NEW YORK, NY (Tuesday, August 25, 2020) – Stareable Fest 2020, the third annual premier web series and indie TV festival, today announced its jury panel for the competition portion of the festival which takes place virtually October 14-18. Seven renowned creators will judge the 42 Official Selections that made the cut for the festival’s submission categories. These bold-faced names are highly-successful champions in their own right, having created various series and films that have been presented with numerous honors and accolades.
“Acclaimed for their dedication and recognized success in the entertainment industry, our panel of judges hail from different parts of the world and have worked with the largest networks and studios,” said Ajay Kishore, founder of Stareable, the platform hosting Stareable Fest. “We’re thrilled to have their talent and priceless knowledge taking part in the event and providing feedback and support for our talented creators.”
The jury will review and analyze the 42 Official Selections and awards will be given for: Best Of, Writing, Acting, Editing, Cinematography, Directing, and Innovation in storytelling (i.e. new media interactive/transmedia elements).
These are the seven judges for Stareable Fest 2020:
Yuri Baranovsky has been writing, creating and directing digital content since before digital content was a thing. Since 2006, Yuri has worked on projects like the award-winning digital series Leap Year on Hulu (Streamy Award, NATPE, “Luminary Award” winner, sold to USA Networks for a third season), the TruTV sketch show, Six Degrees of Everything and, most recently, Dan Is Dead, a yet unreleased series for Disney Studios, starring Drake Bell, Mark Boone Jr., Fred Melamed and more. In addition to his work in digital, Yuri is currently developing several projects for television, among them the viral digital hit, Binge, with MGM Studios.
Carl Foreman, Jr.
Carl Foreman, Jr. is an actor, writer and comedian based in Los Angeles, with career origins in New York. He is a veteran performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade, performing on house sketch teams on both coasts, and on Characters Welcome in LA debuting a new solo character every month. Carl has appeared on television, in commercials, and many online comedy sketches. Carl was also named a Comedy Central Comic to Watch for his original characters, as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Recently, Carl performed in the 2020 CBS Showcase. Shortly thereafter, Carl was hired for his first staffing position, writing for Season 2 of Fuse’s animated sketch comedy show, Sugar & Toys, whose creators had previously worked on The Boondocks and Black Dynamite. Along with Anthony Gaskins, Carl is the co-writer and co-lead of the critically acclaimed IFC Comedy Crib series Frank and Lamar.
Naje Lataillade is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. His series, The Feels, was honored as Best of Stareable Fest at the inaugural edition in 2018; it is also a 3-time Emmy nominee and Streamy Award winner. Beyond writing and directing, he has also been recognized for his work as a cinematographer.
Tim Manley is the co-creator of the web series The Feels, a Daytime Emmy nominee, Webby honoree, Streamy winner, and 2018’s Best of Stareable Fest. Watch all three seasons at youtube.com/thefeelsshow.
One of Canada's "5 to Watch" in 2018, Steph Ouaknine is an award-winning producer and development executive specializing in short form, queer stories and international co-productions. With over eight years of experience, she has a track record of creating evocative series that have garnered passionate fans, critical acclaim, and forged innovative new revenue models. She creates content that finds an audience. Steph has co-created and produced Carmilla, the award-winning multi-platform series that ran for 108 episodes and spawned a global, engaged community. Financed by U by Kotex, the series topped 100+ million views, earning accolades from Cannes Lion, Rocky Awards, multiple Canadian Screen Award wins, Webby and Streamy, and MIPTV's "Brand Content of the Year" 2018 Award. At Shaftesbury, she spearheaded longform development, reporting to the CEO Christina Jennings. Liaised with vast network of writers to option, create, develop and pitch hour long dramas to AMC, Hulu, Netflix, ITV, Corus, Bell, UKTV and more. Steph's entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the future of television has landed her a spot in the Canadian Media Producers' Association "Next Generation Producers" and her latest series was shortlisted for the Sundance Episodic Lab 2020. Steph has spoken at SXSW, TIFF, The British Film Institute, Buffer Festival, VIFF, New York Comic Con and Toronto Fan Expo, as well as Ryerson, LMU and UCLA. Now based in Los Angeles, Steph is eager to propel the Phoebe-Waller Bridges and Michaela Coels of Canada to the international market.
Angela Palladino is a Writer, Producer and Director based in New York City. Angela has directed and produced branded and editorial digital productions resulting in millions of views and broadcast commercial productions currently airing in major markets. Angela served as supervising producer and writer for multiple comedy streaming series on the Airtime app, developing a slate of programming that exponentially increased viewership. Through her production company New Fiction, Angela develops and produces projects with a blend of humor and heart.
Dana Piccoli is an entertainment writer and pop culture critic. Dana has written for sites like The Mary Sue, Curve, The Decider, NBC, and was a longtime writer and Staff Editor of a queer women’s pop culture website until 2016. While there she hosted the popular podcast "Let's Process" which had over 250k downloads. She's the former Managing Editor of the Bella Media Channel, a vertical of Bella Books Publishing that focuses on queer entertainment and pop culture. Dana is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Queer Media Matters. Because queer media matters. Always has. Always will. Dana was recently named one of The Advocate Magazine’s 2019 Champions of Pride. She was also one of Curve Magazine’s 2017 Pridelist for her work in LGBTQ.
The Festival will take a virtual approach to programming, enabling even more opportunities for talented creators to meet and engage with top industry executives. The extended festival will take place online October 14 – 18 with early rate tickets for $10, regular tickets $20 and tickets during the festival will be $30. Early rate tickets can be purchased at here. Attendees will enjoy screenings, workshops, panels, an industry marketplace, a live pitch competition, and an awards ceremony honoring the best creators and talent in the business.
Program schedule will be announced soon. Among this year’s sponsors are AMC Networks, collaborative screenwriting software brand WriterDuet, and coffee subscription service, Yes Plz Coffee, with other big-name brands to be announced soon.
Press are invited to register for credentials to Stareable Fest 2020 here.
ABOUT STAREABLE FEST
Stareable Fest 2020 takes place October 14-18 virtually. The festival will include creator networking events, screenings, workshops, panels, an industry marketplace, a live pitch competition, and an awards ceremony honoring the best creators and talent in the business. Stareable Fest creates face-to-face connections between independent filmmakers and decision makers at major networks and platforms. Stareable Fest is created by Stareable, the largest community for web series creators, giving thousands of gifted artists the tools to engage, grow, and monetize their audiences. Stareable Fest 2020 is proud to be sponsored by AMC Networks, WriterDuet and Yes Plz Coffee. To learn more, visit festival.stareable.com.
Stareable is the largest community of web series creators and fans building the future of television through collaboration and discovery. The organization aims to educate and support members as they participate in community forums, listen to educational podcasts offering advice and direction and attend events including meetups, webinars and workshops. Through the platform, members can submit their show and get discovered. They can also embed episodes directly from YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. It allows members to credit their team, update their fans, and monetize their web series. To learn more, visit www.stareable.com.
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