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New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards 2014 Winners Announced at NAB


April 09, 2014 --
New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards 2014 Winners Announced at NAB

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 09, 2014

New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards, now in its 57th year, announced the Worlds Best TV & Films winners last night at their annual Gala at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The GrandJury® panel awarded 140 Gold World Medals, 146 Silver, 112 Bronze, and 235 Finalist Certificates from entries submitted from over 50 countries. The following prominent media companies earned the prestigious Grand Award: Endemol Worldwide Distribution, Caryn Mandabach Productions & Tiger Aspect Productions for Peaky Blinders; History Channel for The Men Who Built America; and WIGS for Lauren Season 2.

ESPN USA once again achieved prominence earning the title of Broadcaster of the Year for the 7th consecutive year and took home 10 Gold World Medals,18 Silver, 9 Bronze and 9 Finalist Certificates.

We are proud of the work the people of ESPN do every day, and the great recognition they receive at the NY Festivals is both gratifying and deserved, said John Wildhack, Executive Vice president, Production, ESPN. I am especially pleased that such a wide variety of endeavors have been honored journalism, storytelling, technical expertise, event production and studio shows reflecting the excellence behind all we do.

The Edge Picture Company was recognized with the title of Production Company of the Year for the 8th year in a row. The UK based company earned a total of 10 Gold World Medals, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze and 9 Finalist Certificates.

At The Edge were absolutely delighted to have been crowned NYFs Production Company of the Year for the 8th year running!! This award is testament to the faith our clients put in us year in year out, and to our wonderful, hardworking employees! -Pete Stevenson, Executive Director, The Edge Picture Company

New York Festivals honored David Mazza, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for NBC Sports Group, with the fourth annual New York Festivals Lifetime Achievement Award. For 35 years, Mr. Mazzas technical work has spanned the world of sports, entertainment, and news. Career highlights include: 13 Olympic Games, 13 Wimbledon Championships, 3 Super Bowls, 14 seasons of Championship Boxing on HBO, and 10 seasons of NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics, and President, Operations & Strategy, NBC Sports Group presented the award.

Peaky Blinders Endemol Worldwide Distribution/Caryn Mandabach Productions/Tiger Aspect Productions UK, earned the Grand Trophy for their historic British crime drama. The series chronicles the lawless neighborhoods in the slums of post-war Birmingham, England.

The Men Who Built America History USA earned the Grand Trophy. The 8-hour series recounts the times and lives of the visionary men whose names are synonymous with innovation, big business, and the American Dream.

Lauren Season 2 WIGS USA was honored with the Grand Trophy. Starring Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars) and Jennifer Beals (The L Word, Flashdance), this online entertainment series, although fictionalized, is a brutally honest portrayal of the red tape and bureaucracy that many victims of sexual assault experience while serving in the military. WIGS also earned two Gold World Medals for Best Performance by an Actress with both Troian Belisario and Julia Stiles each earning Gold World Medals.

The 2014 New York Festivals Television & Film Awards saw top international media companies take center stage in competitive categories including: Best Innovation, Special Effect, Technical Production Team, Online Entertainment, Special Event, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The following prominent industry executives and performers presented awards this year: Chris Brown, NAB; Mihai Gadea and Mircea Badea, Antena 3; Aela Callan, Al Jazeera English; Jodain Massad, KC Chiefs; The Blue Rose lead actresses, Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall, and actor Raj Varna; and Roni Selig, CNN.

Entertainment categories were featured prominently in the winners circle with Hollywood blockbuster Pacific Rim Industrial Light & Magic earning the Gold World Medal in Special Effects. Other programs achieving top honors include: Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror Endemol Worldwide Distribution; Boardwalk Empire Director's Chair HBO; and Vicente Ferrer TVE earned Gold Medals. Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013 Special Event and Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale 2013 Variety Special created by Done + Dusted were each recognized with Gold Medals. Two drama programs, In the Net and The Hagedorn Case Westdeutscher Rundfunk were both honored with Gold Medals. Mini-Series earning medals include: Generation War ZDF, UFA Fiction (former teamWorx), and Beta Film; and Barefoot on Red Soil Minoria Absoluta S.L each earning the Gold Medal; and The Bible History earned a Silver World Medal.

News coverage was in the spotlight with multiple entries earning Gold Medals. CNN scored 5 Gold Medals: CNNs Anderson Cooper 360: Newtown Tragedy: Victims Parents Speak Out; Reports from Aleppo; Arwa Damon; Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown for Best Nonfiction Series. Channel NewsAsia, MediaCorps Silent Screams and Living In The Shadows each earned Gold Medals.

