Recently, we covered the Giant Web Series Competition, which if you’re not familiar with, is a British based, but globally focused competition that has been “organised with the intent of honouring talented and independent web series creators” (to quote myself)
The competition, which is still open for submission and totally free to enter hopes to offer “young web series creators the opportunity to showcase their GIANT ideas to a panel of distinguished industry judges with the hope of giving new talent the online exposure they deserve to get their foot in the door, get their work revealed and get their web series connected to an online audience” (to quote the competition organisers themselves)
The Giant Competition differs from many other awards and events focused on the web series community, by offering winners personal and professional feedback from the events judges themselves – as a result, the quality of the competitions grand prize hinges largely on who these judges are.
At the time of writing the previous article, the identities of many of the members of the Giant judging panel were still a mystery, to be revealed over the coming weeks. Now though, the full panel has at last been revealed, and looks to be a solid and well rounded crew that any aspiring web creator could benefit from the professional wisdom of.
The judges of the Giant Web Series competition are -
“Alex Zane is a presenter, writer and comedian. He has appeared on several Channel 4 entertainment programs such as Balls of Steel and viral video countdown show, Rude Tube. He has also hosted music and film events such as V Festival, Wireless Festival, Golden Globes Red Carpet Live and the Oscars Red Carpet Live. Alex will be keeping his eye out for some great comedy web series, as well as shows with a talented host!”
Head of Sky Entertainment
“I started in TV before the internet. I was working at the Big Breakfast when the internet was invented; we had a special internet lady you went to to get any internet stuff you needed – and there wasn’t a whole lot available. Now you can’t live without the internet. When I ran Big Brother on Channel 4 – the on-line world was starting to explode. People gathered round their computers at work streaming Nasty Nick getting his just deserts; we were inundated with opinion from on-line forums and we had a perfect storm of web-meet-telly-meets-the-press which all helped make our programme famous. Since then I have watched viewing habits evolve dramatically and the on-line world is buzzing with creative vibrancy and a world of different ideas. I hope this competition uncovers something truly original that’ll do just what Big Brother did, and change the game forever.”
Creative Director – prizeo.com
“I have been lucky enough to scoop awards at BATFA, The Royal Television Society, The Broadcast Awards, The Edinburgh International Television Festival and Consumer Journalism Awards for my work as both producer and channel controller. In a career spanning more than 25 years I produced, created and exec produced some of the biggest entertainment, reality, factual, drama and on-screen talents, and as Director of Programmes transformed 3 television networks – Livingtv, Sky1,2 & 3 and Channel 5. More recently I have been Creative Director for Prizeo.com – a worldwide online fundraising platform that takes celebrities and their favourite charities and gives fans the opportunity to buy money cant buy prizes.whilst raising funds for worthy causes.
I’m looking for a stand-out innovative idea – I want to see creativity that pushes the boundaries – I want to see originality not merely versions of content already out there.”
Head of Online at Channel 4 Television
“Let’s be honest: most original online content isn’t very good or even very popular. As head of online commissioning at Channel 4 I’m interested in what we’re all going to do about it.
I’ve spent most of the last 20 years mucking about with the internet and have had a few wins along the way.”
SIMON & HOW
“Simon & How Associates are a new, exciting and vibrant actors agency founded in 2007 by directors Simon Penn and Samantha How.
Having worked with leading talent agencies in the past, Sam and Tom have over 20 years collective experience in Artist Management and have built a solid reputation for discovering new talent.
We’re always on the look out for those with natural ability and raw talent and above all, we’re hoping that this competition will show us actors that give us truthful performances and allow us to totally believe them.”