IAWTV LA Networking Meetup

Spring is in the air!

Not coincidentally, there's a hive of activity around web series at the end of March -- the LA WebFest runs 3/26-3/30, followed by the Indie Series Awards on 4/2, and the HollyWeb Festival from 4/4-4/6. Perfect time to have a party, right? RIGHT!!

Join the IAWTV for our IAWTV Web Series Celebration Party from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. on Monday, March 31.  It's the ideal time to network with fellow IAWTV members and prospective members, and it also offers the rare and wonderful chance to meet lots of fellow creators who will be in from out of town!

Station Hollywood Bar/Lounge at The W Hollywood Hotel

6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, Los Angeles 90028

Parking: Lot across the street, Valet or Street Parking

Join us! RSVP now! by going to the Events tab and clicking on Meet Up Group

Just For Laughs Teams Up with The International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) For the 2014 Edition of Pitch ’Til Your Sides Split: Web Series Pitch Program

 At the 7th edition of COMEDYPRO from July 24 - 26, 2014

Submission deadline: May 9, 2014 at midnight (PT)


March 11, 2014 [Montreal, PQ]Just for Laughs and the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) today announced a new partnership and initiative to seek out and encourage original comedy web series with the announcement of Pitch Til Your Sides Split, a pitch program for web series creators.

Pitch Til Your Sides Split: Web Series Pitch Program takes place at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO, the conference and industry portion of the annual Montreal Just for Laughs Festival presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec. Presented by the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Pitch Til Your Sides Split: Web Series Pitch Program is THE best place for web series creators to get their best and funniest ideas in front of a panel of top industry professionals.

Submission deadline is May 9, 2014 at midnight (PT).

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is the premier place to pitch to decision-makers in TV and online,says ComedyPROs Director, Paul Ronca. Several of our past pitches are now in production and thats the strongest proof of the programs success.

Were excited to partner with Just For Laughs, and look forward to supporting web series creators through this program,said IAWTV Chairman, J. Sibley Law. For anyone interested in digital entertainment content, now is the time, and this is the place!

Previous winners of the open-form pitch session include last years winners Luck Conrad and Jock Hiltz for One Pair of Underpants; Mark Little and Daniel Beirne (winner of a deal with
Bill & Sons Towing (now in its second season with backing from the Independent Production Fund); and SOS: Save Our Skins (a Canada-UK co-production soon to be released on FEARNET in the US and on BiteTV in Canada).

The pitch competition is open to international applicants ages 18 and over. Submissions to Pitch Til Your Sides Split: Web Series Pitch Program can be made online at http://comedypro.hahaha.com/pitch-your-project/. A non-refundable fee of $45.00 USD must be included with each submission.

Pitch Til Your Sides Split takes place on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Montreal during the 2014 edition of Just for Laughs ComedyPRO.

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO runs from July 24-26, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal. But early registration starts now, with Early Bird prices in effect for industry members (you know who you are) until March 21, 2014 at the ComedyPRO website.

Connect with us socially:

ComedyPRO on Twitter https://twitter.com/JFLComedyPro

IAWTV on Twitter https://twitter.com/iawtv/

#comedypro, #iawtv, #thebusinessoffunny, #webseries

About ComedyPRO:

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen, and in ComedyPROs relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, were all equals!  Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, three-day conference gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances of comedys buzziest podcasts.

About Just For Laughs:

Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has four business units: Festivals, in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago and Sydney; Television ProductionGags seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines and stand-up specials and series; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Louis C.K., The Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour and North American dates for Family Guy Live!; and talent management. The Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival is the world's biggest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming 1.25 million people each summer. The Festival celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2012. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and a small apartment on the Internet.

About IAWTV:

The International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) is a nonprofit organization comprised of leaders in the field of web video, and the digital entertainment industry. Founded in 2009, the IAWTV is helping to shape the rapidly evolving digital entertainment industry while providing a venue for the acknowledgement of artistic and technological achievement in original entertainment distributed on the open internet.

