Los Angeles, CA (March 25, 2016) – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced nominations for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and EastSiders: The Series was included in the Outstanding Daytime Digital Drama Series category. Called “Funny and Heartbreaking” by Entertainment Weekly, the critically-acclaimed LGBT series premiered its first season on Logo in 2012 and was subsequently picked up for DVD and VOD distribution by Wolfe Video. A second season premiered with an exclusive distribution window on Vimeo On Demand last fall after the production raised $153,000 on Kickstarter. Other entries in the category include East Los High, The Bay: The Series, Vanity, and Winterthorne.
EastSiders also received a nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for Van Hansis’s performance. This marks Hansis’ fourth Daytime Emmy nomination, having been nominated three times before for playing the role of Luke Snyder on As The World Turns, who made history with daytime television’s first kiss between two men in 2007.
Series creator Kit Williamson, who is also known for playing the role of Ed Gifford on the final two seasons of Mad Men, says ”I think it’s amazing that The Daytime Emmy Awards are recognizing digital series. There are so many amazing stories being told online and it’s incredible to see how high the bar has been raised in the last few years.” The series is also currently nominated for ten Indie Series Awards, including Best Drama, Best Writing, Best Ensemble, Best Actor (Van Hansis, Kit Williamson), Best Actress (Brianna Brown), Best Supporting Actor (Stephen Guarino), Best Guest Actress (Constance Wu) and Best Editing. Past accolades include an Indie Series Award for Best Ensemble, an LA Weekly Web Award for Best Drama and a Satellite Award Nomination from The International Press Academy.
ABOUT THE SERIES
EastSiders is a dark comedy about a gay couple trying to stay together through drunken outbursts, double standards and dirty deeds in Silver Lake, California. The star-studded cast includes Van Hansis (As the World Turns), Kit Williamson (Mad Men), Traci Lords (Zach and Miri Make a Porno), Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat), drag sensation Willam Belli (Nip/Tuck, Rupaul’s Drag Race) Stephen Guarino (Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, The Big Gay Sketch Show), Brianna Brown (Devious Maids, General Hospital), John Halbach (Wallflowers),Matthew McKelligon (You’re Killing Me), Leith Burke (The Haves and the Have Nots), Brea Grant (Heroes), Vera Miao (State of Affairs), Sean Maher (Firefly), Lennon Parham (Playing House), Satya Bhabha (New Girl), Adam Bucci (The 10 Year Plan), David Blue (Stargate Universe)and Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy).
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Called “The Ultimate 21st-Century L.A. Success Story” by The LA Weekly, Kit Williamson is the creator of the critically-acclaimed web seriesEastSiders. The series is available on DVD and VOD through Wolfe Video and has brokered distribution deals with Amazon, Hulu, Fullscreen, Logo and Vimeo On Demand. Kit began his career on Broadway, acting alongside Liev Schreiber in the Tony-Nominated revival of Talk Radio. Best known for his recurring role as Ed Gifford on the most recent season of AMC’s Mad Men, other TV appearances include The Good Wife, Public Morals, Bosch and Numb3rs, as well as the feature films Anatomy of Deception (Lifetime), Ana Maria in Novela Land(Oxygen), and Best Friends Forever (Slamdance).
ABOUT THE DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television. It recognizes excellence with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of more than 15,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. The winners will be announced in a ceremony on May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
“EastSiders: The Series” is available at www.eastsiderstheseries.com. Follow the show on twitter at @EastSidersTV and “Like” on Facebook at handle (EastSidersTheSeries).