4th Annual Indie Soap Awards Nominations Announced

4th Annual Indie Soap Awards Nominations Announced Today

- Surge of "extraordinary" shows this year; committee "inspired;" faced with "excruciating choices."
DEVANITY and OUT WITH DAD most nominated drama series; HUSBANDS, THE BLOODY MARY SHOW,  and PRETTY most nominated comedies.
- Winners to be announced Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at legendary awards show.

New York, NY (December 17, 2012) - Could this be a turning point in the history of Television? The entire world wide web?

"After breaking all these records (to begin with, we had the most submissions ever and the most nominations ever) we faced a daunting task.  Excruciating choices.  Haggling and horse trading were at an all-time high. But the quantity of high quality made it all worthwhile.  We were definitely inspired.

"But honestly, we barely avoided fisticuffs during the final meeting! There just has never been so much carnage after reducing each category to only six nominees," said We Love Soaps founder Roger Newcomb.

"We used to argue on behalf of a potential nominee, 'it's so good, it could be on TV.'  This time, to make the cut, it had to be, 'this is excellent, it's better than anything on TV!'  It's extraordinary. I think we've passed an historic landmark for the genre.  In so many ways, the shows on this list are better than the scripted, serialized programming on network Television.  Than anything on network Television." 

Over 40 web series received at least one nomination.  Almost 100 were submitted.  To be considered, among other qualifications, shows had to be independent, scripted, professional and serialized. And, they had to broadcast at least three episodes in 2012.  In addition to general excellence in TV programming, a special premium is placed on series which follow the mission of the Awards' charity sponsor, the Indie Series Network.  Their mission is to bring quality, independently-produced TV series, with socially relevant messaging and artistic merit, to under-served audiences.

Happily, everyone who worked on one of the series that was accepted for consideration, whether nominated or not, is invited (and encouraged) to attend the enormous, star-studded, industry-only gala celebration planned for February 19, 2013 at New World Stages in New York City. All-access Guest Passes for the event (really a series of events) just went on sale - at a discount, early bird rate, for now. Series will all be able to sit together for the actual Award Presentation Ceremony as long as they reserve their assigned seats before January 5.

NOW, THE NOMINEES
DEVANITY and OUT WITH DAD led all drama series with nine nominations each.  HUSBANDS, THE BLOODY MARY SHOW and PRETTY each had nine nominations on the comedy side.

Complete list of 4th Annual Indie Soap Awards nominations:

BEST WEB SERIES (DRAMA)
DEVANITY
HITMAN 101
HUSTLING
OUT WITH DAD
THE OUTS 
RAGGED ISLE

Thanks For Your Submissions

The deadline has now passed to submit for the 4th Annual Indie Soap Awards. Thanks to all the web series that submitted this year. The level of quality in all areas of these productions has continued to grow each year. The nominations will be revealed on December 17. Stay tuned for more details on that!

4th Annual Indie Soap Awards Coming February 19, 2013


The We Love Soaps' 4th Annual Indie Soap Awards, honoring the best in independently produced, serialized scripted web series, will take place on February 19, 2013. The ceremony will once again be held at New World Stages in New York.  RAGGED ISLE and PRETTY were named Best Drama and Comedy, respectively. This year there are even more fantastic web series eligible (Calendar and very simple submission instructions). Check out last year's nominees in the montages below that were shown at the 3rd Annual ISAs earlier this year.

Indie Soap Award Winner Joshua Holland At Olympics As A Trainer

In February 2010 at the 1st Annual Indie Soap Awards, ANYONE BUT ME's brilliant Joshua Holland won in the Best Performance by a Supporting Actor category. But his talent goes far beyond his acting career.

It is his knowledge and work in the world of exercise science, nutrition, sports and training that is taking him to the 2012 Summer Games – that and his association with Technogym.

Holland was selected by the company to be the only United States Technogym trainer to be onsite in the Olympic Village providing training to all of the world’s best athletes.

