8th Annual Indie Series Awards Winners

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The winners of the 8th Annual Indie Series Awards were announced on Wednesday, April 5 at The Colony Theatre. The Bay took home five awards, including Best Web Series – Drama, while Fame Dogs was named Best Web Series – Comedy. The ceremony was hosted by EastSiders producers and stars John Halbach and Kit Williamson.

Since 2009, the Indie Series Award has honored the most creative and progressive talent in independent web series.

Check out the complete list of winners below.

BEST WEB SERIES – DRAMA
The Bay

BEST DIRECTING – DRAMA
Rob Raffety
Muck

BEST WRITING – DRAMA
Todd Flaherty
Undetectable

BEST LEAD ACTOR – DRAMA
Todd Flaherty
Undetectable

BEST LEAD ACTRESS – DRAMA
Monica West
Best Thing You'll Ever Do

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – DRAMA
Steven Lim
People Like Us

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – DRAMA
Lindsey Middleton
Out With Dad

BEST GUEST ACTOR – DRAMA
Tremayne Norris
Anacostia

BEST GUEST ACTRESS – DRAMA
Carolyn Hennesy
The Bay

BEST ENSEMBLE – DRAMA
The Bay

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Travis Edwards
Muck

BEST MAKEUP
Ren Bray
The Bay

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Sarah Asaly
The Bay

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Miles Ito
Here We Wait

BEST SOUNDTRACK
Matt Dahan
Break: The Musical

BEST WEB SERIES – COMEDY
Fame Dogs

BEST DIRECTING – COMEDY
Pablo Camaití
Boy Scauts

BEST WRITING – COMEDY
Kerry Harris & Andrew Burlinson
Grip and Electric

BEST LEAD ACTOR – COMEDY
Morgan Waters
The Amazing Gayl Pile

BEST LEAD ACTRESS – COMEDY
Liz Days
Plant: The Second Coming

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – COMEDY
Sam LeGassick
Rich Keeble Vanity Project

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – COMEDY
Jill Knox
Keith Broke His Leg

BEST GUEST ACTOR – COMEDY
Drew Droege
#Adulting

BEST GUEST ACTRESS – COMEDY
Emma Thompson
High Road

BEST ENSEMBLE – COMEDY
Fame Dogs

BEST EDITING
Morgan Waters
The Amazing Gayl Pile

BEST SPECIAL/VISUAL EFFECTS
Mike Barnett
The Shades

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Keriann Correia (tie)
Working on It

Vanessa Fischer
The Amazing Gayl Pile

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"I Can't Make You Love Me"
#Adulting
Katie McGhie

Kit Williamson and John Halbach to Host 8th Annual Indie Series Awards

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Kit Williamson and John Halbach to Host 8th Annual Indie Series Awards

EastSiders Producers and Stars Return to ISAs Stage on April 5, 2017

HOLLYWOOD, CA – March 23, 2017 - Multi-hyphenate artists and filmmakers Kit Williamson and John Halbach will host the Indie Series Awards, producers Roger Newcomb, Kevin Mulcahy Jr. and Susan Bernhardt announced today. The 8th Annual ISAs ceremony moves to The Colony Theatre on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 8:00 PM PT.

“Kit and John can do it all, and we are excited to have them return to the Indie Series Awards stage, this time as hosts,” said Newcomb, Mulcahy Jr. and Bernhardt. “They will no doubt do a phenomenal job.”

"We are so excited to be hosting the ISAs," said Williamson and Halbach. "It's a great event for content creators to come together and celebrate their work over the last year and we are honored to welcome everyone to a very special night."

The ISAs celebrate the best in independently produced scripted entertainment created for the Web. In total, 48 series from around the world are nominated in 29 categories.

John Halbach and Kit Williamson are actors, internet entrepreneurs and husbands, best known as the producers and stars of the Emmy-nominated LGBT web series EastSiders. The series is now available on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Fullscreen, and distributed on DVD and VOD by Wolfe Video. John and Kit both began their careers acting on Broadway before turning their sights to the web, and are now documenting their adventures as newlyweds with an ongoing travel series for Out Magazine.

