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A stellar lineup of judges for has just been named for the first Annual BookReel Awards honoring the best Book Trailers across a wide variety of categories.

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"“What MTV did for music videos and record sales, BookReels wants to do for book trailers and book sales,” Dan Rosen. C.E.O. BookReels

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The number one website for book trailers, announces the judges for the first Annual BookReel Awards honoring the best Book Trailers across a wide variety of categories. The nominees will be announced via our judge’s Twitter feed out to their 1.5 million followers on Wednesday, June 3, during the Book Expo of America in New York City and the winners will be announced via Twitter on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Our Judges:

Danny Strong is the creator/writer of the massive Fox hit Empire and the award winning writer of Recount, Game Change, The Butler and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 And 2. Danny will be selecting the Best Literary Trailer @Dannystrong has 15.7K Twitter followers.

Tess Gerritsen created the wildly successful Rizzoli & Isles mystery series which inspired the hit TNT series of the same name. Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world. Tess is choosing the Best Mystery/Thriller Book Trailer. @tessgerritsen has 32.7K twitter followers.

The star of three hit television series Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Melissa & Joey, Melissa Joan Hart is also the author of the best selling memoir, Melissa Explains It All: Tales From My Abnormally Normal Life in the fall of 2013. Melissa is choosing The Best Book Trailer OF The Year. @MelissaJoanHart has 594K Twitter followers.

Kathy Reich’s many bestselling Temperance Brennan novels include Death Du Jour, Deadly Décisions, Bare Bones, and Bones Of The Lost. In addition, Kathy co-authors the Virals young adult series with her son, Brendan Reichs. Kathy is also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her novels. Kathy is choosing The Best YA Book Trailer. @KathyReichs has 102K Twitter followers

Best known for her role as Barbra Jean in the television comedy series Reba and as Bonnie Wheeler in the hit ABC Family series Baby Daddy, Melissa Peterman is also the host of ABC Family's Dancing Fools and CMT’S The Singing Bee. Melissa is picking the The Sexiest Book Trailer. @Followtheblonde has 126K Twitter followers.

David Hayter wrote the first two X-Men movies directed by Bryan Singer and the screenplays for The Watchmen, The Scorpion King and Wolves which he also directed. David is also a successful actor and video game voice over artist voicing the role of Snake in the international blockbuster video game series Metal Gear Solid as well as many other titles including Star Wars- The Old Republic. Dave is selecting this the Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Trailer. @DavidBHayter has 84.7K Twitter followers.

Among countless television credits, Eva La Rue is best known for the role of Natalia Boa Vista on CBS' CSI:Miami, one of the most watched and syndicated shows in the world. She received an Emmy nominated for ABC's All My Children. Eva is picking the Best Memoir Book Trailer. @ImEvaLaRue has 213K twitter followers.

The New York Times bestselling author of eleven suspense novels, including Paranoia, the basis for the Harrison Ford/Gary Oldman movie; and High Crimes, the basis for the Morgan Freeman/Ashley Judd movie, Joe Finder has also won several awards including his latest novel The Fixer (Dutton), will be published in June 2015. Joe is choosing the Best Horror Book Trailer. @JoeFinder has 17.4 Twitter followers.

Youtube superstar, Taryn Southern is a singer, actress, writer, video blogger and the creator and star of Taryn Tv (over 400,000 subscribers). Her online videos have received more than 100 million hits. She currently is working on a book (Self Help For The Digital Soul) and a new show for Maker Studios called The Taryn Show. Taryn is picking the Funniest Book Trailer of the Year. @TarynSouthern has 83.5K Twitter followers.

Josh Lawson is an award winning writer, director and actor. He wrote and directed the festival award winning film The Little Death, which will be released in theaters on June 26th, 2015. He has starred in feature films Anchorman 2, Dog Fight, The Wedding Party, Freeloaders and Crave. He is currently starring opposite Don Cheadle in the Showtime series House Of Lies. Josh is choosing The Best Performance by an Author in a Book Trailer. @joshlaw81 has 35.7 Twitter followers.

Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy-nominated writer for Conan on TBS, and has performed stand up on Conan, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. Her book, Shitty Mom, was a NY Times bestseller and she just taped her first comedy special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad. Laurie is choosing the Best Humor Book Trailer. @anylaurie16 has 40.8K Twitter followers.

Maz Jobrani is an international touring stand up comic, actor, author and a regular panelist on NPRr’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. He’s performed stand-up on The Tonight Show The Late Late Show, and two Showtime specials. He most recently starred and co-wrote the award-winning indie comedy Jimmy Vestwood: Amerikan Hero. Simon & Schuster just published his first book I’m Not A Terrorist But I’ve Played One On Tv. Maz is choosing The Best Animated Book Trailer. @MazJobrani has 33.8K Twitter followers.

Will Swenson earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Berger in the Broadway revival of Hair. He has also appeared on Broadway in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 110 in the Shade, Lestatand Brooklyn. His films include The Switch, Sons of Provo (also directed) and This Is Where I Leave You. Will is picking The Best Children's Book Trailer. @thewillswenson has 20.5K Twitter followers.

Erica Rhodes has worked on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" since the age of ten. Today, Erica is a fast-rising actress and comedian, with upcoming appearances on Comics Unleashed, Comedy Bang Bang, Gotham Comedy Live, and the Moontower Comedy Festival. Erica is selecting the Most Bizarre Book Trailer. @ericarhodes has 70K followers.

Pushcart Prize-winning author Jerry Stahl has written many books, including the memoir Permanent Midnight (made into a film with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson), and the novels Pain Killers, Bad Sex On Speed, Happy Mutant Baby Pills, Perv: A Love Story, and I, Fatty (optioned by Johnny Depp). Jerry is choosing the Best Celebrity Cameo Performance in a Book Trailer. @somejerrystahl Has 14.7K followers.

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