Emmy® Winners, Soap, Primetime, Web and Movie Stars to attend 5th Annual Indie Series Awards In Los Angeles
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So when the NoHo Arts District dot com team heard the news that the Indie Series Awards were coming to North Hollywood we had to share an event that celebrates the hard work of our independent, web series creators.
On Wednesday, April 2, stars from television, film, Broadway and the web will converge in North Hollywood at ISA5: The 5th Annual Indie Series Awards where 26 crystal awards will be handed out to the best and brightest stars of independent web television. After hosting the gala event in New York City for the previous four years, the producers have relocated the awards show to the NoHo Arts District at the beautiful, historic El Portal Theatre.
Nominees and stars confirmed to attend include host Carolyn Hennesy (ABC’s General Hospital, True Blood, Cougar Town, nominated for Single Siblings), Christine Lakin (Veronica Mars), Charlene Tilton (Dallas, nominated for DeVanity), Eric Martsolf (Days of Our Lives), Traci Lords (TAG, Model Citizen, nominated for Eastsiders), Sean Kanan (General Hospital), Darin Brooks (Emmy winner currently starring on The Bold and the Beautiful, nominated for Bloomers), Kyle Lowder (The Bold and the Beautiful, nominated for DeVanity), Christian LeBlanc (The Young and the Restless, nominated for Fumbling thru the Pieces), Colleen Zenk (three-time Emmy nominee and longtime star of As The World Turns, nominated for Thurston), Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives, nominated for Bloomers), Walt Willey (longtime star of All My Children, nominated for Thurston), Jillian Clare (Alien Abduction, nominated for Clutch), Sebastian La Cause (Broadway’s Rocky Horror Show and Chicago, nominated for Hustling), Diane Delano (The Ladykillers, nominated for Fumbing thru the Pieces), Van Hansis (Devil May Call, As The World Turns, nominated for Eastsiders), Brad Bell (Husbands), plus additional invited celebrities from television and feature films confirming daily.
The ISAs honor the best in independently produced, scripted, serialized programming on the web. Featuring a mix of daytime and primetime Emmy® award-nominees and winners, Broadway and movie stars plus rising newcomers from the web community, the ISAs have become a cutting edge event that unites all media platforms. A record breaking 56 shows received at least one nomination this year.
What: 5th Annual Indie Series Awards
When: Wednesday, April 2nd
Where: El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA
Red Carpet Arrivals: 6PM
Why did you choose the NoHo Arts District as the home for the awards show?
(answered by Susan Bernhardt, Producing Partner, Indie Series Awards)
SB: When shopping for a venue to bring the Indie Series Awards out to Los Angeles (the previous four years they were held in New York City), I was literally drawn to NoHo and the vibe of the area. The El Portal Theatre was the perfect choice to host the event, and The Federal Bar next door is the ideal location for our after party. Couple that with the new Holiday Day Inn Express that just opened, and we have the exact combination we needed to accommodate the many people traveling from all over the country (and the world) to attend. We are absolutely thrilled with all the venues that are working with us to bring ISA5 to the Los Angeles area!
Can you describe the nomination and voting process? (answered by Roger Newcomb, founder of the Indie Series Awards)
RN: An all-time high number of web series submitted this year. They were all reviewed and scored by the We Love Soaps and Indie Series Network internal editorial and production team who handpicked 6 nominees for each of the 26 categories. The final round of judging was determined by an industry panel of experts who ranked the nominees in each category. It was very important to us that anyone involved in the process really watch and appreciate these shows and judge them fairly.
Do you have advice for what makes a successful web series? Any advice for aspiring directors? (answered by Susan Bernhardt, Producing Partner, Indie Series Awards)
SB: As a New Media Producer myself (I’ve produced 3 seasons of the multi-award winning teen drama, Miss Behave, and have a new Zom-Com coming out next month called Acting Dead), the best advice I have for aspiring filmmakers is do it for the love, not for the money. As much as we like to think there is a back-end income to be made, it just isn’t there yet. At the same time, making a project for the sheer passion and creativity that goes along with it, can be just as rewarding. Pool your resources – reach out to friends for help. But don’t skimp on the things that matter – first and foremost being, a good story and great sound. Barter for things such as food, locations, and take advantage of the SAG-AFTRA New Media contract which allows you to use professional actors. Who I might add, love the world of Indie Web Series’.
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