Kit Williamson played the role of Ed Gifford on the final two seasons of Mad Men and can currently be seen alongside Chris Hardwick in a national campaign for Comcast Xfinity. In addition to writing, directing and starring in EastSiders, Kit has sold pilots to CBS and Super Deluxe. He is also a travel writer and gay rights activist who has written for The Advocate, Out Magazine, Out Traveler, The Huffington Post Queer Voices, The Fight Magazine, Indiewire and The Jackson Free Press. He is also the co-founder of Brooklyn Web Fest and Content Creator Conference, now in its third year.

John Halbach is an actor, producer and social media expert with an advertising agency background, whose clients have included: Fun Home, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disney on Ice, Disney Live, Marvel Universe Live, Rituals Skincare, Chef Chris Santos, The Empire Hotel, Fusion TV and The History Channel.

John and Kit are the co-owners of Go Team Entertainment, a production company and digital strategy agency whose clients include HarperColins, MGM Resorts, Key West Tourism, Out Magazine/Here Media, AHF, Freixenet, Audi, Parke and Ronen and numerous Broadway shows and digital series.

The couple resides in Silver Lake with their cat Albee, and you can follow them at @kitwilliamson and @johnhalbach. Al doesn’t have his own Instagram, but he is heavily featured on his dad’s accounts, much to his annoyance.

Since 2009, the Indie Series Award has honored the most creative and progressive talent in independent web series.

The 8th Annual Indie Series Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at The Colony Theatre in Burbank at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET.

To find out more about the Indie Series Awards, visit indieseriesawards.com.

2017 Indie Series Awards Moving to The Colony Theatre

2017 Indie Series Awards Moving to Colony Theatre

Awards in 29 Categories to be Presented on April 5

NEW YORK, NY, February 18, 2017 – The Indie Series Awards are coming to Burbank on April 5, 2017. The Red Carpet Gala will be held at The Colony Theatre, which has long been a vibrant center of Los Angeles theatre life.

The Indie Series Awards, honoring the best in independently produced, scripted entertainment created for the Web, first began in 2009.

“We are so excited to bring the Indie Series Awards to this extraordinary venue,” said Roger Newcomb, founder of the Indie Series Awards. “There's not a bad seat in the house, and the space offers us several new and fun possibilities for the ceremony, including the performances of the six Best Original Song nominees."

Barbara Beckley Artistic Director of The Colony Theatre stated, “It is an honor to be hosting this important and prestigious awards show recognizing the best and brightest in New Media. Director of Development, Heather Provost, added, "It's exactly the kind of fresh and innovative event we want to see in our theatre."

On February 1, a total of 48 series from around the world were nominated for Indie Series Awards in 29 categories.

Tickets for "ISA8" are currently on sale through Eventbrite.

ISA8 Best Original Song Nominees

When the nominees for the 8th Annual Indie Series Awards were revealed on February 1st, seven songs were recognized in the Best Original Song category. Check them out below.

"I Can't Make You Love Me" from #Adulting by Katie McGhie (starts at 10:47)


"Save The Fur" from The Bhama Show by Bhama Roget


"Shut In" from The Bhama Show by Bhama Roget


"Just At The Start" from Break: The Musical by Matt Dahan and Mary Bonney (starts at 4:02)


"Print" from Break: The Musical by Matt Dahan (starts at 2:20)


"My 'So-Called' Co-Star Life" from My "So-Called" Co Star Life by Andre Boyer


"Loaded" from Or So the Story Goes by Judith Avers (starts at 8:22)


8th Annual Indie Series Awards Nominations

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 8th ANNUAL INDIE SERIES AWARDS

29 Categories Honor Social Relevance, Artistic Merit, Excellence in Craft

NEW YORK, NY, February 1, 2017
– The nominations for the 8th Annual Indie Series Awards were revealed on Wednesday, February 1. The ISAs celebrate the best in independently produced scripted entertainment created for the Web. Nominations were announced in 29 categories.

