Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5th Annual Indie Series Awards: Best Guest Star - Comedy & Best Guest Star - Drama

(L to R): Lisa Gifford, Jane Espenson and Richard Cutting.
The 5th Annual Indie Series Awards were held on April 2, 2014 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Lisa Gifford (3some) and Richard Cutting (Milgram and the Fastwalkers) presented the awards for Best Guest Star - Comedy and Best Guest Star - Drama. When Amy Acker (Husbands) was announced as the Comedy winner, ISA5 host Carolyn Hennesy (Single Siblings), also nominated, ran on the stage and stole the award! The stage manager and trophy girl Cherish Lee were able to wrestle the award away from Hennesy and give it to Jane Espenson, who accepted on Acker's behalf. Next, Charlene Tilton (DeVanity) wins in the Drama category, and is given the award by Cherish Lee, her daughter.

Watch it all happen in the highlight clip below:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

5th Annual Indie Series Awards Opening Monologue by Carolyn Hennesy (Video)


General Hospital star Carolyn Hennesy hosted the 5th Annual Indie Series Awards on April 2, 2014, at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. She was funny, as expected, but also inspiring, with an opening monologue that celebrated the indie web series community. Watch (and read) what Hennesy had to say below. FYI: The monologue was written entirely by her.



Ladies and gentlemen, Madames et Mssrs., Damen un Herren...welcome to the 5th Annual Indie Series Awards.

Before we get fully underway (and I can no longer control you hooligans,) I want to introduce this evening's ISA trophy girl: recording artist, actress, and the daughter of the beautiful Charlene Tilton, who is a nominee here. Charlene, where are you? Please welcome to the stage the gorgeous Cherish Lee.

That's what we call a slow-walking dress. Charlene, lovely work. And for all you fellas at the After Party, no handsies.

Why is this night important to everyone...not just the nominees...but everyone here? Because tonight we not only celebrate last year's finest achievements, but also all of us who might not...yet...be on the fast track to Spielberg or Streep or Cruise stardom, but
know that we have something unique, special and wonderful to share with the world.

And to that end, we are not sitting home whimpering and waiting for the phone to ring...we are out there...

...CALLING in favors and doing favors,

...STAYING up later to hours we didn't know existed and getting up before dawn.

...MAXING out our credit cards and calling mom and dad

...GOING without our own lunches because catering ran a little short and we want the crew eats

...SHOOTING day for night with a blackout curtain and some duct tape

...CASTING our girlfriends or boyfriends, not casting our girlfriends or boyfriends and bringing down a rein of holy hell

...THANKING our mothers for making 8 pans of lasagna and thanking our fathers for letting us hold the cast party at our parentʼs house and for providing the beer.

...PULLING the shirt off the DP because the lead actor forgot he was acting in front of a green screen and showed up in a polo shirt the color of asparagus,

...FORGING lasting friendships, eliminatingothers that...well, if they didnʼt understand what we are all about and what we are trying to do then they probably werenʼt our friends in the first place

...AND DEALING bravely with the five million other...setbacks... compromises...fix-it-in-post...didnʼt need it anyway...yes, you can change that line...what do you mean the camera truck is stuck in traffic?...I know we donʼt have a permit, weʼll just shoot until the cops come...YES, I can make two potted palms and a cat-box look like a beach on Maui... BULLCRAP...

...BECAUSE we are the little engines that can and the rebels with a cause, doing any and everything that needs doing; essentially saying to Big Mother Hollywood, “I have a lot to do and even more to say and if youʼre not going to help...I will damn well do it myself, screw you!”

I was going to say "fuck" but we are live-streaming and I promised Susan Bernhardt I would keep it classy.

We matter. We matter. Tonight, we're going to show each other, and Big Mama Hollywood and the world...and anyone else who just happens to be watching...exactly how much.

So play nice, keep yourselves in line and don't make me come out there! Here we go...
Submissions are now being accepted for the 6th Annual Indie Series Awards. For information ISA6 and to submit your web series, visit indieseriesawards.com. The early entry (discounted) period ends on November 30.

POLL: Web Series of the Week (November 16-22, 2014)


In the last Indie Series Network Web Series of the Week poll, Family Problems was voted favorite indie of the week. It's now time to catch up on all the new episodes and vote for your favorite series in this week's poll.

You can also cast a vote for your favorite actor, actress and web series couple/duo. Voting ends Wednesday, November 26 at 4 p.m. ET (one vote per person per day).



Web series that aired one or more new episodes from November 16-22, 2014 are eligible. If an indie series aired this week and is not on the list, cast your vote as "Other" and write in your choice.

