The kudocast, which bestows laurels on the best YouTube and online video content and creators of the year, will air live on VH1’s linear TV channel and digital platforms on Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. ET (delayed for West Coast) from the Hollywood Palladium theater. It’s the first time the Streamy Awards, produced by Dick Clark Prods. and Tubefilter, will be televised.
Oakley — the most high-profile LGBT personality on YouTube — has more than 20 million followers on social media and recently advised the Obama Administration on social-media strategy. In October, Gallery Books is set to publish Oakley’s “Binge,” his first collection of personal, humorous essays.
Helbig’s it’sgrace YouTube Channel has garnered more than 131 million views and has more than 2.6 million subscribers. The comedian-author-actress also created and hosted “The Grace Helbig Show” for E!, and co-produced and starred in feature film “Camp Takota,” one of the first feature-length movies featuring YouTube stars. She’s also penned a bestseller, “Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up.”
“I’m so excited to be co-hosting this year’s Streamy Awards alongside my buddy Grace,” Oakley said in a statement. “I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful night celebrating the talents and accomplishments of online creators and #TeamInternet as a whole.”
Helbig, who hosted the Streamy Awards last year, said, “There’s no one better to do this with me than Tyler Oakley as we take over VH1 on September 17. This year will be bigger, better and even more surprising as we celebrate all the Internet has to offer.”
The fifth annual Streamy Awards are executive produced by Dick Clark Productions’ Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Assaf Blecher and Ariel Elazar, as well as Streamy Awards founders Drew Baldwin and Joshua Cohen. Lee Rolontz and Lara Fried will executive produce for VH1.
According to the event’s organizers, creators and fans generated more than 1 billion online impressions related to last year’s Streamy Awards. Official sponsors of the 2015 Streamys include Cricket Wireless, Denny’s, Gillette Venus, Orbit Gum and Post Honey Bunches of Oats.