Indie Series Winners

(Above: Marc Bendavid and Meghan Heffern star in ‘How to Buy a Baby’)

The CBC’s How to Buy a Baby was named best comedy and Issa Rae’s Giants best drama at this week’s Indie Series Awards.

This was the ninth annual event created to honor “independently produced scripted entertainment created for the web.” The competition this year expanded to non-fiction series, with Vintage America with Ginger winning in that category.

How to Buy a Baby, a seven-episode series about an infertile couple who end up undergoing in vitro fertilization, is available on But only Canadians can watch it there. Americans must settle for this NSFW trailer:

Giants, about three black millennial friends coping with usually taboo issues, recently launched its second season over Issa Rae’s YouTube channel, with 12 episodes currently available. Jussie Smollett, star of Fox’s Empire, is executive producer.

Here’s the first episode:

Marking a 180-degree turn from the previous two winners, the wholesome Vintage America with Ginger is hosted by throwback entertainer Ginger Pauley, “the vintage girl.” You can stream the first episode below, but two other episodes can be seen only on the TVtibi app or over Akyumen TV, possibly for a price.

TVtibi is available for iOS and Windows 10, but we were unable to sign in this morning and the app’s website was down. Akyumen TV, described as a “global entertainment streaming platform,” will be introduced this Monday during a party at the NAB convention in Las Vegas. If you’ll be at NAB or reside in the Vegas area and don’t have an invite, you can get $50 tickets from Eventbrite.

Come on Ginger! For someone specializing in vintage items from the 1920s to the 1970s and how they’re being used today, couldn’t you just find a way to transmit Vintage America onto our old portable TV set???

Ladies of the Lake, an Amazon Prime soap opera, was the most feted Indie Series. It picked up four awards including best lead actor (Kyle Lowder), best guest actor (Ian Buchanan) and best guest actress (Arianne Zucker).

For a list of all winners, visit


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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