The Bay led all series with 21 total nominations. The show will compete in the Best Web Series - Drama category with Best Thing You'll Ever Do, Lemmings, Muck, Out With Dad, People Like Us, Rumuvi and Undetectable.

The Amazing Gayl Pile led all comedies with 16 nominations. The series is joined in the Best Web Series - Comedy field by #Adulting, Break: The Musical, Fame Dogs, Grip and Electric, High Road, Keith Broke His Leg and The Pioneers.

The Bay and The Amazing Gayl Pile each broke the previous record of 13 total nominations.

In all, there are 48 nominated series from around the globe: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. Crystal trophies will be presented to the winners during a gala ceremony on April 5 in Los Angeles. The two-day celebration includes a launch party, red carpet reception, press walk, presentation ceremony and official after party.

Since 2009, the Indie Series Award has honored the most creative and progressive talent in independent web series.

The Annual Indie Series Awards is an initiative to elevate the entire indie series genre, organized by the nonprofit Indie Series Network. All proceeds from entry fees, ticket sales, program ads, etc. are reinvested in the production of the event. ISA8 is produced by New Comb Interactive (Crown Heights, Brooklyn) in cooperation with the Indie Series Network (IndieSeriesNetwork.org) and media partner Serial Scoop.

The nominees are:

Best Web Series — Comedy
#Adulting
The Amazing Gayl Pile
Break: The Musical
Fame Dogs
Grip and Electric
High Road
Keith Broke His Leg
The Pioneers

Best Web Series — Drama
The Bay
Best Thing You'll Ever Do
Lemmings
Muck
Out With Dad
People Like Us
Rumuvi
Undetectable

Best Directing — Comedy
Pablo Camaití, Boy Scauts
Kerry Harris, Grip and Electric
Justin Harwood, High Road
Andrew Nielson, Plant: The Second Coming
Morgan Waters & Brooks Gray, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Ben Wright Smith & Ted Day, The Pioneers

Best Writing — Comedy
Sylvia Batey Alcalá, Fame Dogs
Kerry Harris & Andrew Burlinson, Grip and Electric
Justin Harwood, High Road
Andrew Nielson & David Lavine, Plant: The Second Coming
Keith Powell, Keith Broke His Leg
Morgan Waters & Brooks Gray, The Amazing Gayl Pile

Best Lead Actor — Comedy
Ben Baur, #Adulting
Andrew Burlinson, Grip and Electric
Will Farrell, The Other Will Farrell
Mark Mitchinson, High Road
Keith Powell, Keith Broke His Leg
Morgan Waters, The Amazing Gayl Pile

Best Lead Actress — Comedy
Sylvia Batey Alcalá, Fame Dogs
Meredith Bishop, Grip and Electric
Mary Bonney, Break: The Musical
Liz Days, Plant: The Second Coming
Anna Jaller, Right Hand Man
Bhama Roget, The Bhama Show

Best Supporting Actor — Comedy
Adam Henry Garcia, The Chief
Brooks Gray, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Andy King, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Sam LeGassick, Rich Keeble Vanity Project
Jon Lindstrom, Gridlocked
Manuel Urrego, Right Hand Man

Best Supporting Actress — Comedy
Candelaria Casal, Boy Scauts
Inessa Frantowski, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Jill Knox, Keith Broke His Leg
Renee Olstead, Grip and Electric
Lin Shaye, Grip and Electric
Natalie Sutherland, Fame Dogs

Best Guest Actor — Comedy
Jon Daly, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Drew Droege, #Adulting
Nic Few, Keith Broke His Leg
Jack McBrayer, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Damion Poitier, F'd
Greg Wise, High Road

Best Guest Actress — Comedy
Jillian Clare, Fame Dogs
Johanna Day, The Pioneers
Liz Ellis, The Bhama Show
Sas Goldberg, He's With Me
June Diane Raphael, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Emma Thompson, High Road

Best Ensemble — Comedy
The Amazing Gayl Pile
F'd
Fame Dogs
Grip and Electric
He's With Me
Plant: The Second Coming

