- Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2016
Robert Rodriguez’s television network, El Rey Network, and the international television and content festival, SeriesFest, announced the launch of “The El Rey Network Diversity in Storytelling Award” at SeriesFest Season Two, June 22-26, in Denver, Colorado. The inaugural award will be handed out to one of the 34 previously announced Independent TV Pilot selections for the series that best represents the changing face of America. The award recipient, who will receive a $5,000 cash prize, will be determined by the 2016 SeriesFest Independent TV Pilot Competition jury board and El Rey Network’s VP, audience strategy and insights, Dawn Holliday-Mack.
This is a new category for SeriesFest which also recognizes Best Pilot, Best Actor, Best Actress, and more.
“It has been my personal commitment from the beginning to drive diversity both in front of and behind the camera,” commented Robert Rodriguez, founder and chairman, El Rey Network. “I’m excited for El Rey to work with SeriesFest to create this opportunity that acknowledges the importance of creating these roles for groups that are underrepresented.”
As previously announced, the 2016 jury includes: Emma Tillinger Koskoff, president of production for Sikelia Productions, Emmy Award-winning producer, and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated producer; actor Jason Ritter (Gravity Falls, Parenthood); Diana Williams: producer, Lucasfilm Story Group; Kim Cattrall, Golden Globe Award-winning actress; Pablo Schreiber: Emmy Award-nominated actor; and Janet Pierson: head of film, SXSW.