkiver, The Mercury Men
    Tony E. Valenzuela, BlackBoxTV: The Series

    Best Original Music
    Rob Gokee, Night of the Zombie King
    Rob Gokee, SOLO: The Series
    Mike Jackson, AIDAN 5
    Peace Nistades, Dragon Age: Redemption
    Brian Satterwhite, CELL: The Web Series

    Best Supplemental Content
    Kids React
    RCVR/Web Series
    The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros
    The Mercury Men
    Vampire Zombie Werewolf

    Best Web Site Design
    AIDAN 5
    Engineer Your Space
    RCVR/Web Series
    Ruby Skye P.I.
    The Guild

    Best Distribution Platform

    Best Interactive/Social Media Experience
    CliffsNotes Films
    Kids React
    RCVR/Web Series
    Stupid For Movies
    What's Trending with Shira Lazar

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Check back for all the highlights and winners after the awards show.

*Only episodes of a web series as defined by the IAWTV that were released during the period of January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2011 were considered for nomination in the Inaugural IAWTV Awards and only so long as at least two or more episodes of the web series were released within the eligibility period.


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