Streamy Awards Changes To Reflect the Medium They Celebrate
Continuing to reflect the current state of original programming native to online and social video, the 7th Annual Streamy Awards have made the following updates, including:
An expansion of the Branded and Social Good categories, including the establishment of “The Purpose Awards,” which takes place during Streamy week on Sept. 25.
Greater emphasis on original series with the addition of Comedy and Drama Series awards
The removal of gender distinction in the performance categories
Select categories encompassed submissions from creators who distribute video primarily via social media platforms
YouTube personality and filmmaker Casey Neistat and go90’s original series Mr. Student Body President lead with six nominations each. DeStorm Power’s independent drama series Caught, actor, comedian and author Lilly Singh, and Steven Suptic’s breakout show Sugar Pine 7 each garnered four nominations each. The full list of the 7th Annual Streamy Awards nominees is included here.
“The internet has proven time and again that it is the home of the most diverse, engaging group of creative people who not only entertain, but educate and inspire through their meaningful connections to their audiences—and at massive scale," said Streamy Awards founder Drew Baldwin. "With the support of Twitter’s global audience, we’re honored to join the creator community in celebrating the brilliant work of this year's Streamy Awards Nominees."
Winners of the Streamy Awards will be determined by the Streamys Blue Ribbon Panel, a judging body of creators, executives, and other experts in the online video industry. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite nominees in the two Audience Choice categories – Creator of the Year and Show of the Year – leading up to the live show on September 26. Voting will open on September 12 and more information will be made available in the coming weeks.
The live stream of the 6th Annual Streamy Awards garnered over 750,000 views, a 128% increase over the prior year. Additionally, over 6.8MM total votes were cast for the Audience Choice categories at the 6th Annual Streamy Awards, which was an 81% increase from the year prior.
The 2017 Streamy Awards will take place at the iconic Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, September 26 at 9:30PM ET / 6:30PM PT.