Australian online series nominated for Streamy Awards

Australian web series PrisonPals has been nominated for two awards at the third Annual Streamy Awards, recognising the best in online video series from around the world.

The series is nominated for Best Comedy Series and Best International Series. The awards are produced by Dick Clark productions, the company behind the Golden Globe Awards and the American Music Awards.

The announcement:

Two Melbourne film makers, Jackson Juliani and Tim Stone, celebrate their criminally insane web series – PrisonPals – as it goes up for nomination at the 3rd Annual Streamy Awards in Los Angeles.

Prisonpals, is nominated for the Best Comedy Series and Best International series alongside Hollywood web series Burning Love whose executive co-producer is Ben Stiller with funding from Yahoo; The Lizzie Bennet Diaries written by past multi-award winning Streamy writers and producers; YouTube’s #1 channel SMOSH; and the Google funded narrative series MyMusic.

Filmed in Geelong, Victoria, Prisonpals follows a group of prisoners as they participate in a controversial online rehabilitation program, unintentionally enraging, engaging, and ultimately entertaining the general public. The series launched on October 30, 2012 and was accompanied by a live broadcast of prisoners direct from solitary confinement.

Prisonpals co-creator, Jackson Juliani said: “Four years of our blood, sweat and jail talk has paid off and we couldn’t be happier!”

The Streamy Awards are presented at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday, and celebrate online entertainment in over 30 categories. The awards will be attended by fans and key industry players alike, and produced by Dick Clark productions, the company behind the Golden Globe Awards and the American Music Awards.

Other nominees for Best Comedy Series and Best International Series also include Channel 4 UK project Live in Chelsea, Travel Story, MxM – Mexico Around The World, and Visto Bueno.

Nominees in other categories include H+ The Digital Series produced by Brian Singer (The Usual Suspects and the X-Men films) and distributed by Warner Brothers Digital Distribution. Tom Hanks’ animated series Electric City, published through Yahoo! has also been nominated, as well as popular web series’ My Drunk Kitchen and DailyGrace.

Watch the complete PrisonPals series online at www.prisonpals.tv and then tune in to the Streamy Awards on February 17, streamed live to audiences worldwide.

PrisonPals has been developed with the assistance of the Courthouse Arts Geelong artist in residency program, Film Victoria, the City of Greater Geelong, ABC TV, and Pozible Crowd Funding. Tim and Jackson have a studio at ArtDECL in Northcote, Melbourne.

Source: PrisonPals press release

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