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Pre-Awards Show -- Craft Panels

  • Skirball Cultural Centter 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90049 U.S.A (map)

Craft Panels
Announcing the inaugural Craft Panel event in conjunction with our 6th Annual IAWTV Awards on August 24. On the morning of the awards, we will host two craft panels in the Haas Conference Center at the Skirball Cultural Center discussing relevant digital topics and featuring studio executives and top digital producers

Your ticket gives you access to both panels. Tickets are LIMITED

Panel Moderator: Sandra Payne, Vice-Chair of the IAWTV
 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Check-In, Continental Breakfast and Networking
10 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m.
Craft Panel #1 – Turning Your Web Series Into a Career:
You have stories to tell! The web series has opened the door for indie creators to tell their stories while building a fan base and polishing their skills. When you start your career online, how do you build it into a long-term living? Can you stay independent? What’s the process of using it as a calling card for your work?


Alex LeMay: has created and produced web series for Disney, YouTube Red, MSN and Go90 and Universal Studios. He recently sold web series to Sony Pictures, for Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy/Oz: The Great and Powerful/Evil Dead) and Joshua Donen (House of Cards, Social Network). He’s produced multiple web series for large brands like Starbucks, Toyota and Verizon.

Allison Vanore:  an Emmy-nominated producer and Head of Production for Canvas Media Studios where she’s produced series including the drama Vanity for Stylehaul and Maybelline and fashion competition show Wear It To Win It on Facebook Watch for MGM. She’s also produced over a dozen independent and noteworthy web series, most recently IAWTV Awards nominees After Forever and Whatta Lark.

Additional Panelists To Be Announced

11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Craft Panel #2 – Taking it to the Next Level: A Talk with Platforms Looking for Your Work
So you’ve been busy building a name for yourself now you want to branch out from the independent life and/or find another way to get your stories out into the world.  Where do you go? Who do you talk to? We have answers!

Executive TBA from Warner Bros. Digital Networks / Stage 13

Erick Opeka, EVP, Digital Networks, Cinedigm
Erick Opeka directly oversees the distribution and growth of the company’s digital-first channels, focusing on user experience, infrastructure design, and operational execution. Opeka has spearheaded the launch of the network’s digital-first channels, from the faith-based Dove Channel, to the fandom-centered CONtv, 24/7 martial arts channel COMBAT GO, and the documentary-dedicated network Docurama. He is currently launching Cinedigm’s Asian/K-pop music lifestyle channel HALLYPOP, as well as other affinity channels that are planned for a future date.

Clay Pruitt, Head of Programming, Seed & Spark
Clay Pruitt began his film & TV career at the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program and went on to work with Outfest Los Angeles, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, AFM, and the Film Independent / US State Department partnered program, Global Media Makers. During his time at WME, Pruitt worked in the Motion Picture Literary department focusing on developing and packaging independent films. As a writer/producer, Pruitt has worked with a number of emerging and established filmmakers developing a range of film and episodic projects. Pruitt is currently the Head of Programming for Seed&Spark’s streaming platform.

12:20 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Concluding remarks and networking

For tickets (Discounts for Nominees and IAWTV Members, please email