GMU-TV Receives Multiple Awards for Public Service Announcements

Posted: April 23, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

University Police Detective Brian Bannon and GMU-TV’s Amanda Kraus recently received multiple national awards for their six-part series of Police Public Service Announcements (PSAs), including a Telly Award, a Communicator Award, an Aurora Award and the Award of Distinction.

The PSAs, featuring Bannon and officers Patricia Millan, Calvin Chandler, Kim Taylor and Kevin Barrett, highlight some of the safety programs offered by University Police. In addition, several other officers and police cadets collaborated as extras in the campaign.

“The experience of making it was rewarding enough,” says Bannon. “It was great working with GMU-TV and the other officers, and seeing something that I had jotted down on a sheet of paper a few weeks earlier develop into an influential piece that helps the community.”

Among the 13,000 entries for the Telly Awards, the PSA from GMU-TV focusing on the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class offered at Mason was selected as a production worthy of the honor. Each entry was judged by top advertising and production professionals in an effort to recognize creative excellence in the communications field.

The Award of Distinction came during the Videographer Awards. The PSAs were selected as “projects that exceeded industry standards.” Winners were selected in 174 categories under the headings of television, video and new media productions.

“These awards are a very big deal and signify that GMU-TV is meeting a very high standard,” says Kraus, who produced and directed the PSA series. “In a creative field like this, it’s great to be recognized by other professionals in the industry.”

The PSAs have been shown during various presentations and student orientations. University Police are currently working on making the PSAs available to view online at their web site.

This spring, GMU-TV and University Police will collaborate again, this time to create a University Police recruitment video.

For more information and complete lists of winners, visit the Videographer Awards and the Telly Awards web sites.

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