For additional information, contact:

Julie Giles, Publicist

Just for Laughs ComedyPRO

Tel: +1 (416) 878-5328

Email: julie@greenhatdigital.com


The Geekie Awards Receive Over One Billion Media Impressions – 2014 Submissions Open to Indie Creators Worldwide March 1st – May 31st, 2014

2014 Submissions opened March 1st for the 2nd Annual Geekie Awards to honor indie artists, filmmakers and creators from around the world.

The 2013 Geekie Awards 

Mar. 13, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- After receiving over one billion media impressions it’s first year—a record high for any independent award show created outside a major network or studio—The Geekie Awards opened its doors for 2014 submissions on March 1st to a new wave of indie creators.

The Geekie Awards is an award show by geeks for geeks, created by Showrunner and Geek Host Kristen Nedopak to honor the best indie-created entertainment, gaming, art and products in the world. The live broadcast event aims to inspire hope and creativity in up-and-coming creators by giving them the opportunity to receive recognition in front of a worldwide audience and leaders in their respective industries.

Nedopak, who turned the show’s concept into a celebrity- and fan-attended event last August, was as shocked as anyone to have received this level of acknowledgement year one. “I had this crazy little show idea back in 2010, and it manifested into something truly huge and amazing, thanks to the support of this incredible community. To give you an idea of how big one billion media impressions are, San Diego Comic Con receives 1.4 billion impressions each year, which is valued at $15.4 million worth of advertising. After just one year, we're catching up,” comments Nedopak.

The Geekie Awards trademarked hash tag #RUGeekie was the #1 ranked trending topic on Twitter the evening of the event, August 18th, beating out AMC's Breaking Bad and HBO's True Blood season finale. Celebrity guests and presenters include Stan Lee, Seth Green, NASA, Richard Hatch, Grant Imahara, Alison Haislip, Ralph Garmen, Samm Levine and more.

Among last year’s award winner success stories are Ken Pisani, whose Best Comic/Graphic Novel-winning book “Colonus” was picked up by Dark Horse Comics for publishing and was recently featured on the premiere of “The Big Bang Theory.” Legendary Entertainment hired Best Art/Craft winner Alex "The Pumpkin Geek" to carve over 100 pumpkins for a Hollywood premiere, and he’s since then been a featured guest on “Yahoo’s DayTime in No Time” and “Good Day Sacramento.” The nominated game show podcast “What Do You Know?” was swooped up by Jon Lovitz's new YouTube comedy channel. Proof that the show’s mission to help creators was a success.

Submissions for the 2014 show run from March 1st through May 31st. Entry fees will increase each month to prompt early entry. All information regarding submitting for 2014 can be found on the website: http://www.thegeekieawards.com/

2014 categories include: Indie Video Games, Web Series, Short Films, Podcasts/Vlogs, Trailers/Videos, Tabletop Games, Online Personality (hosts, vloggers, comedians), Art/Craft, Comics/Graphic Novel, Cosplay, Fashion/Armor, and Website/Blogs.

The Geekie Awards, in association with Nedopak Productions LLC, would like to acknowledge the 2014 sponsors who have come on board thus far: Soulcake, International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV), IndieFlix, ITV Fest and Cupcake Quarterly Magazine.


About The Geekie Awards:

The Geekie Awards® is an award show by geeks for geeks™, aimed at putting the true geek culture in the spotlight as a collection of valid, respected, award-winning genres for storytelling and creation. In an industry filled with award shows for established celebrities, The Geekie Awards honors talented, independent creators in 12 categories. The Geekies mission is to create a fun, action-packed, unforgettable broadcast event tailored to all of the things we geeks love: entertainment, gaming, products and art—delivered via the latest digital technologies. ‘The Geekie Awards’ is a registered trademark of Nedopak Productions, LLC.

Additional information about The Geekie Awards is available at: www.TheGeekieAwards.com  |http://twitter.com/TheGeekieAwards #RUGeekie  |  https://www.facebook.com/TheGeekieAwards

Quick Facts: http://www.thegeekieawards.com/quick-facts/
2013 Show Photos:  http://www.thegeekieawards.com/images/
2013 Show Videos: http://www.thegeekieawards.com/videos/2013-winners/



Melanie Marquez, Sr. Publicist
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