Monday, August 26, 2013

Missoula's Hank Green wins an Emmy

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

If the Indy tried to cover all of new-media mogul Hank Green's exploits, it'd be a (really fun) full-time position, but we can't let the latest bit of praise go unreported: he won an Emmy.

Specifically, Green was honored by the Creative Arts Emmys in Interactive Media. Think of it as the online version of the television Emmys, selected by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group, and mostly going to major networks like Bravo, Nickelodeon and OWN (that's Oprah's channel). Green crashed the big-kids party for his work as the producer of "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," an innovative vlog (or video blog) based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Fans of Green's past work shouldn't be surprised by the attention. After all, he has created a media empire in a corner of the industry still not completely understood by the mainstream. Green's original vlog, Brotherhood 2.0, aka "Vlog Brothers," launched his career and garnered he and his brother, author John Green, an enormous and devoted following. Since "Vlog Brothers" initial success, Green and his brother have cultivated their growing legion of followers with spin-off projects, such as VidCon (think Comic-Con for vloggers) and a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall earlier this year. Most notably, Green now produces a number of other vlogs, including Indy favorite "The Brain Scoop" and a sex-education one with Missoula's own Lindsey Doe called "Sexplanations." All tend to attract the same core audience, but "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" is the only one — so far — to win an Emmy.

Yahoo! wrote extensively about why "LBD" is special and warranted an Emmy nod, calling it "a sign of what the future holds for serial programming."

The Creative Arts Emmys juried award for Original Interactive Program was well-deserved this year. It recognized a unique project that, with the hard work of a talented cast and creative team plus the devotion of an enthusiastic audience, managed to create sustained magic beyond the 100-episode YouTube series.

Read the whole Yahoo! story, or, better yet, just start watching the series.

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