‘Life’s a Drag’ Creator Ian Verdun Receives ‘the El Rey Network Diversity in Storytelling Award’ at Seriesfest: Season Two
Robert Rodriguez’s genre busting English language television network, El Rey Network, and the international television and content festival, SeriesFest awarded Ian Verdun on Sunday, June 26, with the first-ever “The El Rey Network Diversity in Storytelling Award” at SeriesFest: Season Two. The inaugural award, honoring the screenplay which best represents the changing face of America, was given to Verdun, a 39-year-old actor from Los Angeles, CA, for his original pilot, Life’s a Drag.
The award was determined by the 2016 SeriesFest Independent TV Pilot Competition jury board and El Rey Network’s Vice President, Audience Strategy and Insights, Dawn Holliday-Mack. Verdun received a $5,000 cash prize.
"We are so pleased to award Verdun with the inaugural 'El Rey Network Diversity in Storytelling Award'," said Mack. “Life’s A Drag presented a diverse cast of realistic, authentic and well-rounded characters spanning race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity which enriched the storyline.”