WATCH: Indie Soap Award Winner for Best Web Series Drama, RAGGED ISLE, Reveals Trailer for Season Two

RAGGED ISLE, an eerie, enchanting and addictive love letter to coastal Maine, has just released it's trailer for Season Two, which launches May 30, 2012. RAGGED ISLE won Best Drama Director, Best Cinematography and Best Drama Series at our 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards in February, and we understand that Season Two has been highly anticipated by the We Love Soaps audience ever since.  Enjoy!

4th Annual Indie Soap Awards Calendar & Rules: What You Need to Know


We Love Soaps has started planning the 4th Annual Indie Soap Awards, which are only 10 months away! Below is the (very small) list of eligibility requirements along with a calendar of key dates.

Indie Soap Award Winner Sebastian La Cause Covers Next Magazine


Sebastian La Cause was named Best Lead Actor (Drama) at this year's Indie Soap Awards for his work on HUSTLING. Since then, he's been everywhere including on the cover of this week's Next Magazine (the sex issue).

Inside the magazine there are numerous sexy photos taken by Gustavo Monroy. If you would like to see the photos, visit nextmagazine.com (some are rather racy so be warned if you are at work).

The hard working La Cause is gaining attention and we hope this growing momentum will help lead to another season of his fascinating drama series. If you haven't seen HUSTLING, you can watch it at hustling.tv

Official After Party Photos: 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards


When the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards ceremony and Winner's Circle concluded on February 21 at New World Stages in New York, the crowd moved a few blocks away to Flaming Saddles Saloon for the official after party. Our photographer for the event, Gustavo Monroy, captured some of the fun of the evening. We start with THE CAVANAUHS Cwennen Corral who posted with WE LOVE SOAPS TV's Kevin Mulcahy Jr. and Damon L. Jacobs. The ISAs will are exclusively on The SFN on March 18.

Winner's Circle Photos: 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards


Immediately following the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards ceremony on February 21 at New World Stages in New York, the award winners and attendees had an opportunity to hang out in the "Winner's Circle" and take photos with their award statues, network with other shows and catch up with old (and new) friends. Here are the official We Love Soaps Winner's Circle photos from our photographer for the event, Gustavo Monroy. We start with the biggest winner of the night, RAGGED ISLE's Barry Dodd, posing above with WE LOVE SOAPS TV's Roger Newcomb and Damon L. Jacobs and The SFN's Stewart St. John and Todd Fisher. The ISAs will are exclusively on The SFN on March 18.

Red Carpet Photos: 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards


The 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards were held on February 21 at New World Stages in new York. Here are the official We Love Soaps red carpet photos from our photographer Gustavo Monroy. We start with RAGGED ISLE above.

WINNERS: 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards


We Love Soaps in Association with The SFN presented The 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards on Tuesday, February 21 in a ceremony held in New York City. The Indie Soap Awards, or ISAs, strive to honor the very best in scripted, serialized programming for the web. This year, the nominees in several categories were divided into comedy and drama.

RAGGED ISLE, named Best Web Series (Drama) and PRETTY, named Best Web Series (Comedy), each took home three awards. This year's Indie Soap Award statue was custom designed by artist Armando Ramirez.

The indie web series world packed a theater at New World Stages and the show featured a special original song performance by Colleen Zenk, amazing clip packages of the nominated shows and a bubble-filled surprise ending. Most importantly it celebrated the people who are leading the evolution of a medium.

For those who were not able to attend, The SFN is exclusively broacasting the ceremony on March 18. There were laughs, there were tears, and so much more. This is a show not to be missed. There is a magical spirit in the air for the Indie Soap Awards and our partners at The SFN have captured that for the world to see.

Below you will find a complete list of the winners.

The Indie Soap Award 2012

We Love Soaps - in association with The SFN - presents the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards on February 21 (tonight!). Winners will be presented with an original work of art handcrafted for We Love Soaps by the artist, Armando Ramirez. His all-metal sculptures are soldered together from recycled, salvaged auto parts, and each one is unique.

