Sean Kanan's Studio City scores 13 Indie Series Award nominations

Posted Thursday, February 02, 2023 9:20:14 PM
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Studio City, the Emmy-winning drama series focused on the drama in the life of a fictional soap star, received a lot of love in this year's Indie Series Award nominations.

The Emmy-winning series Studio City received a whopping 13 Indie Series Award nominations this year. The series, created by soap fave Sean Kanan (Deacon Sharpe, The Bold and the Beautiful), nabbed nominations in nearly every category for which it was eligible. There is also a plethora of other soap stars who received ISA nominations for their roles on Studio City.

"I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards," co-executive producer, writer, and star Sean Kanan said in a statement. "Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future."

The nominations Studio City received were Best Drama Series, Best Director in a Drama Series (Timothy Woodward, Jr.), Best Writing in a Drama Series (Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr.), Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series (Pablo Diaz), and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series (Fady Jeanbart).

Here are the actors nominated for their work: Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Sean Kanan), Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Carolyn Hennesy), Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega), and Guest Performer in a Drama Series (Lily Melgar). Studio City also received a nod in the Best Ensemble in a Drama Series category.

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, "Hearts on Fire," as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life, which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging stepfather, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.

The Indie Series Awards celebrate the best in independently produced entertainment created for the Web. The 13th Annual Indie Series will be held on Wednesday, April 12, at the Colony Theater in Burbank. For more information, visit

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