Streamy AwardsIf you haven’t realized what’s happening yet in entertainment, then you better study up quick. Years from now we’ll all look back to 2008 and realize that this was the year that everything changed. This was the year it all came together—the podcasters, the video bloggers, the filmmakers, the comedy troupes—all united under one banner. This was the year Web Television finally arrived.

The gentle revolution that began as a trickle has become a roaring stream. (Yeah, I just went there.) Suddenly there’s a whole new playing field, one that puts big studio series competing against small indie productions for the scarcest of all resources in entertainment: the public’s attention.

Today as we announce the official nominees for the 1st Annual Streamy Awards, we can’t help but stand in awe over what this all means. Where else can you get a heated race between Lisa Kudrow and Felicia Day, or Rosario Dawson and Jessica Rose, or how about Tay Zonday and Eva Longoria Parker?

Neil Patrick Harris in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along BlogThe first round of selections from the 90-member International Academy of Web Television is complete, and the nominees in 24 categories, honoring 2008’s best in episodic web series, are now official.

Some surprises appear on the list, along with some multi-nomination nods from heavyweights like Joss Whedon’s summer sitebuster Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog which racked up nods in nine categories including Best Comedy Web Series and Best Original Music. Other series snagging multiple noms from the Academy included indie sci-fi thriller After Judgment, TheWB.com’s Childrens’ Hospital, Rev3’s Diggnation and Felicia Day’s gamer hit The Guild.

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF OFFICIAL STREAMY AWARDS NOMINEES

The coveted Audience Choice Award finalists will be announced on Monday March 16th, allowing you to vote on your favorite from amongst the ten top submitted web series. The matchup is going to be web-epic, and I can tell you it’s anyone’s game. So be ready to vote!

We would like to thank our friends and co-hosts at TilzyTV and NewTeeVee and of course our presenting sponsors Kodak and Episodic for having the foresight to support this incredible event.

Kodak and Episodic - Presenting sponsors

March 28th, 2009 — 7:30 PM

Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Watch the Streamys LIVE online on the 28th at Streamys.org!

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