"At first, little by little, I began to craft figures from scraps and discarded mechanical parts–-mostly from cars and bicycles," describes Ramirez. "And so I began to create sculptures, soldering the pieces together and giving them shape as I imagined they should look.

"The process involves selecting recycled items that can be used. I separate them and soak them in a cleaning solution to remove any impurities. I solder them together until I achieve my design, then I give it a protective coat of glossy varnish."

3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards Directory

As the excitement has building toward the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards ceremony, fans have been asking where they can find the nominated shows.  Below is a list of this year's nominations along with a guide for the nominated web series--cast, crew, descriptions, etc.  For anyone who has not checked out any of the indie soaps before, now is the perfect time to start.  Registrations for the live event close at Noon on Tuesday but if you can't make it in person, the telecast will air exclusively on The SFN on March 18. Either way, we encourage everyone to support the creators who are reinventing a genre for the World Wide Web.

National Gay Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce Partners With Indie Soap Awards

As organizers of The 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards, We Love Soaps TV is honored to announce our Community Partnership with The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, New York Chapter (NGLCCNY).  NGLCCNY is committed to forming a broad-based coalition representative of the various interests of LGBT owned and friendly businesses, professionals, and students of business for the purpose of promoting economic growth and prosperity of its members.



We spoke with Richard Oceguera, President of the respected organization, about the cultural impact of the Indie Soap Awards in the New York LGBT community.  "NGLCCNY is proud to support the talented artists who are creating this exciting new wave of video content," he said. "That many of the nominees are LGBT is a testament to the massive creative and business genius that our community has to offer!"



While daytime television has wavered in its commitment to accurately and respectfully representing the lives of gay/lesbian individuals, Indie Soaps have always portrayed members of this community with complexity, depth, and resilience.  This year's nominees such as ANACOSTIA, ANYONE BUT ME, EMPIRE, GREGORY WAY TV, HUSBANDS, HUSTLING, OUT WITH DAD, PRETTY, and VENICE, all prominently feature LGBT characters with real strengths and flaws.  They are part of the very fabric of their shows, not trounced out for a "special episode."



Such diverse and rich portrayals help to transform lives, empower viewers, and validate a sense of universal experience.  Similarly, NGLCCNY offers opportunities for New Yorkers who wish to succeed in business, improve connections, and empower their personal and professional communities.  We are grateful to Mr. Oceguera for recognizing this commitment in the Indie Soap Awards, and look forward to seeing all of you there!



Click here for a complete list of nominees for the Third Annual Indie Soap Awards.



If you would like to support the LGBT artists who are being recognized and celebrated, and be in the audience for this live event (to be filmed and broadcasted for The SFN) then register to come to the Indie Soap Award show and party in Manhattan, at New World Stages, on February 21st, 2012. For only $69.99 you can come view the ceremony, meet your favorite stars, and enjoy the open wine and beer bar!  



Register: $69.99. Click the "Add to Cart" button below. You will be prompted for the number of people in your party and method of payment.









Announcer Robert Valin Joins Indie Soap Awards

photo by Kristin Hoebermann
We Love Soaps TV is thrilled to add Robert Valin as the official Announcer of the Third Annual Indie Soap Awards, on February 21st, at New World Stages in Manhattan. Valin's voice is well known to Nick at Nite viewers, as well as anyone who has listened to radio in recent years.  His extensive resume includes advertisements for Broadway's The Toxic Avenger,  Fujisawa medications, Subway Sandwiches, American Express, and dozens more. Robert also recently starred as Martin in the highly received series "Bulk" (bulktheseries.com).



"Robert's voice conveys authority, purpose, and humor," said Indie Soap Award Producer Damon L. Jacobs.  "His polished talent and articulate creativity are the perfect voice of the Third Annual Indie Soap Awards...literally."



To learn more about Robert Valin, and hear the voice that you just know you have heard somewhere before, press here.  



To see who is else is attending The Third Annual Indie Soap Awards in Manhattan on 2/21, and to get your seat at this once-in-a-lifetime event, press here. 

