New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards 2014 Winners Announced at NAB
New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, now in its 57th year, announced the World's 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.
"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 we're absolutely delighted to have been crowned NYF's 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. Mazza's 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 winner's 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: "CNN's Anderson Cooper 360: Newtown Tragedy: Victim's Parents Speak Out"; "Reports from Aleppo"; "Arwa Damon"; "Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports" and "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" for Best Nonfiction Series. Channel NewsAsia, MediaCorp's "Silent Screams" and "Living In The Shadows" each earned Gold Medals.
HBO's 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 promo's 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".