PBS SoCal Earns Six Telly Awards in the 39th Annual Celebration of the Best in Television

LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2018 – PBS SoCal (KOCE) is proud to announce it earned six Telly Awards for its original programming in the categories of Social Responsibility, Branded Content/Entertainment Culture, and Individual Documentary. In its 39th year, the Telly Awards honors excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials, non-broadcast video and TV programs.

PBS SoCal’s winning entries are:

  • China’s Challenges: Transforming China’s Economy and Society – Silver Telly for TV Cultural Programming
  • Take Me Home Huey – Bronze Telly Award for TV Social Responsibility Programming
  • Variety Studio: Actors on Actors – Bronze Telly for Branded Content/TV Entertainment Programming
  • Big Voice – Bronze Telly for TV Individual Documentary Programming
  • The 58th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration — Silver Telly – Television / Live Event and Bronze Telly – Television / Craft Director

“We are honored for these recognitions for our content, as it affirms we are creating high-quality programming that resonates with audiences,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of PBS SoCal. “We strive to tell stories that matter – and which reflect the uniqueness and diversity of our Southern California community, and provide a West Coast voice to PBS nationwide.”

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates.

More about the winning submissions:

 China’s Challenges: Transforming China’s Economy and Society  (PBS SoCal co-production with The Kuhn Foundation, produced in association with Shanghai Media Group (ICS))

This program explores how China’s new vision of growth and development hopes to transform the country’s economy and society.

Take Me Home Huey  (PBS SoCal co-production with Light Horse Legacy, Inc.)

Shares the journey of a Medevac helicopter, nearly destroyed during the Vietnam War, as it is resurrected and transformed into colorful sculpture to help heal surviving soldiers and families of the fallen.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (PBS SoCal co-production with Variety Media, LLC)

This series of programs takes viewers inside films and television shows through conversations – actor to actor — with today’s most acclaimed stars.

Big Voice (PBS SoCal co-production with Big Voice, LLC)

A year in the lives of a visionary high school choir teacher, and his most advanced choir – a group of students who struggle with the demands of high school life and personal challenges. Big Voice captures the transformative power of a committed teacher who inspires a passion for music, a sense of belonging, and the value of working together to become one big voice.

The 58th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration (Produced in partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in association with CDK Productions.)

Music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of the region celebrate the season during this live, three-hour holiday show.

About PBS SoCal

PBS SoCal (KOCE) is the flagship PBS station for 18 million diverse people across Southern California.  As a member-supported non-profit organization, our mission is to deliver content and experiences that inspire, inform and entertain – over the air, online, in the community and in the classroom. PBS SoCal provides compelling locally produced content, and beloved PBS programs including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Independent Lens, a broad library of documentary films including works from Ken Burns, and educational PBS KIDS programs including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George. Our programs are accessible for free through four broadcast channels, and available for streaming at pbssocal.org, on the PBS mobile apps, and via connected TV services Android TV, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Through PBS SoCal LIVE, we provide in-person arts, culture and civic engagement experiences.  And we support our youngest Southern Californians with essential early childhood education content and services.  Connect with us at pbssocal.org, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

PBS SoCal recently announced plans to merge with KCETLink Media Group, pending regulatory approvals.

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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