JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) earned four
Telly Awards for its television productions. The Telly awards recognize creative achievement in television production.
“MPB’s outstanding showing in the Telly awards puts on display the extraordinarily talented people who proudly work to tell Mississippi stories,” said Ronnie Agnew, MPB executive director. “To win the top award, the silver Telly, is an accomplishment in itself. But to win bronze in three other categories against stiff competition is proof that our team responsible for the honor can more than hold their own against their national peers.”
MPB’s Ryan Bohling won a silver Telly and a bronze Telly as director and cinematographer for two promotional spots. “I approach every story from an emotional perspective,” said Bohling. “Whether it's short form, long form, or a promotional campaign, every story has a heartbeat...a persona. That's how we connect with each other as human beings. I look for the heart beat and try to stay true to that.”
Producers Edie Greene and Taiwo Gaynor won a bronze statue each for a series of public service announcements on Freedom Summer. “Edie and I are proud to share the stories of these brave men and women,” said Gaynor. “Freedom Summer in1964 was monumental to bringing about change in Mississippi and America through the fight for civil rights and voting rights.”
Executive producer Kathryn Rodenmeyer won a bronze Telly for the television feature “Southern Remedy: Childhood Immunizations.” Dr. Rick deShazo is the host and producer of the show. While Mississippi has close to a 99 percent compliance rate for vaccinations among school aged children, there is debate over Mississippi’s strict vaccine laws. “Our program tried to provide a forum about public health, the law, and the attitudes among parents when it comes to getting immunized in Mississippi,” said Rodenmeyer.
Mississippi Public Broadcastingprovides relevant instructional and public affairs programming to Mississippians through its statewide television and radio network. MPB enhances the work of educators, students, parents and learners of all ages by providing informative programming and educational resources. MPB’s locally-produced programming focuses on the people, resources and attractions that reflect Mississippi’s unique culture and diverse heritage. Children’s television programs constitute a major portion of the daytime and weekend morning schedules. MPB provides a valuable resource to Mississippians in disseminating information as part of the state’s emergency preparedness and response system. Since 1970, MPB has won over 350 national, regional and statewide awards, including Emmy®, Edward R. Murrow and Parents’ Choice® Awards.