NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) today announced the details of its inaugural IAWTV Awards, to be held at the 2012 International CES. Through a partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the IAWTV Awards will take place at the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, the International CES, the evening of January 12, 2012 at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Best known for shaping and promoting the evolving Web television industry, the IAWTV Awards will be the first award show that is by content producers for content producers within the industry. The Awards will serve as an annual event that allows its members to pay tribute to the best of their profession, while networking among industry luminaries and supporting the Academy. From studio executives to YouTube celebrities and independent content creators, members will honor those that are successfully creating entertainment for digital platforms.
“The academy has spoken and agrees that the IAWTV Awards will further our mission of advancing the arts and sciences of Web television and fostering a spirit of community within the web video industry,” said Paul Kontonis, Chairman of the Board of Directors for IAWTV and VP, Group Director of Brand Content at The Third Act, Digitas. “To have the show during CES not only allows us celebrate excellence in online video, but also proves that more mainstream audiences recognize the quality and unique content the web television industry provides. The International CES will raise the awareness of these incredibly innovative content creators among global audiences.”
Former AOL TV and Babelgum executive Amber J. Lawson serves as IAWTV Awards Committee Chair and will oversee the creative development of the show itself, as well as sponsorship opportunities. Kontonis and Lawson announced the show and CEA partnership at Digitas’ NewFront during Internet Week among the online producers, distributors and brands attending the event.
Lawson added, “We are launching our Awards show during the 2012 CES because it is the world’s leading technology and content conference, and it attracts visionaries and innovators from across the globe. Just like CES, the IAWTV Awards will be the perfect marriage of entertainment, technology and talent, and we look forward to recognizing the best online series producers and productions.”
“The IAWTV Awards are a perfect addition to the content-focused attractions at the 2012 International CES as part of our Entertainment Matters program for the Hollywood, entertainment and digital communities,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of conferences and events for CEA. “These IAWTV awards will help bring the best of web video to the top entertainment executives interested in the convergence of content and technology who attend the International CES.”
For its inaugural gala, the IAWTV Awards will consist of 33 categories honoring web series and talent, both in-front of the camera and behind the scenes. Submissions for the IAWTV Awards will be open to individual producers, production teams and companies, YouTube stars and major studios and mainstream talent. A full list of categories for the first IAWTV Awards can be found at http://iawtv.org/awards/categories/.
The IAWTV is currently reviewing sponsorship opportunities for the Awards. For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit www.iawtv.org. For 2012 CES information, visit http://www.CESweb.org.
About The International Academy of Web Television
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. Founded in 2009, the IAWTV is helping to shape the rapidly evolving web television industry while providing a venue for the acknowledgement of artistic and technological achievement in original entertainment distributed on the open internet. IAWTV members include actors, agents, composers, content developers, directors, editors, producers, technology innovators, writers, and other industry professionals all of whom joined the organization based on their passion and dedication to advance the craft of web television. For more information, please visit www.iawtv.org
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $186 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org and www.Innovation-Movement.com.