PBS SoCal KOCE Receives Five Awards in the 38th Annual Telly Awards

LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2017 – PBS SoCal KOCE was awarded five Telly Awards in the categories of History, Culture, Branded Content/Entertainment and Biography.  Over 13,000 entries were received from the U.S. and around the world for outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.

PBS SoCal’s winning entries included:

Buried History with Mark Walberg – Silver Telly Award for TV History Programming; China’s Challenges: Can China be Harmonious – Silver Telly for TV Cultural Programming; Variety Studio: Actors on Actors – Silver Telly for Branded Content/TV Entertainment Programming; Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous – Bronze Telly for TV Biography Programming; and Korla – Bronze Telly for TV Biography Programming.

Winners represent the best work of the most respected television stations, production companies, advertising agencies, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.

“We are always pleased when our organization’s work is recognized by a panel of our peers,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of PBS SoCal. “We are fortunate to partner with talented producers to tell these stories.”

The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather, entries are judged against a high standard of merit.  Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, the highest honor.  Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly.

More about the winning submissions

Buried History with Mark Walberg (PBS SoCal co-production with dick clark company, Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award-nominee)

Starting with the tombstones of those integral to the birth of a small-town American city to their present-day descendants, host Mark Walberg pieces together the clues about each town’s genealogy. Generations of history are revealed including facts, folklore, legend, and scandal.

China’s Challenges: Can China be Harmonious (PBS SoCal co-production with The Kuhn Foundation, produced in association with Shanghai Media Group, Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award-winner)

This program explores how China is tackling critical issues, including disparities in wealth and education, social clashes, severe pollution, competing priorities, and tensions between China’s rich traditional culture and its rapidly modernizing society.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (PBS SoCal co-production with Variety Media, LLC, multi- Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award-winner) This series of programs takes viewers inside films and TV shows through conversations – Actor to Actor — with today’s most acclaimed stars.

Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous (PBS SoCal co-production with Page 124 productions, and Golden Mike winner)

This documentary tells the story of William G. Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, who found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow.

Korla (PBS SoCal co-production with Korla, LLC)

The amazing story of John Roland Redd, an African American from Columbia, Missouri, who migrated to Hollywood in 1939 and in order to overcome the racial barriers of the time, reinvented himself as a musician from India. The newly-named Korla Pandit found fame as an actor, spiritual guide and recording artist, and was later celebrated by a new generation of fans who crowned him the Godfather of Exotica music.

About PBS SoCal

PBS SoCal KOCE is the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California. We deliver the full schedule of PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. Our content is available free through four broadcast channels, at pbssocal.org, on our mobile apps, and via connected TV services. We provide the community with early education resources and cultural and educational experiences through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach. PBS SoCal has offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles. Connect with us at pbssocal.org and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

About the Telly Awards

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premiere award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world.

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