New York - The
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), producer of International CES, is
partnering with the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) to hold the
inaugural IAWTV Awards at the 2012 show.
The IAWTV Awards
will take place at CES, on the evening of Jan. 12, 2012, at the Venetian in Las
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, both groups said.
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 IAWTV and
VP/group director of brand content at The Third Act, Digitas.
"To have the show
during CES not only allows us to celebrate excellence in online video, but also
proves that more mainstream audiences are also recognizing the quality and
unique content the web television industry provides. The International CES
serves as the perfect opportunity to raise greater 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 to 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, conferences
and events senior VP 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 www.cesweb.org.