• Friday, Jun. 5, 2020
Sony Music, Partizan, BBC among winners at 41st Telly Awards
Among this year's Telly-honored work was Hewlett-Packard's "Print the Holidays" directed by Michel Gondry of Partizan for Goodby Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco.
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The Telly Awards has unveiled this year’s winners, including Jeff Buckley’s “Sky Blue Skin” music video from Sony Music Entertainment, Partizan’s Hewlett-Packard “Print the Holidays” Christmas commercial (directed by Michel Gondry), and the exciting psychological deepdive “Do We Have Free Will?” from BBC Reels. Under this year’s “Telly Awards Winners Tell Great Stories” theme, standouts encompass directors, editors, animators, producers, technologists, and more across a wide range of industries, company sizes, and regions including Viacom Velocity, Autodesk, HBO Latin America, Adult Swim, Condé Nast, BBC, CNN, Bone+Gold, and Beauregard Media, along with international work from the likes of Culture Trip and Christie’s Auction House (United Kingdom), Taxi (Australia), Al Jazeera (Qatar), and FJ Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honors video and television made for all screens and is judged by the Telly Award Judging Council, a group of leading video and television experts from prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology.

View all of the winners of The 41st Telly Awards here.

Additionally, the Telly Awards is once again spotlighting years of achievement in multi-platform narratives by naming CBS Interactive as the Telly Company of the Year on the strength of video content for properties such as 60 Minutes Overtime on CBS News and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert along with branded content for the likes of Google, Oculus Quest, and Toyota.

Building on the categories of years past, the 41st Telly Awards has added a suite of new Immersive & Mixed Reality categories. Winners in this suite include “Star Wars: 5G Sith Jet Trooper” from immersive media company RYOT and “Bonfire,” an interactive film voiced by comedian Ali Wong, from VR animation company Baobab Studios. Additionally, in order to better celebrate the increase in social video and documentary work that addresses global issues, two new categories--Social Impact and Diversity & Inclusion--were added. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many pieces dealing with the fallout of the crisis were submitted, spanning fully animated explainer videos, stunning drone footage of empty cities, and a heartfelt and inspiring choreographed Zoom performance from The Juilliard School. The latter features over 100+ of the school’s alumni, including legendary musician Yo-Yo Ma, performing “Bolero” utilizing their unique talents to showcase the incredible power of art to draw people together, even in a time of unprecedented separation.

Highlights from this year’s Telly winners include:

Immersive & Mixed Reality

  • RYOT won for “Star Wars: 5G Sith Jet Trooper” in Use of Interactivity
  • Baobab Studios won for “Bonfire” in Animation
  • Al Jazeera Media Network, Digital Division won for “Still Here” in Social Impact
  • Dell Technologies won for Alienware “Unleash The Power” VR Experience in Use of Interactivity 

Branded Content 

  • Narratively Creative won for “The Story of Your Name” in Branded Content: Fully Animated Piece
  • Partizan won for Hewlett Packard’s “Print the Holidays” in Branded Content: Art Direction
  • SoulPancake won for “Class of 2019” in Series: Non-Scripted
  • Apartment Therapy won for “The Journey Home” in Campaign: Business-to-Consumer

Television Series/Shows/Segments

  • American Documentary won for “America Reframed: Intelligent Lives” in Diversity & Inclusion
  • Smithsonian Channel won for “America in Color: Coming to America” in Use of Archival Footage 
  • PBS won for “For Sama - Featurette” in Documentary
  • NASA/Hubble won for “NASA’s Incredible Discovery Machine: The Story of the Hubble Space Telescope” in Use of Archival Footage 

Online Series/Shows/Segments 

  • BBC Reels won for “Do We Have Free Will?” in Online: Documentary Series
  • Sesame Workshop won for “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon” in Children
  • Great Big Story won for “Shine” in Webseries: Documentary
  • Condé Nast Entertainment won for “RuPaul Answers Increasingly Personal Questions | Slow Zoom | Vanity Fair” in Directing 

Social Video

  • Beauregard Media won for ”SHEROES” in Social Video: Sports & Leisure
  • The Juilliard School won for “Bolero Julliard” in Social Video: Arts & Entertainment
  • J. Paul Getty Museum won for “Getty Unshuttered Artists” in Public Service & Activism
  • Malala Fund won for “Malala Fund’s ‘Roll Call’” in Not-For-Profit

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