HBOs promos were front and center with Gold Medals earned by Louis C.K.; The Newsroom Desert Shoot Trailer True Detective Teaser Trailer; Boxing Fall Shoot Image '13 and Behind The Candelabra Campaign, in addition, Sr. Avila HBO for HBO Latin America Group also received 2 Gold Medals. HBO promos scoring Silver Medals include: Game of Thrones: The Politics of Marriage; #TRUEBLOOD: Live from the Set; Veep S2 Campaign; Boardwalk Empire Campaign; and Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight Tease.

Prime time promos struck Gold this year: National Geographic Channel International took home 4 Gold Medals for The 80s and a Gold for both Explorer Top 125 and Abandoned Combo Promo. NBCs The Voice earned Gold and their Thursday Night Comedies took home a Silver World Medal. Other promos taking home the Gold include: Fox International Channels Italy Cucine da Incubo; Sony Pictures Entertainment Television Iberia Goldberg-New Fall Season 2013; Starzs The White Queen Series Overview; and Turner Latin America Followers.

ESPN scored high with 10 entries earning Gold World Medals: SportsCenter, X Games 2013 Edit Team, Indy 500 Open, E:60 Busted Coverage, Richie Parker: Drive, AJ & Starla: Just Trust, Going Home, Urban Dove Team, JaMarcus Russell: Waking Up, and Matt Woodrum: Run With Me.

Sport-related programming scored multiple medals. Golf Channels In Play with Jimmy Roberts: Reg Murphy and In Play with Jimmy Roberts: Valentino Dixon each earned the Gold. CBS Sports LT: The Life & Times earned a Gold Medal and New Orleans: Let The Good Times Roll took home a Silver World Medal. Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kingdom: Joe Delaney earned a Silver and Chiefs Kingdom: 442nd Fighter Wing earned a Bronze. Major League Baseball earned a Silver for MLB Tonight Open and Harold Reynolds was awarded a Bronze for Best Sports Anchor.

Dr. Doof's Shark Tank Pitch Disney Channels Worldwide earned a Gold Medal in the Online Special Events category. Other successful Online Programming entries earning Gold include: 60 Minutes Overtime CBS Interactive; Forever Mine UFA LAB; and Lauren Season 2 WIGS. Silver Medalists include: 82nd & Fifth The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Manigances Productions; and Memorable Moments: March Madness Yahoo Studios.

The spotlight was on Documentary Programs earning Gold Medals for exceptional storytelling including: The Battle of amfAR Telling Pictures, Inc. /HBO; Everest: 60th Anniversary Al Jazeera Network; Nelson Mandela: The Struggle is my Life (1918-2013) Sky Vision/ Sky1; Children Are Not For Sale ANTENA 3; The Heartland Tapes Smithsonian Channel; Decades Conde Nast Entertainment; Namibia's Desert Kingdom Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH; NATURE: Legendary White Stallions THIRTEEN/WNET/PBS; and Against The Tide Ross Greenburg Productions /Showtime.

Corporate Films receiving top honors include: The Edge Picture Companys Gold World Medalist, Cyber Security. Evolved and Silver award-winners Newseum at 5 Newseum; along with Excellence Lockheed Martin Information Technology.

The newly launched Corporate Social Responsibility category saw a robust number of entries striking Gold including: Basta de Bullying Cartoon Network Latin America; The Man Behind Your Chocolate Nice & Serious; Louise's Story and One Voice The Edge Picture Company; and Swarovski Waterschool Project Pretzel Films earned a Silver World Medal.

Annually NYF, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information, selects entries that exemplify the aims and ideas of the United Nations and honors them with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) awards. It's A Man's World Al Jazeera Network, Current Affairs earned the Gold UNDI Award; CNN Special Projects: Girl Rising CNN, Human Concerns earned the Silver UNDPI; and Lessons Learnt? BDA Creative, Human Concerns was awarded the Bronze UNDPI Award.

New York Festivals 2014 International Television & Film Awards ceremony and acceptance speeches will be available for viewing on the TV & Film Awards website. To view this years award-winning entries click HERE.

Production Hub is the official media sponsor of the 2014 NYF Television & Film Awards.

Photography from the ceremony will be available from Marc Bryan-Brown Photography. Visit:

All press inquiries are welcome and should be directed to Gayle Mandel: gmandel(at)internationalawardsgroup(dot)com, Ph: 1 212 643 4800

About New York Festivals®
New York Festivals organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands:

AME Awards World's Best Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness
The Global Awards World's Best Healthcare & Wellness Advertising
Midas Awards World's Best Financial Advertising
New York Festivals World's Best Advertising
New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs
New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films
Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. For more information, go to

About the 2014 NAB Show
NAB Show, held annually in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With nearly 95,000 attendees from 156 countries and more than 1,500 exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at

About Production Hub
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