Here's the official press release:
Announcing The 1st Annual Streamy Awards to Recognize and Honor Outstanding Achievement in Web Television: Nominations Open Today
New York, NY / Los Angeles, CA (December 19, 2008) — The Streamy Awards™, co-hosted by a consortium of leading new media companies—NewTeeVee, Tilzy.TV and Tubeﬁlter—is the ﬁrst awards program of its kind to recognize outstanding achievement in shows produced originally for broadband distribution.
"Web television shows are entertaining millions of viewers every day—and in ways that traditional mediums never have. It's time to honor the shows and the creative talent behind them," said Brady Brim-DeForest, Co-Founder of Tubeﬁlter.
2008 was a monumental year for online entertainment. Major production studios, independent new media producers, and a swath of talent ranging from Hollywood celebrities to overnight internet sensations contributed to the development of a distinctive and vibrant new medium.
"Digital media has had a truly transformative impact on storytelling and the entertainment industry," said Jamison Tilsner, Founder of Tilzy.TV. "These awards give us an opportunity to properly acknowledge the innovation around us."
The Streamy Awards is overseen by a panel of industry experts, members of the newly formed International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV), who will honor the greatest achievements of the last year in twenty-ﬁve categories. While the Academy will have the privilege of selecting ﬁnalists and winners from the public nominations in each category, the Audience Choice Award will go to the show that receives the greatest number of public votes.
"These awards have the potential to be the most prestigious in the online video world," said Liz Shannon Miller of NewTeeVee.
The timeline for nomination submissions, selection and announcement is as follows:
- December 19, 2008: Nominations open
- January 23, 2009: Nominations close
- February 15, 2009: Audience Choice Finalists Announced
- March 9, 2009: Nominees Announced
- March 28, 2009: The Streamy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA
Winners will be announced at the Streamy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California on
March 28, 2009. Any original web series of at least three installments released in 2008 can be nominated and will qualify for consideration. Fans are involved at every step of the nomination
process, and the most nominated show in each category will be automatically selected as
one of up to ﬁve ﬁnalists. Public nominations are currently open at: www.Streamys.org
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About The Co-Hosts:
Launched in 2006, NewTeeVee and NewTeeVee Station offer must-read coverage of the online video business for anyone—from producers to vloggers to video-watching college kids—who wants to have their ﬁnger on the pulse of new media culture. (www.newteevee.com)
Tilzy.TV is a guide to web shows and online video, comprehensively examining the content side of the rapidly developing internet entertainment industry. With a critical eye, Tilzy.TV provides regular reviews of original episodic programming created for the web plus news and developments in the growing new media landscape. Tilzy.TV was founded in April 2007 and is based in New York, NY. (www.tilzy.tv)
Tubeﬁlter is The Web Television Company™. A leading authority in the web television
space, Tubeﬁlter News exhaustively covers the industry, the creators, and the stars of this fast-paced, emerging entertainment market. Tubeﬁlter provides a variety of products and services, including the Web TV Schedule and the Tubeﬁlter Screening Room™, aimed at growing both the medium of and audience for web television. Based in Los Angeles, CA, the company was founded in 2008. (www.tubeﬁlter.tv)
Best Dramatic Web Series
Best Comedy Web Series
Best Hosted Web Series
Best News/Politics Web Series
Best Reality Web Series
Audience Choice Award
Best Web Series Host