In the wake of this year’s Streamy award fiasco, there were many questions regarding accountability. While those in charge quickly stepped forward to accept responsibility there were still questions as to the organization and oversight as well as calls for a change in transparency. Today the producers of the Streamy awards, launched a new campaign to fundamentally alter the operation, organization, and relationship between Streamy, LLC, which owns and produces the Streamy awards and the Independent Academy of Web Television (IAWTV), the non-profit organization created to oversee the selection of Streamy nominees. The campaign, which they have dubbed the Manifesto for change lays out four major alterations.
First, the manifesto calls for a new commitment to transparency and openness. This commitment would include disclosing the Academy membership and outlining and documenting the selection process of new members. One of the recent and most vocal criticisms of the Academy has revolved around membership selection and the creation of so-called blacklists.
Second, the manifesto calls for the creation of a ‘creator-driven board.’ The current Academy board contains only one active content creator, Felicia Day. The new board would consist of 10 seats held by current content creators, 3 executive non-creator seats, 2 seats for the Academy founders - currently they hold 5 -, and would require that the Chairman of the Board be a active content creator.
The third objective is the creation of a functioning board of governors tasked with overseeing specific areas of the Academy’s operation. One of the stated goals of the IAWTV is issue advocacy as well as industry oversight. The various governors would facilitate the Academy’s role in these areas as well as handle the administrative duties of the IAWTV. Currently, the Academy does not have full time employees or hold regular meetings.
Lastly, the manifesto proposes the formation of a permanent and equitable relationship between the IAWTV and the Streamy awards. As has been stated many times both here and elsewhere, the Streamys and the Academy are two separate entities, which do not have a formal relationship. The proposal would create a permanent relationship between the two, with the IAWTV providing oversight and at least 20% of the proceeds from the Streamy awards going towards the IAWTV general fund.
The Streamy producers have asked for feedback on the proposed manifesto for change. Feel free to either leave a comment below, or discuss the issue at the number one forum for web series news and discussion, Anchorcove.