MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - Feb 21, 2013) - Social TV Summit today announced the finalists for the 2013 Latin Social TV Awards, spanning 16 categories in Latin Social TV. Hosted by Univision's Lourdes Stephen and Fernando Fiore, winners will be honored next Thursday evening, February 28, in Miami during a black-tie event attended by all finalists and major Social TV players.
Bringing together the top people, platforms and programs in the Latin Social TV space, the Latin Social TV Awards will recognize winners for the use of innovation and technological leadership in the fast-moving industry of social TV, specific to the Latin market. With both Stephen, previously a national correspondent for Primer Impacto, and Fiore, three-time Emmy Award winner and previous FIFA World Cup anchor as masters of ceremonies, the dinner and gala will celebrate tremendous achievements in the exciting Latin Social TV industry.
"We are thrilled to organize such a prestigious awards ceremony," said Andy Batkin, CEO, Social Summits, LLC. "We thank Lourdes Stephen and Fernando Fiore for hosting our red carpet event and we look forward to honoring our respected finalists and winners."
Each winner will receive a "STEEVEE," a custom social TV trophy, in commemoration of their industry accomplishments. Each category salutes individuals, brands, programmers and networks that pioneer the rapidly-expanding Social TV field. Among the 16 categories are Latin Social TV Entertainer of the Year, Best Latin Drama or Novella and Latin Social TV Marketer of the Year. Finalists range from major broadcast and cable networks, such as Univision, Telemundo and ESPN to high-profile Social TV entertainers, such as Univision's Ana Patricia Gonzalez, Estrella TV Network's Don Cheto and Terra Network's Alejandro Sanz.
The 2013 Social TV Awards finalists consist of Social TV platforms, programs and promotions that were implemented in 2012 through February 4, 2013. Judging the finalists are a select group of top industry executives, including Mark López, head of U.S. Hispanic audiences for YouTube; Mo Krochmal, Founding Editor, Social TV Daily; Seth Shapiro, governor of Interactive Media Peer Group and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; and other respected media industry executives. See www.socialtvawards.com.
Following the Latin Social TV Awards, the Social TV Summit Miami will take place the next day, March 1 (see www.socialtvsummit.com).
Social Summits have held sold-out summits in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, and the Social TV Summit now travels to Miami for a day of high-profile speakers, workshops and networking in the Social TV industry. Andy Batkin, creator of the Social TV Summit, is recognized as one of the founders of the interactive industry. Batkin has more than 30 years of experience in creating integrated media campaigns for Fortune 500 and entertainment companies. Batkin and his consulting practice developed the business model for Yahoo! and served as its media representative for the first two years, building more than 1,700 sales relationships.
For more information about the Latin Social TV Awards and to see the full list of finalists, please visit www.socialtvawards.com. For more details about the Social TV Summit Miami, check out www.socialtvsummit.com. Follow Social TV Summit on Twitter @socialtvsummit.