During the past four years, Honest Trailers has become an online hit, racking up millions of views of its movie-trailer spoofs. On July 14, the YouTube series, produced by Defy Media, added an Emmy nomination to its stat sheet. A recent rule change allowed it to compete for an Emmy alongside such shortform variety series as Epic Rap Battles of History and Gay of Thrones — both also first-time nominees.In March, the Television Academy announced it would expand its live-action shortform awards from two (entertainment program and nonfiction program) to five, adding a category for comedy or drama series and one each for actor and actress. The rules also clarified that a series is defined as having a season of six episodes — averaging 15 minutes in length — or more. The winners will be announced Sunday, Sept. 11, the second day of the newly split two-day Creative Arts Emmys ceremony. Variety nominee Epic Rap Battles of History.The rule changes set off a flurry of submissions in the digital world among dozens of shows. "Hopefully, it is inspiration to take the form seriously and show that we hold ourselves to a higher standard than putting a piece of bread on a cat's head and taping it," says Honest Trailers writer Spencer Gilbert.