For the past five years, the Writers Guild of America has honored superlative web series through its Short Form New Media category. This year, the WGA chose to honor a series often regarded as the web’s best. It handed out its Short Form New Media award to High Maintenance, the Vimeo web series created by Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld.
High Maintenance, which stars Sinclair as a pot dealer who interacts with his eclectic roster of clients, first hit the web in 2012. Since then, it has achieved widespread critical acclaim. The show’s popularity led Vimeo to fund six new episodes, which are now available on Vimeo On Demand for $1.99 each or $7.99 for all six. Beyond those installments, 13 more free ones are also available on High Maintenance‘s Vimeo channel.
The WGA win adds another triumph to High Maintenance‘s already-impressive list of plaudits. At the end of 2014, both LA Weekly and Paste Magazine named it as their #1 web series of the year. To celebrate their most recent victory, Sinclair and Blichfeld offered up a celebratory tweet.
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WE WON! @ThisBenSinclair: @KBlichfeld @kblichfeld and I won a WGA award for RACHEL pic.twitter.com/GBecfF6Ntg”
— High Maintenance (@HMwebseries) February 15, 2015
This year, the other four nominees in the WGA’s New Media category were Vicky and Lysander, F to 7th, Bad Shorts, and Caper. The previous four winners of the award were Anyone But Me in 2011, Aim High in 2012, Jack in a Box in 2013, and Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective in 2014.
A full list of WGA Award winners, spanning film, TV, and new media, can be found on the Guild’s official website.