a welcome letter from
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of The Telly Awards. Forty years of honoring video and television. Forty years of charting the evolution of this dynamic industry. We’ve come a long way since our inaugural season in 1979! From betamax tapes to urls, 30 second commercials to 30min VR pieces, from one TV box to multiple screens.
This past season, we wanted to ensure that this evolution was not only recognized, but put front and center across all our initiatives. Over a monumental year for The Telly Awards, we fully embraced work created for all screens and revitalized our own look and feel to reflect this. This was reflected in the incredible work we saw throughout our 39th season. From branded content to social video, VR to commercials, this truly was a season that celebrated stories made for every screen. New forms of video and television were created to find audiences where they already are – on social networks, on digital platforms and very much connected 24/7.
More than ever, The Telly Awards became an industry voice and champion for your work, a connector of creatives from all disciplines, a platform to celebrate creators. From editorial interviews with the BBC, National Geographic, and PwC, to panels and discussions featuring innovative voices from RYOT, Vimeo, and Great Big Story.
As we celebrate 40 years of celebrating you, we will continue to grow this; solidifying our efforts in celebrating your work year-round.
We are excited to announce our theme for the year which encapsulates our industry, an industry that ensures there is A Story for Every Screen. This will reflect across all we do including our inaugural screening series; showcasing work from Telly Awards winners and judges in cities across the US and providing an exclusive opportunity to hear from the creators behind it. Keep an eye out in our newsletters and website for more announcements on this as well as information on our new categories for this season, including expanded craft categories for VR and Branded Content and the introduction of a suite of Live Video categories.
Last but not least, I am thrilled to announce that we will be bestowing the title of Telly Award Company of The Year to the organization with the biggest body of Telly-winning work at the end of our 40th season.
From all of us here at The Telly Awards, the very best of luck—and as always, do not hesitate to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s to the next 40 years!
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The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens.
We are currently reviewing categories, expanding the Telly Awards Judging Council and programming a number of partner events throughout the year. Check back soon for updates on this but two key dates for your diary!
Entries open: October 22nd 2019
Winners announced: May 2020
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what we honor/our history
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. With the recent evolution and rise of digital video (web series, VR, 360 and beyond), the Telly Awards today also reflects and celebrates this exciting new era of the moving image on and offline.
The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. The Telly Awards recognizes work that has been created on the behalf of a client, for a specific brand and/or company (including your own) or self-directed as a creative endeavor.
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The Telly Awards are judged by members of the Telly Awards Judging Council, a group of over 200+ working industry who have previously won the Telly Awards highest accolade and as such, have demonstrable expertise in the categories they review.
All members of the Telly Awards Judging Council must apply and be accepted after their credentials are verified. To see our judges, find out more and to apply, click here.
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Telly Award Winners
We are very proud to include the following amongst previous Telly Award Winners:
AOL Studios, BET Networks, Bloomberg, CBS Interactive, Comcast, Conde Nast, DigiDojo, Discovery Communications, ESPN, FleishmanHillard, Fox, HBO, Hearst, HOBO, HuffPost, Indigo Films, IW Group, Microsoft, MLB, NBC, Ogilvy and Mather, Refinery29, SapientNitro, Story House, Team Coco Digital, The Guardian, The History Channel, Time Warner, Tiny Hero, Trailer Park, Viacom, VML, WSJ
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