Chicago takes a home a bundle of Telly Awards


The 41st annual Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, has announced the 2020 winners.

With a collection of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, Chicago-based standouts range from Bottle Rocket Media’s “Nicholas Brinley Experiences” and Studio 1847’s “Make It With Menards: Glassblower Jason Wein” to There Be Dragons LLC’s “Dustburgs” and Iron LightPACO Collective, WTTW and Demo Duck.

Bottle Rocket Media:
GOLD for Nicholas Brinley Experiences
BRONZE for American Girl – Bowling Alley Promo
BRONZE for The Peninsula Hotel – Chicago

STUDIO 1847:
GOLD for Make It With Menards: Glassblower Jason Wein
GOLD for Chicago Strong: Respect 90 Foundation
SILVER for Studio 1847 Brand Reel
SILVER for Jewel-Osco: Growing A Grocer
SILVER for Make It With Menards: Rustic Renovators
BRONZE for Locally Grown: Mullen’s Applesauce

There Be Dragons:
GOLD for Dustburgs
2 BRONZE for Dustburgs
SILVER for The PowerStop Trail to SEMA
3 BRONZE for The PowerStop Trail to SEMA

PACO Collective:
SILVER for NIPSCO “The Hoosier Knows” Campaign
BRONZE for NIPSCO “The Hoosier Knows” Campaign
BRONZE for Blue Cross Blue Shield “MyBlueHealth” Campaign
BRONZE for Blue Cross Blue Shield “MyBlueHealth” – Those Who Believe
BRONZE for Blue Cross Blue Shield “MyBlueHealth” – Zero is Good

Iron Light:
3 SILVER for Save Our States: Preserving the Electoral College
SILVER for Pain in the Gas: Illinois’ Gas Tax Hike
BRONZE for American+Will
BRONZE for Pelican Institute: Jobs & Opportunity in Louisiana

BRONZE for “The Frank Capra Story: A Wonderful Life”

Demo Duck:
SILVER for “Lenovo ThinkSmart Manager”

The 41st Annual Telly Awards Honors Winners Sony Music, Partizan, HBO Latin America, ESPN Films, BBC, iHeart Media, Narratively CreativeWarner Bros., and Disney.

The Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, has announced this year’s winners, including Jeff Buckley’s “Sky Blue Skin” music video from Sony Music EntertainmentPartizan’s Hewlett Packard “Print the Holidays” Christmas commercial (helmed by French director Michel Gondry), and the exciting psychological deepdive “Do We Have Free Will?” from BBC Reels, as well as a short branded documentary from Square.

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, Fast CompanyBone+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 some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology.

View all of the winners of The 41st Telly Awards at HERE.

COVID-19 content creativity takes center stage as CBS Interactive is named ‘Telly Company of the Year’ for second year in a row 

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.’ A leader in pioneering insightful and inspiring video content online and off, 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 Toyotaperfectly exemplify this year’s theme celebrating the inspiring power of storytelling.

“Our work exists to highlight and honor exemplary storytelling across all screens,” explains Telly Awards Managing Director Sabrina Dridje. “And now is a more important time than ever to give a platform to those creators bringing us global stories. Last season, we were blown away by work that highlighted social injustice and celebrated diverse work cultures, including piecesthat showed us the excellent work being done by humanitarian groups around the world and international communities striving for more equal playing fields for the marginalized. As our season came to a close during the pandemic, however, we were equally impressed by the work that was being produced in this difficult climate to continue to highlight stories that otherwise would not find an audience.”

The diverse array of this year’s winners speaks to the continued growth in creative approaches to the rising digital video production, storytelling, and distribution landscape. To continue broadening its reach across social and digital video artists and spaces, the Telly Awards has expanded its industry partnerships to include VidCon and Social Media Week. This year’s content was judged by a panel of the most diverse and elite group of television and video industry leaders in the awards’ history, including HP Global Head of Virtual Reality Joanna Popper, Vice President of Production at Complex Networks David Weinstein, and Edelman Creative Newsroom Director Annie Granatstein.

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 celebratethe increase in social video and documentary work that addresses global issues, two new categories — ‘Social Impact’ and ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ — were also 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.

To further celebrate storytelling across all screens, The Telly Awards also ran the annual ‘Film & Video Night’ screening series throughout the 41st season — curated from past winners, judges, and partners. Programming featured standout work from the likes of CNN’s Great Big Storydroga5, Square, WeTransfer, RadicalMedia, and independent artist and animator Andrew Myers with hugely successful screenings in New York, Toronto, London, and Amsterdam. As the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold, the Tellys pivoted to share this work online in the form of a Facebook Watch Party, safely continuing to bring engaging and relevant content to the community it serves. All of this work can still be enjoyed on the Telly Awards Facebook page.

41st Annual Telly highlights from this year’s winners include:

Immersersive & 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 


  • Sony Music Entertainment won for Jeff Buckley’s “Sky Blue Skin” music video in Non-Broadcast: Art Direction
  • Culture Trip won for “Send It Worldwide – Culture Trip x GoPro” in Cinematography 
  • Accenture won for “Health Tech Innovation ” in Direct Marketing 
  • AJ +won for “Locked Up For Being Poor” in Documentary: Series

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