Colleen Zenk Joins Daytime And Broadway Presenters At Indie Soap Awards February 21st

We Love Soaps TV is thrilled to confirm that Emmy Nominated Colleen Zenk will be joining us for the Third Annual Indie Soap Awards as an attendee and presenter.  Zenk brings with her a history of 32 years as Barbara Ryan on AS THE WORLD TURNS, as well as host of stage and screen credits.  Her creative renaissance in New York theater following the cancellation of ATWT represents the resilience, creativity, and empowerment celebrated in all the nominees at this year's rewards.



Zenk's new role in "Marrying George Clooney" continues to demonstrate her accomplished and consummate ability to balance humor with pathos.  Set in cyberspace, it’s about love, life, moms, dads, siblings, marriage, friendships, Ambien, confessions, googling old boyfriends at 3 a.m., fantasies and awakenings. It's about falling in love with yourself, and it's about a realization that women no longer have to punctuate any single part of their lives with a period.  Please join We Love Soaps TV in celebrating Colleen Zenk ("Clooney") from February 29th - March 24th, at Cap21 Theater, at 18 West 18th Street, 5th Floor, NY, NY.   Watch Zenk's video previewing the show here.



Register to Attend: $69.99. Click the "Add to Cart" button below. You will be prompted for the number of people in your party and method of payment.









Media Inquiries & Press RSVP: Contact Kevin Mulcahy Jr. at kevin@welovesoaps.com.



Note: We are not live streaming the event, but we will be recording it for a special broadcast later (stay tuned for those details).  The only way to find who won an Indie Soap Award in real time is to attend the celebration in person.



Click here to review the nominees and here to vote for the Fan's Choice Indie Soap of the Year Award (voting until Feb. 13).

We Love Soaps Announces Additional Celebrity Presenters For 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards

WE LOVE SOAPS ANNOUNCES SEBASTIAN LA CAUSE, MICHAEL O'LEARY, RACHAEL HIP-FLORES AND YVONNE PERRY AS ADDITIONAL CELEBRITY PRESENTERS AT THE THIRD ANNUAL INDIE SOAP AWARDS
Winners will be revealed at a live ceremony
on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT


(New York, NY) January 26, 2012 - We Love Soaps reveals second slate of celebrity presenters for the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards.  The ISAs honor the best dramas and comedies in scripted serialized web series.  The winners will be announced in a gala award presentation ceremony at New World Stages in New York, NY, on February 21, 2012.



We Love Soaps is proud to announce the following celebrity presenters:


Michael O'Leary, longtime star of Guiding Light; nominated actor from Steamboat
Yvonne Perry, longtime star of As The World Turns; actress from Empire
Orlagh Cassidy, star of Guiding Light and Another World; nominated actress from Empire
Julie Ann Emery of TV's Damages, ER and Commander in Chief; nominated actress and producer from Then We Got Help!
Karri Bowman of TV's Grounded for Life; nominated actress from Bandwagon
Sebastian La Cause of Broadway's Rocky Horror Show and Chicago; creator and nominated actor from Hustling
Kevin Earley of Broadway's Tale of Two Cities and Thoroughly Modern Millie; actor from Then We Got Help!
Michael Myracle of action films Violent Zone and Delta Force 2; nominated actress from California Heaven
Catherine Frels of The Academy of Classical Acting at George Washington University; nominated actress from Thurston
Anthony Anderson, nominated actor and ISA winner from Anacostia
Rachael Hip-Flores of the new series Good People in Love; nominated actress and ISA winner from Anyone But Me
Rick Dalton, nominated actor from Ragged Isle
Jason Leaver, nominated creator of Out With Dad
Marion Akpan, actress from Anacostia


"We try to keep the focus on their incredible achievements in the web series medium, but it's just impossible to ignore the fact that we're packing the theater with an incredibly talented and accomplished mix of theater stars, indie filmmakers and daytime soap opera (and other!) TV actors," said We Love Soaps founder, Roger Newcomb.  "Moving the show to New World Stages allows us to do something even bigger and better this year.   We even have a surprise or two planned!"


As previously announced, Kristos Andrews (The Bay), Jodi Britton(Sundays), Michael Caruso (DeVanity), John Colella (Vampire Mob), Jillian Clare (Miss Behave), Patrika Darbo (Miss Behave), Dee Freeman (Pretty), Sid Garza-Hillman (Sundays), Michael Taylor Gray (Pretty), Stacy McQueen (Pretty), Forrest Naylor (Sundays) and Alexis Zibolis (DeVanity) will also be presenting awards during the ceremony.


We Love Soaps has been covering the best in serialized programming since 2007 from television to the web.  The Indie Soap Awards, or ISAs, were developed in 2009 to celebrate the best of serialized content developed for the web.   For more information, including all the nominations, visit http://welovesoaps.com/isa


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Kevin Mulcahy Jr. kevin@welovesoaps.com


First Presenters Revealed For 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards

"2012: The Year of the Soap" continues as we announce the first wave of presenters for the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards, to take place Tuesday, February 21 at New World Stages in New York City's Theater District.



These first twelve are all Indie Soap Award nominees - which is not to say that's the only reason we've chosen them. For example, one of the young men is also an X-Games champion with multiple entries in The Guinness Book of World Records. A certain young woman will make her next appearance on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS January 17, possibly demonstrating some of those crazy handgun (.22, .357, .40 & 9mm), knife and Krav Maga skills. And of course, there's the talented actress who also happens to be a registered nurse!... we could go on and on!



On February 21, however, we focus on one genre: the serialized web series, or indie soap. And so, without further ado, our first 13 presenters, and the outstanding indie soap they represent.



Kristos Andrews (THE BAY)

Jodi Britton (SUNDAYS)

Michael Caruso (DEVANITY)

John Colella (VAMPIRE MOB)

Jillian Clare (MISS BEHAVE)

Patrika Darbo (MISS BEHAVE)

Dee Freeman (PRETTY)

Sid Garza-Hillman (SUNDAYS)

Michael Taylor Gray (PRETTY)

Stacy McQueen (PRETTY)

Forrest Naylor (SUNDAYS)

Alexis Zibolis (DEVANITY)



"We couldn't be more thrilled with the excitement this year's ceremony has generated so far," said We Love Soaps founder Roger Newcomb. "This first wave of Award presenters could not be more fascinating, talented, and emblematic of the Indie Soap world, and we can't wait to reveal more exciting news about the ISA's very soon."



The 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards presented by We Love Soaps will honor the best in scripted serialized programming for the web in 2011. Winners in 22 categories will be revealed on February 21, along with the "Fan's Choice" award winner. Voting for the "Fan's Choice" continues until February 13.



Visit IndieSoapAwards.com to view the latest features and news related to this year's celebration of the web.



RELATED:

- NOMINATIONS: 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards

- Fan's Choice Indie Soap of the Year: Vote Until Feb. 13

- Why 2012 Will Be "The Year Of The Soap" (Part 1)

- Why 2012 Will Be "The Year Of The Soap" (Part 2): DARK SHADOWS, RAGGED ISLE, DALLAS, Univision Telenovelas and More

Fan's Choice Indie Soap of the Year: Vote Until Feb. 13

Voting is now open for the "Fan's Choice Indie Soap of the Year" which will be announced at the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards ceremony on February 21. The 20 web series that received the most votes in 2011 in our weekly poll are eligible. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on February 13, 2012.



You may vote once per person.



If you would like to support your favorite show in person, then register to come to come to the four hour Indie Soap Awards party in Manhattan, at New World Stages, on February 21st, 2012. For only $69.95 you can come view the ceremony, meet your favorite stars, and enjoy the open bar! 

Register: $69.99. Enter affiliation and press "Add to Cart." You will be prompted for the number of people in your party and method of payment.



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RELATED:

- NOMINATIONS: 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards

- Why 2012 Will Be "The Year Of The Soap" (Part 1)

- Why 2012 Will Be "The Year Of The Soap" (Part 2): DARK SHADOWS, RAGGED ISLE, DALLAS, Univision Telenovelas and More
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