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Posted Oct 20, 2010

APT Earns Five Telly Awards

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – October 20, 2010 – Alabama Public Television has earned a total of five Telly Awards in this year’s competition honoring outstanding local programs. APT’s “We Have Signal,” a half-hour music program recorded live at Birmingham’s BottleTree Café, and the trailer for the APT-produced documentary, “Sloss: Industry to Art,” have earned first-place (silver) Telly Awards; the 2009 APT two-part documentary, “Alabama Craft: Tradition and Innovation,” earned three second-place (bronze) Telly Awards. APT received the silver Telly Award for “We Have Signal” in the Sound/Sound Design category and the silver Telly for “Sloss” was in the Movie Trailer category. The production crew for “We Have Signal” are J. Whitson, producer; Matt Whitson, director, audio and editing; Justin Gaar and Christopher E. Holmes, videography; and Paul Rogers, videography and editing. The production crew for “Sloss” includes Chris Holmes, producer/director; J. Whitson, production manager; Justin Gaar, videographer; and Paul Rogers and Matt Whitson, video editors. The three bronze Telly Awards scored by “Alabama Craft” were in the Documentary, Editing and Videography/Cinematography categories. Focusing on the work of potters Jerry Brown and Charles Smith, quilters Mozell Benson and Bettye Kimbrell, glassblower Cal Breed, musical instrument maker Gene Ivey and blacksmith John Phillips, “Alabama Craft” was produced and directed by Andrew Beck Grace with Chris Holmes serving as executive producer, Justin Gaar as cinematographer, J. Whitson as associate producer, Matt Whitson in charge of motion graphics and Paul Rogers as editor. David Hickox wrote the original score. The film was produced in partnership with the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), the APT Foundation, Alabama Power, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and the Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust. About Alabama Public Television Alabama Public Television, which has previously earned three Telly Awards for its productions, was America’s first statewide public television network. Affiliated with the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), it is a seven-day-a-week educational resource for Alabamians of all ages through online services, digital television programming, documentary production and outreach activities. For more information about APT, visit www.aptv.org. About the Telly Awards Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online film and video. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, interactive agencies, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries annually from all 50 states and countries around the world. To find out more about the Telly Awards, visit www.tellyawards.com # # #

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