Watch this week's indie series below:
- Bi Episode 5 "Bi-optic"
- Carmilla Episodes 32 "Mommy Dearest" & 33 "Pep Rally"
- Family Problems Episode 40 "Answers"
- First Sight Episode 1 "The Pain"
- Gigahoes Episode 5 "Mother Knows Best"
- Karma Episode 10 "I Don't Want Your Pieces"
- Lost Angeles Episodes 9 "Health" & 10 "Rhett Bowen"
- Mr. Wang Goes To Hollywood Episode 4 "Yaowen"
- Old Dogs & New Tricks Season 3 Episode 2 "Hard Bargains"
- Pete Winning and the Pirates Season 2 Episode 8 "The Swashbuckler" (season finale)
- Proper Manors Thanksgiving Special "Homeless for the Holidays"
- Shady Business Episode 12 "This Heavy Weight"
- The Socialist Episode 3 "#Showoff"
- Superhuman Episode 4
- Triangle Episodes 3 "Entanglement" & 4 "Greed"
- Youthful Daze Season 3 Episode 12 "Revisiting the Past"

6th Annual Indie Series Awards (#ISA6):
Submissions are now being accepted for the 6th Annual Indie Series Awards. For information ISA6 and to submit your web series, visit indieseriesawards.com.

'Actors Untitled: The Web Series' Launches Season 2 IndieGogo Campaign


(via press release)

ACTORS UNTITLED: THE WEB SERIES

Looking for your next favorite web series? Then look no further. Our web series Actors Untitled is definitely worthy of becoming your new favorite! Our show is about the lives of two best friends, Marisa and Danny, who are struggling actors trying to break into the industry. It was created by real-life best friends Ceirra Burton and Stanton Longoria who met in college and discovered that they shared the same passion for their craft as their characters do. Ceirra and Stan took their own personal experiences as actors as well as experiences they’ve witnessed and applied them to the storylines that are seen in the first season of the series.

Actors Untitled stars our creators, Ceirra Burton and Stanton Longoria, as Marisa and Danny. The show also features many wonderfully, talented actors and actresses who bring all of the hilarious supporting characters in the first season to life.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

RESULTS: Web Series of the Week Poll (November 9-15, 2014)

Family Problems was voted favorite web series of the week.
The results are in from the Indie Series Network's Web Series of the Week poll for November 9-15, 2014.

Family Problems was voted favorite web series of the week. A new episode of Gigahoes was second, followed by the pilot of Dog Park, and the latest from Karma and Showstopper.

The acting favorites were Karma's Tyrice Lollis and Family Problems' Wendy Hartman, and the favorite couple duo was Christina & Alexander from Family Problems.

Check out the complete results below including the Favorite Actor, Actress and Couple/Duo of the Week:

RANKSHOWLAST WEEKTOP 3
1Family Problems227
2Gigahoes181
3Dog Park-1
4Karma40
5Showstopper190
6Superhuman51
7Shady Business100
8The Socialist-0
9Triangle90
10Minor Issues-0
11Pharoah-0
12Heights Girl-0
13Youthful Daze111
14Sugar140
15Carmilla150
16BFFs210
17Lost Angeles170
18Love.Sex.Manhattan70
19Old Dogs & New Tricks-4

Watch the Top 3 series and see the rest of the poll results below:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Broadway, Film & TV Vet Tracie Thoms and Comedian Jessica Kirson Join Cast of ‘He's With Me’

Tracie Thoms, Jessica Kirson
Monday Morning Productions' original web series, He's With Me is pleased to announce two guest stars who will appear in the show's upcoming second season.

Broadway, film and TV veteran Tracie Thoms, who is currently starring with Oscar nominee John Hawkes in the world premiere of David Auburn's "Lost Lake," directed by the renowned Daniel Sullivan, will have a recurring role as Naomi throughout the second season. Comedian Jessica Kirson will star in the first episode of the second season as network censor Jessie. Her appearance will help to resolve the cliffhanger that was set up in He's With Me's first season finale.

Tracie Thoms starred as 'Joanne' in the final weeks of the historic 12 year run of the Broadway musical, "Rent," and played the same key role in Sony's film of Rent opposite Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs and Jesse Martin. Tracie was recently seen opposite David Morse in McCanick, with Zoe Bell and Dawson in Raze, opposite Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Christopher Nolan's Looper, and with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Safe House. She also starred with Kurt Russell in Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse: Death Proof and opposite Anne Hathaway in David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada. She'll next be seen in the Columbia Pictures remake of Annie opposite Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis.