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.