The IAWTV Awards, the first web TV awards "For the Creators, By the Creators" took place, through a partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, 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 are the first web tv awards that are 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/.
During the IAWTV Awards held at CES 2012, there was a series of educational panels and industry discussions to educate and build the web tv community, hosted by the IAWTV. The panels featured top industry professional sharing their knowledge and insight. The panels were recorded thanks to the efforts of IAWTV member Adam A. Lohnes and through a sponsorship by Moviola.