After the REEL Movie Awards held in March this year, News18.com is set to forge a path in the web-series awards sphere, with iReel Awards 2018 dedicated to Indian web series. The awards are aimed at celebrating the collective revolution started by the creators of web series, as well as recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals in this space.
The conceptualised awards will be determined with a mix of jury panel as well as online voting. The jury panel will be moderated by renowned film critic Rajeev Masand. Online voting, which will have a weightage of 20% in the final results, will be hosted online. Commenting on the announcement, Rajeev Masand, film critic and jury moderator said, “It is an honour to be a part of News18.com’s iReel Awards 2018, which will recognise web series content, ranging from comedy and biographical series, to thrillers and much more. I look forward to being a part of the event and discuss the possibilities that web series content can explore.”
The award nominations include work put forth by players like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, ALTBalaji, Zee5, Voot, YouTube and the rest. These include Sacred Games, TVF Inmates, Bose Dead or Alive, Lakhon Mein Ek, and other names across the country and beyond.
Sharing his thoughts on the announcement, Manish Maheshwari, CEO, Network18 Digital said, “We live in interesting times – in a short duration, web series have become one of the preferred sources of mainstream entertainment. It is only fitting to initiate an awards show that would solely focus on web series. Not only it gives appreciation where due, but it also connects well with our millennial audience, who happen to be consumers of these web series. With iReel Awards, we’re looking forward to celebrating the web-series revolution.”