New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Announces 2010 International Grand Jury - NYF recruits ESPN, National Geographic TV & Film, NASA/Honeywell

New York, NY January 4, 2010: New York Festivals, now in its 53rd year of honoring the “World’s Best Work™”, announced its 2010 Television & Film Awards Grand Jury. The Grand Jury, appointed by the competition’s director Rose Anderson, encompasses the prestigious companies and high caliber executives that only a 20 year veteran of the industry could recruit. This year’s Grand Jury includes producers, directors, writers, composers, filmmakers, and other creative independent professionals from companies around the globe, recognized for contributing some of the most captivating programs in the mediums of television and film.

“It’s such an honor to have these internationally respected media professionals on the 2010 Grand Jury, their stellar reputations and contributions to the industry will engage the TV & film community and generate buzz for the competition,” commented Rose Anderson. The 2010 Grand Jury roster includes the following prominent US companies: BET; Big Ten Network; Bloomberg; Con Edison; ESPN; NASCAR Images; NASA/Honeywell; National Geographic TV & Film; Sports Video Group; Turner Entertainment Networks; WETA and Yahoo Sports.


Companies recruited from the international media community: Astro Entertainment Sdn. Bhd, Kuala Lumpur; Australian Broadcasting, Australia; Big Studios Inc, Canada; Command Associates Limited, Finland; DDB Costa Rica; Futurecom Interactive AG, Germany; GMA Network, Inc., Philippines; INALTA, Brazil; Just a Minute Words and Pictures, Canada; Mercator Group, Russia; Norvell Jefferson, Belgium; Radio Television Hong Kong, Hong Kong; SOLID&HALLERFILM, Switzerland; The Edge Picture Company, UK; Vogel Audiovision, Austria; and Wilder Films, UK. The 2010 Grand Jury represents the most respected and influential minds in the television and film industry. To see the complete list of New York Festivals 2010 Television & Film Awards Grand Jury, go to www.newyorkfestivals.com.

Paul Gower, Creative Director of Wilder Films, 2010 Grand Jury member and 2009 Grand Award recipient, commented: “When judging a piece of creative work, I ask myself some basic questions: Does it answer the brief? Does it answer the brief with style? Do I get it? And does it evoke an emotional response in me, in other words, does it make me smile, laugh, cry, think, feel uplifted, etc. If a film does all, or most of these things, then it gets a big thumbs up from me.” Grand Jury member Phil Blundell, Managing Director of The Edge Picture Company, last year’s Production Company of the Year, remarked: “In such a tough and unprecedented year for business, it will be fascinating to see what sorts of films were made around the world. Business and budgets were under pressure like never before, whilst motivating and communicating effectively with employees was of paramount importance. I’m really looking forward to seeing how film and television played its role, and for the NYF to once again showcase the world’s very best examples.”

New York Festivals’ on line judging system ensures that each entry receives the proper amount of time and attention in an environment free from outside distractions and unsolicited opinions, allowing judges to dedicate as much time as necessary to review the work. The television categories in NYF’s World's Best TV Programs & Films include news, documentary, information and entertainment programming, music video, infomercial, promotion, spots, openings, and IDs. The film & video categories include feature length, short and documentary films, informational, educational, corporate and industrial film productions, as well as home video and student productions.

To view a complete list of the 2010 categories, visit www.newyorkfestivals.com

All winning entries of the 2010 World's Best TV Programs & Films will be featured in the showcase section of New York Festivals website and promoted by our network of international representatives in 84 countries around the world.

All press inquiries are welcome and should be directed to
Gayle Mandel:gmandel@internationalawardsgroup.com
Ph: 1 212 643 4800.

International Awards Group organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands: AME Awards for Advertising Marketing Effectiveness; Hive Awards for the Unsung Heroes of the Internet; Innovative Advertising Awards; Midas Awards for Financial Services Communications; The Global Awards for Healthcare Communications; NYF Advertising in All Media Awards; NYF Television & Film; and NYF Radio Programming & Promotions. Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. Founded in 1957, IAG and their brands now have representation in 84 countries. For more information, go to www.newyorkfestivals.com



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