Bottle Rocket Named Entertainment App Developer of the Year by Variety and Applications Developers Alliance

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Dallas firm also nets Mobile Innovation Award for Social TV App and five finalist awards.

Bottle Rocket, a mobile application development firm, won two Variety Entertainment App Awards – Entertainment App Developer of the Year and Mobile Innovation Award for Social TV App – by Variety and the Application Developers Alliance. The awards were announced at the Entertainment Apps Conference in Los Angeles on Nov. 29.

The Entertainment App Developer of the Year award recognizes Bottle Rocket’s overall excellence in development of apps for entertainment media that include WWE, Showtime Sync, BET 106 & Park, Discovery Channel HD, Food Network - In the Kitchen, TNT, TBS and VeggieTales. The award criteria included excellence in cross-platform delivery, user experience, social media, payments and technology.

“We’re honored that Variety and the Applications Developers Alliance recognize the high standards of excellence that we follow for every app we develop,” said Calvin Carter, founder and president of Bottle Rocket. “While we’re very proud to win these awards, we’re especially proud of the recognition we receive from our highly satisfied clients for value and quality of the apps we create for them.”

Bottle Rocket’s Discovery Channel HD for iPad app was named Mobile Innovation Award for Social TV App. The app provides Discovery Channel fans greater access to their favorite programs through ACR technology, which enables the iPad to “listen” and identify the exact point in the program being watched and push relevant content to the user. Fans also can check in via the "I'm Watching" button to let their friends on Facebook and Twitter know what they are watching, all while getting the latest social media updates from Discovery and participating in conversations with fellow fans.

Other apps developed by Bottle Rocket were named finalists in the following categories:

  •         Best 2nd Screen TV App - Discovery Channel HD
  •     Mobile Innovation Award for Social TV App - Showtime Sync
  •     Best Technology in Social and Interactive TV - Showtime Sync
  •     Best Entertainment IP-based Mobile Game - VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables
  •     Best Social Discovery App - Showtime Sync

About Bottle Rocket
Bottle Rocket ( is a full-service mobile app development firm, focused on creating handcrafted apps for the world's most discriminating brands. Since its founding in early 2008, Bottle Rocket Apps has developed more than 80 iPhone, iPad and Android apps for leading brands such as A&E Television NPR, PBS, Disney, ESPN, TBS, TNT, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BET, SPIN Magazine, Bravo Television and American Express. The company’s apps have won numerous industry accolades including multiple Apple Hall of Fame awards, and frequently appear at the top of their categories on the App Store. The team of senior strategists, architects, developers and artists work their magic from the company’s offices in Dallas, Texas.

About Variety
Variety is the leading publication for business entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. The Variety Group – Daily Variety, Daily Variety Gotham, Variety,, LA 411, Variety 411 – are owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Business Media.

About Application Developers Alliance
The Application Developers Alliance is an industry association dedicated to meeting the unique needs of application developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Alliance members include more than 15,000 individual application developers and dozens of companies, investors, and stakeholders in the apps ecosystem.

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