This will be the first year the International Press Academy for the Satellite Award will recognize exceptional web content and EastSiders -- the quick witted, LGBT-savvy series -- made the cut!
Refresher: The show follows a gay couple struggling with infidelity in Los Angeles. The first two episodes debuted on YouTube last December. The first season was successfully funded via Kickstarer in just four days, and the remaining episodes premiered on LogoTV.com and Viacom.
Upon hearing the exciting news, EastSiders' creator, Kit Williamson, said:
"I think it's amazing that the International Press Academy has added a category recognizing web series this year. It's a huge step forward for digital content creators and I'm honored to be a part of the inaugural class of digital nominees. EastSiders started out as a labor of love -- I just wanted to make a show I'd want to watch, with gay characters I could relate to -- and when I put the first episode on youtube last December I never expected the show to attract the attention of Logo, much less to be recognized by the International Press Academy. It's especially exciting to be nominated alongside such an amazing lineup of shows."
EastSiders will be included in the Original Short-Format Category alongside High Maintenance, Burning Love, Ask A Slave, Little Horribles, Blue, #Just Saying,#SamoKazem, and Ghost Girls. Check out all of the 2013 nominees.
Watch (or rewatch) EastSiders here and keep your ears open on March 9th when the winners will be announced.