In the aftermath of the Streamy Awards which rocked the web series community for all the wrong reasons we began to ask how this could happen.
It would be quite logical to look at the IAWTV (The International Academy of Web Television). This is after all the group that votes for the Streamy Awards (with the exception of the audience choice awards). The Academy is run by a California corporation called "INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF WEB TELEVISION, INC." which is located at the address of Deca.TV. Michael Wayne is Co-Founder, President & CEO of Deca.TV and is also Chairman of the IAWTV. According to the Deca web site "As Vice President, Strategic Alliances for Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Pictures Television, Michael was responsible for managing a team dedicated to developing new digital entertainment franchises in conjunction with strategic partners."
According to the Deca web site, "DECA (Digital Entertainment Corporation of America) was founded in 2007 to create a new model for the online entertainment experience. By identifying, funding, marketing and distributing next-generation digital content, we have become one of the leading players in shaping the future of entertainment." Among the properties on the web site are Smosh , the well known video vlogger.
According to Wikipedia the other board members of the IAWTV are: Drew Baldwin, Brady Brim-DeForest, Executive Director, Joshua Cohen, Felicia Day, Marc Hustvedt, Dina Kaplan, Vice Chair, Mo Koyfman, John McCarus, George Ruiz, Secretary, Jamison Tilsner, Treasurer, Michael Wayne, Chairman.
So at first sight the first place to look for how things went wrong would be the Board of Directors of the IAWTV. Right? In the process of asking the IAWTV for action we began to ask if this Board of Directors was the same as the board of directors of Streamys LLC the companys that seems to run and operate the Streamy.org web site and also hold the entertainment trade mark for the Streamy Awards. Who exactly is Streamys LLC? Well for starters they are a Delaware company that does not appear to be registered in California. On there web site they give "General Contact: Streamy Awards, 5405 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #270. Los Angeles, CA 90036" which is interesting because it is also the address of Tubefilter Inc., the company that runs one of the "industry" blogs. Given that several members of the Tubefilter team were involved with the production of the Streamys and are also on the Board of Directors of the IAWTV, it seems relevant to ask what their relationship to Streamys LLC is.
On the Streamy.org web site we have not yet not found information of the executives of Streamys LLC or its Board of Directors. However it would be reasonable to assume that Streamys LLC was deeply involved in the production of the Streamy Award ceremony and possibly even own the Streamys including all financial revenue generated from sponsors. Whether this is the case or not only the executives of Streamys LLC can answer.
So the question remain "What is Streamys, LLC?" More specifically, who are the executives of this company, who is on the board of directors and how does Streamys LLC fit in with the IAWTV. Only when we have answers to these questions will we begin to unveil how the Streamy Awards went so very wrong.
See also the statement from the IAWTV.
Special thanks to those who helped with background research for this article.