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The International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) today announced it will partner with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) on an expanded awards program. The 2013 International CES®, the world’s most important technology event, will be host to the 2013 IAWTV Awards show on January 8, 2013 at The Venetian. The event is part of the 2013 International CES, which will be held on January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Best known for shaping the evolving Web television industry, and on the heels of a successful inaugural awards show, IAWTV announces that the 2013 IAWTV Awards show will be more spectacular and will continue to celebrate the best in Web series and online video programming. The IAWTV Awards, voted on the by the membership of the IAWTV, honors and promotes excellence in web television. It is the only show for the creators, by the creators and whose proceeds support the education and promotion of the global online video industry. Proceeds from the 2012 IAWTV Awards funded a comprehensive series of monthly educational programs in a partnership with YouTube in New York and Los Angeles, which have been recorded for future distribution to the web television community across the world.
“The IAWTV partnership with CEA to host the IAWTV Awards at CES demonstrates the power of native digital video and the impact it has on consumers, media and consumer electronics,” noted Paul Kontonis, chairman of the IAWTV. “We will build on the successes of the 2012 IAWTV Awards and create a platform for all the players of the web television industry at the 2013 CES.”
“More than 30,000 entertainment professionals attend the International CES,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of events and conferences at CES. “The IAWTV Awards is an important new attraction for the content community since it celebrates all the great entertainment created for online audiences. We are thrilled that the IAWTV Awards are returning in an even bigger way at the 2013 CES.”
Kontonis also announced that Amber J. Lawson will continue to chair the IAWTV Awards after overseeing a successful inaugural show in 2012. Building on 33 award categories last year, the 2013 IAWTV Awards will feature two additional categories: Best Live Show and Best Ensemble Cast. The live show will be accompanied by an online broadcast of the ceremony. More than 50,000 web television professionals are expected to watch the 2013 online show, which is double the number who watched last year’s show.
“2012 has become the year of the original online video, so many new productions have built audiences around fantastic content and community, “ said Lawson. “The 2013 IAWTV Awards will recognize excellence on the largest stage, CES, and through these recognizable awards.”
The 35 categories are open to independent producers to major studios, YouTube stars and mainstream talent. All categories can be found at www.iawtvawards.org.
“More than 30,000 entertainment professionals attend the International CES, “ said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of events and conferences at CES. “The IAWTV Awards is an important new attraction for the content community since it celebrates all the great entertainment created for online audiences. We are thrilled that the IAWTV Awards are returning in an even bigger way at the 2013 CES.”