Pro Sports Programming Scores at NYF’s TV & Film Awards

New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards  has honored the World’s Best TV & Films℠ since 1957. The competition celebrates the world’s most compelling stories being created today across all platforms in all lengths and forms­— sports, journalism, documentary, corporate, promos, films, and drama.

People around the globe passionately follow sports and New York Festivals award-winning entries in multiple sports categories showcase some of the world’s most popular pro sporting events.  From in-depth sports journalism, to riveting live coverage of national and international sporting events, NYF recognizes breakthrough broadcast sports programming of some of the most watched events in the world. In 2016, the TV & Film Awards competition honored exceptional Pro-Sports programming from high profile networks earning them both top honors and global recognition.

“With tremendous technology advances and inventions driving how programs are made and how viewers consume them, sports producers and directors are taking advantage of every new development from VR and AR to 3D, GoPro and 360 cameras to drive engagement across platforms and bring that LIVE excitement home. In the turbo-charged landscape of next-generation broadcast graphics, innovation meets creativity for motion graphics that are game changers themselves. NYF showcases the work of the hundreds of men and women behind the scenes who put together those really complex events,” said Rose Anderson, VP, Executive Director, New York Festivals TV & Film Awards.

Pro sporting events are played on the world stage and New York Festivals honored Fox Sports and their coverage of the world’s most popular sport, soccer, with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Gold-winning Sports Special was broadcast, 250+ hours, nationally and digitally. Two studio crews and five game crews worked on the 52 matches and day and night studio programming. The final match of the tournament reached over 31 million viewers, including out-of-home numbers, which made it the most watched soccer match in American television history.

ESPN’s sports journalism and coverage of special events catapulted the network into the spotlight. The sports powerhouse earned the coveted title of Broadcaster of the Year for the 8th year based on their cumulative medal count. ESPN’s programming explored a wide variety of topical subjects and their focus on professional sports was recognized with an incredible 12 Gold World Medals, 10 Silver World Medals, 4 Bronze, and 14 Finalists Certificates. SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship program, and Outside the Lines sports journalism saw multiple episodes earn Gold World Medals for their in-depth issue driven stories.

The innovative techniques used in ESPN’s opens resulted in Gold Medals for “Monday Night Football Open,” “Monday Night Football Chalk Talk Animation,” and “Special Olympics Opening.” To create the Special Olympics opener, narrated by Oscar winner Julianne Moore, ESPN used four crews traveling to six continents to document the stories of 14 athletes.

In the long-form and studio areas, MLB Network scored a Gold World Medal for “The Story of Billy Bean” and a Bronze for “Studio 21.” The award-winning Social Issues documentary, explores the experience of Billy Bean, one of two Major League Baseball players to publicly come out as gay. The documentary was hosted by Bob Costas and detailed Bean’s decision to leave the game in 1996. His courageous decision followed the death of his partner and his return to the game came 18 years later as MLB’s first Ambassador for Inclusion.

MLB Network’s “Studio 21” was awarded the Bronze for Best Innovation for their new state-of-the-art, 8,000-square foot studio that is home to three daily studio shows. Named in honor of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, “Studio 21” changes the way MLB Network studio programming is presented, using at least five multi-camera studio positions and cutting-edge technology adaptable to any show, story or club, from hanging video displays to augmented reality graphic components. MLB also earned a Bronze World Medal for “MLB Tonight.”

Storytelling also played a part in openings. “Grand National Opener” by Evoke Films, UK for ITV network was in the winner’s circle earning 2 Gold World Medals for both Open and Production Design. Their innovative opening film for the National Hunt horse race for channel 4 told the epic history of this ultimate equine endurance race. T he award-winning film, performed by James Nesbitt, was shown to the 9 million viewers of the Grand National, just before the race on Channel 4.

NYF also honors original programming created by the professional teams themselves. The San Francisco 49ers earned the Bronze World Medal for their documentary “The Rock.”  The award-winning entry illustrated how faithfulness is discovered on one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks—Alcatraz, and how the history of Alcatraz and the 49ers have always been entwined.

The Television & Film Awards gala will take place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25th, 2017. Award-winning entries will be showcased on the NYF Television & Film Awards website. To View the 2016 TV & Film Awards Recap Video please visit: HERE.

For more information on New York Festivals Television & Film Awards competition please visit the website www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/.

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