2014 PGA Digital Visionaries Include Netflix, AwesomenessTV, Vine
On the evening of Friday, June 7, the Producers Guild of America awarded its 2014 Digital Visionaries. Of the producers, innovators, and visionaries recognized, some digital hubs stood out, including Netflix, AwesomenessTV, and Vine.
Among the 9 individuals and companies honored, Netflix received kudos for its original programming with specific pats on the back for Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, for making online series hit the mainstream. Vine’s co-founders, Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll, got “innovators” credit for gaining such wide use this past year, while the CEO of the AwesomenessTV Network, Brian Robbins, got props for helping the growth of over 150k digital channels.
Other honorees included Sam Houser, the co-founder and president of Rockstar Games for his work on Grand Theft Auto, Snapchat’s creators, and “Batkid” for his livestreaming event made possible by the Make-A-Wish foundation. “Gravity” also got recognition for its visual effects (created on a “modest budget”) and the creators of “Veronica Mars” were awarded for gaining advance contributions from fans to bring the show back for an additional season.
The PGA’s 12 member Digital VIP Committee chose this year’s honorees with the guild’s presidents, Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch. Last year, the PGA awarded Danny Zappin and Lisa Donovan of Maker Studios for their digital visions.Tags: Awards, AwesomenessTV, Digital Visionaries 2014, maker studios, Netflix, Producers Guild of America, Vine