Gotham Awards to introduce categories honoring 'serialized content' -- a.k.a. TV

The IFP Gotham Awards, which each year honor outstanding achievements in independent filmmaking, will introduce two new categories this year to recognize breakthrough Web and TV series.  

“We are thrilled this year to include creators working in serialized content, where so much innovative and risk-taking work now thrives,” said Joana Vicente, executive director of the Independent Filmmaker Project, the nonprofit organization that conducts the Gotham Awards.

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The nominees for breakthrough series -- long form are "Jane the Virgin" (The CW), "Mr. Robot" (USA), "Transparent" (Amazon), "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Netflix) and "UnREAL" (Lifetime). 

The nominess for breakthrough series -- short form are "Bee and PuppyCat" (Cartoon Hangover), "The Impossibilities" (seriesofimpossibilities.com), "Qraftish" (Blackgirldangerous.com), "Shugs and Fats" (ShugsandFats.TV) and "You're So Talented" (Open TV). The Gotham Awards are the latest film institution to get hip to television, following Sundance Institute's establishment of an episodic storytelling lab and the Toronto International Film Festival's newly launched TV section.  Recent non-serialized content to be honored by the Gotham Awards include "Boyhood," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Moonrise Kingdom." The Gotham Awards ceremony will take place on Nov. 30 in New York City. 

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