The IAWTV Awards honors and promotes excellence in web television.
Arlington, Va., June 27, 2012 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)reg; today announced it will partner with the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) 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 at The Venetian. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2013 International CES will be held January 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"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."
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 upon consumers, media companies and consumer electronics," said Paul Kontonis, chairman of the IAWTV. "We will build upon the successes of the 2012 IAWTV Awards and create a platform for all the players of the web television industry at the 2013 CES."
Kontonis announced that Amber J. Lawson will continue to chair the IAWTV Awards after overseeing a successful inaugural show in 2012. Building upon 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 tune in to the 2013 online show, double the number of 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 2012 IAWTV Awards will recognize excellence on the largest stage, CES, and through these recognizable awards."
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $195 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.iawtv.org and www.DeclareInnovation.com. Follow CES at www.CESweb.org and through social media: International CES FacebookInternational CES TwitterDigital Dialogue.
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 and the producers of the IAWTV Awards. Founded in 2009, the IAWTV is shaping the rapidly evolving Web television industry while providing a venue for the acknowledgement of artistic and technological achievement in original online video. 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