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The International Academy of Web Television Awards live tonight from CES

IAWTV Awards logo 2012

IAWTV Awards, live from Las Vegas tonight

The inaugural IAWTV Awards will be broadcast live on YouTube from the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas tonight. This is a significant step forward for web television and web TV, and I am looking forward both to finding out who the winners are tonight, and what staging the Awards at CES will bring to the community afterwards. It will be interesting to see what the media outside the web TV space – the tech bloggers and the like – make of the Awards, too.

Our video production company, HigletFilms, does not have any nominations this year, but we will be tuning in to watch the show on the IAWTV YouTube channel. If you want to know more about web TV, webseries and new media, this event should give you a real taste of where the industry is at the moment. Best of luck to all the nominees!

Ackernon and HigletFilms at VCON 36

Angela Aro as Petrina in Border Guardians of Ackernon at VCON 36

Angela Aro as Petrina from 'Border Guardians of Ackernon', at VCON 36

What an exciting weekend! For the second year running we attended VCON, Vancouver’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention, but this time not only did we have a stall on Artist’s Alley, we ran three panels AND started filming for a new documentary about webseries we are producing with Wolf’s Head Productions. Border Guardians of Ackernon was well represented with Paul Best and Angela Aro in attendance. Angela won first place in the ‘Media’ category of the Cosplay Masquerade with her stunning ‘Petrina’ costume, so congratulations to Angela and Laura Olsen, costume designer.

Warren Freyburg – @freyburg: videographer, journalist, geek – has posted a video of the webseries panel at VCON – (thank you for posting it so quickly, Warren):

The panel, from left to right, was:

Vanessa Driveness (Associate Producer/Costume Designer/Marketing & PR Manger, Standard Action)
Joanna Gaskell (Writer/Creator/Actor, Standard Action)
Mary Higgins (Writer/Creator/Actor, Mind My Brains, Darling! & Marketing, Border Guardians of Ackernon)
Josephine Hoy (Producer, Glitch)
Ralph Fontaine (Assistant Director/Producer, Causality)
Anna Julia (Assistant Director/Producer, Causality)
Paul Best (Writer/Director, Border Guardians of Ackernon)
Angela Aro (Actor, Border Guardians of Ackernon)

Thanks to the whole panel who really showed the passion, creativity and professionalism that abounds in the webseries world. And thanks also to the audience, who asked some probing questions. One big surprise was the number of people who watched webseries – a very encouraging response from the audience.

This weekend we are in Seattle for Geek Girl Con, where we will be filming more for our webseries documentary and enjoying some serious geek time. On Saturday I will be taking part in the ‘Women in Webseries’ panel and I’m very happy to announce that Jane Espenson will be joining the panel to talk about her new webseries, Husbands. More on that soon!

Season 1 Launch and Awards ceremony for ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’

Border Guardians of Ackernon new poster

New poster for ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’

This weekend Paul Best and Laura Olsen will be in Las Vegas to accept the Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival for the 2010 DVD release of ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon: This Ain’t Kansas’. This is the second award the DVD has won, having won the Accolade Award for Merit in 2010.

 

Ackernon street scene

A street scene from ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’

Following the success of the DVD release, they decided to film more of their epic story in the form of a webseries, and ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon: The University’ will be be released weekly startingJuly 19th. We have been working hard on the Ackernon.com website and you will find a huge amount about the series, the people behind it and the production. There is also a competition where you can win a signed copy of their award-winning DVD. The Season 1 trailer is below:

 

 

Set in Ackernon, a mythical kingdom protected by magical wards, this fantasy webseries follows the lives, loves and battles of Mistress Galiene and her students at the University as they defend against Ackernon’s ancient foe The Pert, and struggle with new threats to the kingdom. The story is epic and is classic fantasy filled with strong characters, a richly-imagined empire and breath-taking fight scenes.

Tavern fight in Ackernon

Tavern fight from ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’

Find out more:

Website: Ackernon.com

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ackernonweb

On Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ackernon

On Blip.tv: http://blip.tv/ackernon