About The Indie Series Network (ISN)


WHO WE ARE
The Indie Series Network is a nonprofit community of professional artists. We champion the web series as a uniquely collaborative and empowering medium of creative expression with the potential to entertain, educate, enlighten and—ultimately—elevate the human experience. At unprecedented scale, for vast audiences, around the world.

While it's true we're connected to Establishment cultural titans like Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts, our own work is entirely centered on supporting the little guy: the independent artist starting with nothing but an idea and the Internet. Our mission is to bring quality, independently-produced TV series, with socially relevant messaging and artistic merit, to under-served audiences. We are funded by tax-deductible contributions and run entirely by volunteers.

CORE PRINCIPLES
* We ardently support net neutrality, as well as increased public funding for the arts (and web series in particular).
* Like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, we believe the most effective, honest and engaging way to trumpet our community's annual achievements working with the moving image is a rigorous, transparent,open competition—based on social and artistic merit, and adjudicated by diverse and independent industry professionals.
* We enthusiastically applaud and energetically support any and all sister initiatives that also enhance the visibility of, and acknowledge the talent behind, independent web series; by the same token, we absolutely condemn and diligently discourage any endeavor to limit or censor opportunities for creators to freely present and publicly celebrate their artistic creation.

LET US HELP
Though we're known best as the charity behind the Indie Series Awards, the Network also provides pro bono, year-round, nuts-and-bolts support for content creators around the world. For example, you may be familiar with our promotional efforts on behalf of different shows (on social media, in the weekly poll, through magazine articles, etc.) but did you know that we can also link producers to discounted, professional rehearsal and screening space in cities across the country? Also, while you may already consider us a resource for connecting with other web series creators, did you know that we can also serve as a liaison with celebrity talent? The truth is, we're game for almost anything—last year, we even helped one producer petition parliament!

We're here to help, for free, in any way we can. We love the medium, and we appreciate and enjoy what you've created. The annual Awards are our way of returning the favor. Every year, we put every penny we raise in fees, ticket sales, sponsorships, etc. right back into producing the most fabulous red carpet gala we can, in th process donating hundreds of hours of our time in order to pull off a world-class event that has been repeatedly praised as “better than the Emmys.”

What makes it all worthwhile to us is that magical moment when everyone starts to arrive. You'll all come together, all this creative talent, and the flashbulbs will be popping; the trophies, gleaming; and the evening wear, pinching—and you'll suddenly come to realize: you may have started out making your own TV show, but you ended up making difference. The best web series are works of art, and art makes the world a better place.

STAFF
Kevin Mulcahy Jr., Founder & Managing Director (kevin@indieseriesnetwork.org)
Roger Newcomb, Communications Director & Founder of the Indie Series Awards (roger@indieseriesnetwork.org)

EVENTS
ISN is the annual charity sponsor for the Indie Series Awards. The 6th Annual Indie Series Awards (#ISA6) will take place on April 1, 2015 at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Nominations will be revealed on February 4, 2015 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.

For general questions and comments, or to send in press releases for potential publication on the ISN website, email info@indieseriesnetwork.org.

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