Best Directing — Drama
Catherine Fordham, Best Thing You'll Ever Do
Leon Cheo, People Like Us
Jason Leaver, Out With Dad
Gregori J. Martin, The Bay
Rob Raffety, Muck
Sam T. Wilson, Undetectable

Best Writing — Drama
Katie Adams & Jay Moon, At Bay
Monica West, Best Thing You'll Ever Do
Brett Andres, Lemmings
Rob Raffety, Muck
Gregori J. Martin & Wendy Riche, The Bay
Todd Flaherty, Undetectable

Best Lead Actor — Drama
Anthony Anderson, Anacostia
Danny Gavigan, Muck
Sean-Michael Bowles, Lemmings
Jonathan Robbins, Out With Dad
Kristos Andrews, The Bay
Todd Flaherty, Undetectable

Best Lead Actress — Drama
Kate Conway, Out With Dad
Mary Beth Evans, The Bay
Rachael Fox, Here We Wait
Lilly Melgar, The Bay
Monica West, Best Thing You'll Ever Do
Ellen Woods, At Bay

Best Supporting Actor — Drama
Matthew Ashford, The Bay
Nicolas Coster, The Bay
Andrew Glaszek, Undetectable
Christian Leadley, Here We Wait
Steven Lim, People Like Us
Jerreme Rodriguez, Undetectable

Best Supporting Actress — Drama
Marion A. Akpan, Anacostia
Jade Harlow, The Bay
Lauren B. Martin, Pride: The Series
Lindsey Middleton, Out With Dad
Myra Lucretia Taylor, Best Thing You'll Ever Do
Karrueche Tran, The Bay

Best Guest Actor — Drama
Brandon Beemer, The Bay
Tony Head, Pride: The Series
Tremayne Norris, Anacostia
Dan Stern, Lemmings
Scott Turner Schofield, Pride: The Series
Kevin Spirtas, The Bay

Best Guest Actress — Drama
Patrika Darbo, The Bay
Melissa Disney, Pride: The Series
Carolyn Hennesy, The Bay
Whitney Hoy, Pride: The Series
Elizabeth Hubbard, Anacostia
Kym Whitley, The Bay

Best Ensemble — Drama
Anacostia
Back Stabber
The Bay
Out With Dad
Starting From Now
Undetectable

Best Production Design
Sarah Asaly, The Bay
Jill Knox, Keith Broke His Leg
Rosalie Mackintosh, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Charlie "Chaspooley" Robinson, Here We Wait
Scott Michael Salame, Pride: The Series
Elba Sette-Camara, The Sessions

Best Costume Design
Keriann Correia, Working on It
Vanessa Fischer, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Adam Henry Garcia & Mike Perlman, The Chief
Virginia Hemstreet, The Pantsless Detective
Marquita Lopez, The Bay
Mari Viera, Boy Scauts

Best Special/Visual Effects
Mike Barnett, The Shades
Dipu Bhattacharya, The Pantsless Detective
Robert Chapin, The Hunted: Encore
Jamie Dickinson, Here We Wait
Bernardo Schnitzler, Guido Ferro & Vero Gatti, Psychosomatic

Best Makeup
George Barr, Roads to Keystone
Jessica Panetta, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Lora Lee, Anacostia
Ren Bray, The Bay
Tanya Cabral, Unconditional Love
Alondra Shields, Gridlocked

Best Soundtrack
Judith Avers, Or So the Story Goes
Marcus Thorne Bagala, The Hunted: Encore
Matt Dahan, Break: The Musical
B.J. Maier, Diddlisquat
Mike Mason, Fame Dogs
Carolyn Richardson, Funny Married Stuff

Best Original Song
"I Can't Make You Love Me" from #Adulting by Katie McGhie
"Save The Fur" from The Bhama Show by Bhama Roget
"Shut In" from The Bhama Show by Bhama Roget
"Just At The Start" from Break: The Musical by Matt Dahan and Mary Bonney
"Print" from Break: The Musical by Matt Dahan
"My 'So-Called' Co-Star Life" from My "So-Called" Co Star Life by Andre Boyer
"Loaded" from Or So the Story Goes by Judith Avers

