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Variety Entertainment App Awards

Variety Entertainment App Awards

The app economy is large, active and thriving, with nearly half of the U.S. population using mobile apps. With hundreds of thousands of apps in the hands of consumers, we're honored to present the First Annual Entertainment App Awards to recognize the best apps in the entertainment industry, selected by industry stakeholders, publishers, academics, tech journalists and more. The Entertainment App Award categories and judging criteria were chosen to reward and recognize innovation and excellence within the entertainment app industry. Winners will receive recognition at the Awards Dinner on November 29.

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Award Finalists:

Best Second Screen TV App: Award recognizing the best second screen app in television. This app helps the audience engage with their favorite programs, sports or special events on TV.
  • ConnecTV
  • Discovery Channel HD (Bottle Rocket Apps)
  • The Walking Dead Story Sync (AMC)

WINNER: The Walking Dead Story Sync (AMC)

Best Smart TV App: Award recognizing the best app developed specifically for Smart TV use and enjoyment.
  • Pandora
  • Revision3
  • HBO Go (HBO)


Mobile Innovation Award for Social TV App: Award recognizing the app of 2012 that has expanded the overall Social TV experience for content owners, consumer and advertisers.
  • Showtime Sync (Showtime Networks, Inc.)
  • Discovery Channel HD (Bottle Rocket Apps)
  • DJ Pauly D, Beat that Boardwalk (MEDL Mobile)

WINNER: Discovery Channel HD (Bottle Rocket Apps)

Best Technology in Social and Interactive TV: Award recognizing best of breed of platform, service and technology providers that power and otherwise enable social and interactive TV experiences.
  • ConnecTV
  • Showtime Sync (Showtime Networks, Inc.)
  • MobiTV


Best App Supporting a Film Launch: Award recognizing creativity and innovation as a companion to a film release.
  • Fix-It Felix (Disney Interactive)
  • My Wild Night With Ted (MEDL Mobile for Media Rights Capital)
  • Happy Feet Two: The Penguin App (1K Studios for Warner Bros. Pictures)

WINNER: Fix-It Felix Jr. (Disney Interactive)

Best Entertainment IP-based Mobile Game: Award recognizing the overall best mobile game tied to a TV or film franchise.
  • The Hunger Games Adventures (Funtactix Inc. for Lionsgate)
  • VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables (Thruster Apps, a division of Bottle Rocket Apps)
  • The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

WINNER: The Hunger Games Adventures (Funtactix Inc. for Lionsgate)

Best Social Discovery App: Award recognizing the best app for discovering and sharing TV, film and/or music entertainment.
  • NextGuide (Dijit Media, Inc.)
  • Fandango Mobile App
  • Showtime Sync (Showtime Networks, Inc.)

WINNER: Fandango Mobile App

Best Music App: Award recognizing the best app for enjoying, discovering and sharing music, music videos and related experiences.
  • Spotify
  • Shazam
  • iHeartRadio (Clear Channel Media and Entertainment)

WINNER: Spotify

Best Kids Entertainment App: Award recognizing innovation in delivering entertaining, safe and secure Kids & Family entertainment and learning experiences.
  • Skylanders Giants (Toys for Bob, Activision Publishing)
  • Draw Along Pip (Skyreader Media)

WINNER: Frankenweenie-fy Your Pet (Watson DG)

Entertainment App Developer of the Year 2012: Award recognizing overall excellence in development, including cross-platform delivery, UX, social media, payments and technology.
  • Watson DG
  • Bottle Rocket Apps
  • Activision Publishing

WINNER: Bottle Rocket Apps


A special thanks to emcee Chris Hardwick, special guest Marlee Matlin, Variety, the judges, the nominees and everyone who participated.

The Application Developers Alliance selected a panel of judges to determine the winners. The hand-selected panel includes representatives from Mobile Deluxe, Neustar, AppStori, Distimo, Bunchball, Kid Tech Columnist, USA and Gannett News, Digital Mind State, SleepyGiant and Google TV. Celebrity host and special guest appearance to be announced next week. 
For information about sponsorship and group registrations, please contact Chelsea Larson-Andrews at To receive 25% Off Entertainment Apps Conference and App Award Dinner passes please use the code ADA25 at registration


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Entertainment Apps Conference

The Entertainment Apps Conference will bring together top digital distribution and marketing execs from the major studios and networks, CE and set-top box makers, technology and platform providers, developer and content creators for a day-long conference on the emerging world of app-based entertainment content and services. The conference will take place at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, CA on November 29, 2012. 

For information about speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chelsea Larson-Andrews at

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