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World’s largest award for excellence in video & TV across all screens unveils new nationwide campaign – “A Story For Every Screen” – with event series, judges, and partnerships

Early entry deadline is December 7th, 2018


New York, NY (October 23, 2018) – Kicking off its 40th year as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards today launched its annual call for entries with new categories honoring outstanding work in serialized branded content and live video.

The call for entries launches alongside a 40th anniversary campaign dubbed “A Story For Every Screen.” The celebration will include a new original online video series and a national film night series in major markets throughout the U.S., including Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

Reflecting the recent revitalization of The Telly Awards for the multi-screen era, the monthly series will feature interviews with executives representing the full range of video producers, including Vimeo, Dow Jones, iNK Stories, Fast Company, Inc., the American Theatre Wing, Eko, PwC, and Juniper Jones.

To further advance the industry, The Telly Awards will partner with Storyhunter to support “A Story For Every Screen” with a national film night series showcasing the world’s most innovative television and video work for all screens. Featuring a range of content, including branded, animation, and short-form documentaries, the films will be created by companies including Vice, Great Big Story, National Geographic, and RYOT Studios. Taking place in Chicago (November 7th), New York (November 14th), Los Angeles (March 2019), and San Francisco (April 2019), the series will also include conversations about emerging video and television trends with leaders from Framestore, host of the Chicago screening, Gizmodo Media Group, host of the New York City screening, National Geographic, and Great Big Story.

Telly Awards entries will be evaluated by a roster of judges drawn from a diverse mix of television and video industry leaders. Among this year’s first-time judges are David Gerlach from A&E Networks, Kate Dohaney from Dow Jones, Courtney Coupe from Great Big Story, and David Lennon from Vice.

The Telly Awards also announced expanded partnerships with a selection of key industry leaders including IFP, ProductionHUB, The WrapPro, and VR/AR Association.

Founded in 1979 to honor commercials made for cable and local TV, The Telly Awards recently renewed itself for the multi-screen era. Throughout 2017-2018, the Tellys refashioned its categories to honor the type of work being made by leading producers, including branded content, social video, and animation, and worked with industry experts to identify categories where technology plays an important role in the ways stories are now being told.

“The last two years have been an exciting renewal period for The Telly Awards, and we’re proud to cap it off with a 40th anniversary celebration that will not only showcase the Tellys online, but also bring a live sampling to audiences in the nation’s biggest cities,” said Tellys managing director Sabrina Dridje, who was tapped to lead the ambitious revitalization. “We’re excited to celebrate 40 years as the industry’s top honors with a fresh identity that reflects the dynamism and vitality of the industry we honor.”

The revitalization efforts included a new branding initiative reflecting video’s omnipresence on screens of all shapes and sizes, as well as a new editorial platform that allows industry leaders to share best practices, analyses, and opinions on creating, distributing, and monetizing video and television. The Telly Awards also launched a new winners gallery to serve as a showcase for the most innovative work done by Telly Award winners since 2014.

Last year, The Telly Awards attracted more than 12,000 entries from top video content producers including Conde Nast, Showtime, Refinery29, RadicalMedia, and Ogilvy & Mather.

To enter work in The 40th Annual Telly Awards, visit The deadline for early entries is December 7th, 2018. Winners will be announced in May 2019.




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About The Telly Awards

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 multi-screen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include NAB, StudioDaily, Stash Magazine, and Digiday.


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