The Messy Truth web series nominated for 21st annual Webby Awards

The Messy Truth, the landmark web series produced by Meridian Hill Pictures and Magic Labs Media, was nominated for the 21st Annual Webby Awards, the internet's highest honor.

Voting for People’s Voice Awards Kicks Off Today. Vote for The Messy Truth in the News and Politics Series Category here


The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) today announced the Nominees for the 21st Annual Webby Awards. The Messy Truth, an independent web series co-produced by Meridian Hill Pictures and Magic Labs Media and distributed organically on Facebook to more than 4 million viewers during the final days of the 2016 election, was one of five nominees for the News & Politics Series category. Other Webby nominees include Stranger Things, Google, ellentube, Pokémon Go, Spotify, and Quartz, as well as some of the year’s most talked-about personalities, including Beyoncé, Malcolm Gladwell, Residente, Grimes, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, Coldplay, Grace Helbig, and Pharrell Williams.

All Nominees are eligible to win the Internet industry’s two most prestigious awards: The Webby Award, as selected by the Academy, and The Webby People’s Voice Award, voted on by the online public at Voting for the Webby People’s Voice Awards is open from now until Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 11:59 PM (PT). Vote for The Messy Truth in the News and Politics Series Category here


IADAS members including Jimmy KimmelMaking a Murderer’s Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, Gimlet Media’s Alex Blumberg, Instagram’s Eva ChenQuestlove, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi will select the Webby Winners, which will be announced on Tuesday April 25, 2017.

“Webby Nominees are using the Internet in incredible ways to bring people together through humor, emotion, innovation, empathy, passion, optimism, and eccentricity—all of the elements that make for truly great Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of the Webby Awards. “In a year marked by so much discord and divisiveness, The Webby Awards is honored to recognize the work and efforts of our Nominees as they explore new ways to use the Internet to inform our world and bring people together.”

The Messy Truth was created as a completely independent, self-funded effort and co-production between Meridian Hill Pictures and Magic Labs Media, without any corporate sponsors or backers. Magic Labs Media also served as an associate producer on Meridian Hill Pictures’ feature-length documentary City of Trees, providing creative consulting on the story edit; strategic guidance and support on the film's festival, outreach, and distribution plans; expert commentary for press and panels; press and social media strategy.


In each of three episodes, Van holds honest, raw, emotional, sometimes painful, yet hopeful conversations with Trump supporters, Clinton supporters and undecided voters in Gettysburg, PA days before the election. We created the series out of a frustration that most people during the election were talking about each other, and not to each other. We wanted to break through the noise with a dose of humanity, civility and set new norms for how people can start a healthier way to argue, listen and heal. We wanted to build on the strength of our past collaboration with Van and his wife Jana Carter on City of Trees, fusing our documentary storytelling sensibilities with Van’s unique ability to jumpstart hard, emotional conversations. Almost overnight, the project helped to change the national conversation.

Within days, CNN picked up the episodes and reposted on to their 24 million followers. The series was covered on the front page of the Huffington Post: Van Jones Talks to Donald Trump Supporters in Attempt to Avoid 'New Civil War.' The Saturday night before the election on primetime national television: CNN cutaway from the disturbance at a Trump rally to talk about The Messy Truth. Wedged in-between coverage of violence, CNN used The Messy Truth to hold a dialogue about the importance of empathy during this election. Since launching the series, the episodes have had more than 4 million combined views on Van’s Facebook page and received national media attention on CNN.comThe New York TimesSojourners, and The Huffington Post.


This year’s Webby Awards received a record-setting 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide. From the thousands of global entries submitted to The Webby Awards, fewer than 9% were selected as Nominees. 

Winners will be celebrated at a ceremony held at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, May 15, 2017. This year’s show will be available on demand at the morning of Tuesday, May 16. The Webby Awards video channel will feature all the show highlights, including special performances and all the hallmark 5-Word Speeches from the night’s big Winners.

EY provides vote tabulation consulting for The Webby Awards. For a complete list of nominees and to vote for the People’s Voice Awards, please visit http://vote.webbyawards.comVote for The Messy Truth in the News and Politics Series Category here

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