Best Editing
Christopher Datugan, People Like Us
Neil Fennell, Ghost Light
Matthew Kreiner, Lemmings
Bernardo Schnitzler & Guido Ferro, Psychosomatic
Jeremy Snyder & Tiffany Petitt, The Bay
Morgan Waters, The Amazing Gayl Pile

Best Cinematography
Colin Bryant, Classic Hollywood
Travis Edwards, Muck
Henry Sansom, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Logan Schneider, Grip and Electric
Matthias Schubert, The Bay
Looi Wan Ping, People Like Us

Best Original Score
Jonathan M. Roe, The Pantsless Detective
Massimo Sammi, Zeroes
Matt Dahan, Break: The Musical
Michael Bahnmiller, Afterlife
Miles Ito, Here We Wait
Tiffany Topol, Best Thing You'll Ever Do

Toal Series Nominations
21 The Bay
16 The Amazing Gayl Pile
9 Grip and Electric
7 Fame Dogs
7 Undetectable
6 Anacostia
6 Best Thing You'll Ever Do
6 Break: The Musical
6 High Road
6 Keith Broke His Leg
6 Out With Dad
6 Pride: The Series
5 Here We Wait
5 Lemmings
5 Muck
5 People Like Us
4 #Adulting
4 The Bhama Show
4 Plant: The Second Coming
3 Boy Scauts
3 The Pantsless Detective
3 The Pioneers
2 At Bay
2 The Chief
2 F'd
2 Gridlocked
2 He's With Me
2 The Hunted: Encore
2 Or So the Story Goes
2 Psychosomatic
2 Right Hand Man
1 Afterlife
1 Back Stabber
1 Classic Hollywood
1 Diddlisquat
1 Funny Married Stuff
1 Ghost Light
1 My "So-Called" Co Star Life
1 The Other Will Farrell
1 Rich Keeble Vanity Project
1 Roads to Keystone
1 Rumuvi
1 The Sessions
1 The Shades
1 Starting From Now
1 Unconditional Love
1 Working on It
1 Zeroes

Best Comedy & Drama Categories Expand to 8 Nominees for 8th Annual Indie Series Awards

The Indie Series Awards are expanding the number of nominees in the Best Web Series — Comedy and Best Web Series — Drama categories from six to eight.

Indie Series Network director Kevin Mulcahy Jr. advocated for the change, hoping it would allow additional recognition for some of the fantastic independently produced series that have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize in the past.

"The ISAs are a labor of love for our entire staff, who volunteer their time," Mulcahy explains. "A lot of hard work goes into putting on the ceremony every April, but nothing is harder than the process of narrowing down the hundreds of actors, writers, directors and other crew members when the six nominees are determined."

Indie Series Awards founder Roger Newcomb agrees.

"Every year in early February we announce the six nominees in each category," he says, "and there have been numerous times when a web series we loved placed 7th or 8th in multiple categories, but ended up being completely shut out of the nominations, or barely recognized. I know there have been times when a creator watched the nominee announcement, and went away thinking we must not have liked their show or a performance, when nothing could be further from the truth."

The expansion will allow four additional series to be introduced to the audience during the 8th Annual Indie Series Awards ceremony.

"It may seem like a small change," Newcomb adds, "but we are determined to keep finding ways to recognize even more shows on the night all indie web series are celebrated. Nominated or not, we hope all the brilliant artists who brought these wonderful stories to life at our two-day celebration in April. Once again, we have been blown away by the creativity and execution of the series submitted from all over the world."

Founded in 2009, the Indie Series Awards celebrate the best in independently produced, scripted entertainment created for the Web.

More big changes for this year's ISAs are in the works, and will be announced in the coming days.

The nominees in 29 categories will be revealed on Wednesday, February 1st. The time of the announcement will be posted at IndieSeriesAwards.com on Monday. Join us Wednesday on Twitter to discuss the nominations, and be sure to use hashtag #ISA8 so everyone can follow the discussion.


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