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Al Jazzera English wins Broadcaster of the Year Award at 2024 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards

2024 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards Announces Winners; Al Jazzera English Honored for 8th Year with Broadcaster of the Year Award and Zinc Media is Production Company of the Year

2024 Grand Awards: The Great Kanto Earthquake – Three Days of Ruin in Tokyo, White Angel – The End of Marinka, and La Mesías

The New York Festivals 2024 TV & Film Awards announced this year’s New York Festival’s Storytellers Gala winning entries. Engaging content created by world-class storytellers and broadcasters were honored on April 16th at the annual Storytellers Gala.

NYF’s TV & Film Grand Jury recognized captivating content created by global storytellers in the following genres primetime entertainment, documentaries, investigative journalism, sports coverage, promos, streaming media, and brand image films. View the 2024 TV & Film winners’ showcase: HERE

In 2024, Al Jazeera English earned the title of Broadcaster of the Year for the eighth consecutive year, an impressive testament to their consistent excellence in covering international issues and a diverse array of themes. Their in-depth reporting earned Gold trophies across their expansive news and current affairs programming including 101 East, Fault Lines, and Witness. Gold winning work honored: Gold Mafia – The Laundry Service, Fault Lines – The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, Start Here – On The Road, Sudan Exodus, Witness – Rescue Mission Gaza, and 101 East – Myanmar Rohingya VJs.

“We are delighted to be named Broadcaster of the Year by the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards,” said Issa Ali, Acting Managing Director of Al Jazeera English. “This award comes from the hard-working teams at Al Jazeera who are so committed to reporting and telling the stories that matter. In today’s world, we believe good journalism is more important than ever. We are deeply grateful to receive this recognition for the work we do.”

Zinc Media Group was honored with the title of Production Company of the Year for the second consecutive year, renowned for consistently delivering high-quality content for top-tier brands. Among their accolades was the Gold-winning entry for World Mental Health Day 2023, created for client HSBC and the double Gold-winning documentaries Putin vs the West: At War and Bowelbabe: In Her Own Words.

“To be awarded Production Company of the Year for the second consecutive year, amongst such distinguished competition is such an honour. The recognition we’ve received reflects the dedication of everyone within Zinc Media Group and this award is shared among our team, freelancers and collaborators. Thank you to the judges and to the New York Festivals, we’re delighted at the continued recognition of our work.” – Mark Browning, CEO, Zinc Media Group

2024 Grand Awards

White Angel – The End of Marinka (German Television ZDF) – Documentary: – Docudrama earned the 2024 Grand Award. In February 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine, suffering and death descended upon the small town of Marinka in the Donetsk region. Police officer Vasyl Pipa, alongside a team of volunteers, embarked on a mission to evacuate hundreds of people from this frontline town in eastern Ukraine. Dubbed ‘White Angels’ by the grateful residents of Marinka, Pipa and his team operated tirelessly, with Pipa himself recording the dramatic events of their missions through a helmet camera. This is the poignant story behind the images of war and rescue captured by Pipa.

The Great Kanto Earthquake – Three Days of Ruin in Tokyo: Part 1/ Part 2 (NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Documentary: – History & Society. Marking the 100th anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, this program offers a fresh perspective on the events surrounding the disaster, which had long been veiled in mystery. Despite the existence of filmed records from the aftermath, these recordings were flawed, making it challenging to pinpoint locations or times accurately. As a result, the reality of how the citizens of Tokyo confronted this overwhelming disaster remained obscured. The program remastered the film into 8K resolution while also making full use of audio accounts by survivors.

La Mesías – (Movistar Plus+) Entertainment Program: – Drama. This Spanish thriller takes the audience on an emotional and cinematic rollercoaster, delving into themes of trauma, faith, and art as a remedy for horror. The psychological mystery, framed within a family setting, unveils a gripping story never before explored. Filmed across over 30 locations and featuring a cast of more than 170 characters and 3,800 extras, it promises a truly immersive experience.

View the 2024 TV & Film Awards winners’ showcase.

New York Festivals honored Donna de Varona with the 14th annual NYF Lifetime Achievement Award.The New York Festivals recognizes prominent industry leaders whose accomplishments and contributions have advanced their field and made a lasting impression on the industry. This year NYF is proud to honor Ms. de Varona, a legendary Sports journalist, Olympic champion, and award-winning broadcasting pioneer. Donna de Varona reported on 18 Olympics, was instrumental in bringing FIFA Women’s Soccer World Cup to network television and was a moving force in support of Congress’ passage of Title IX legislation.

Life Among the Lions – El REY DE LA SABANA (Story Producciones) – Documentary: – Nature & Wildlife
was recognized with the 2024 WaterBear Award honoring the highest scoring documentary across the Climate Change & Sustainability, Environment & Ecology, and Nature & Wildlife categories. The award-winning documentary series chronicles Jorge Alesanco’s life in the Masai Mara, the first man in history accepted by a pride of wild lions. This Spanish scientist has lived with the great kings of the Savannah for more than 15 years, discovering unusual behaviors never before documented and recorded until now.

Documentaries embrace the power of storytelling, captivating audiences with engaging narratives while exploring diverse topics that inspire, inform, and provoke thought. Gold-winning work include The Atom Araullo Specials: Child’s Game (GMA Network, Inc.), Earth (Moonraker VFX), Old People’s Home for Teenagers (Endemol Shine Australia), The Arctic – 66.5 Degrees North, Frozen Beauty (German Television ZDF), Australia’s Wild Odyssey (Wild Pacific Media), Ukraine From Above: Secrets From the Frontline and The Future With Hannah Fry The Future With Hannah Fry (WINDFALL FILMS), The Exiles (Mediacorp Pte Ltd), Tainted Medicine Scandal (Blue Petal Films), First Weapons and The Dark Emu Story (Blackfella Film Pty Ltd.), The $20 Million Time Bomb (Mallinson Sadler Productions Ltd.), 52 Documentary (Voice of America), Silent Deportation (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty), Kenya – Fighting For Water (Off The Grid-TRT World), Lawless: Gangs Of Haiti (MediaLinks TV LLC), Gift from the Ice – Japan´s wild North (Doclights GmbH), Uncovering Hitler’s Failed Putsch of 1923 (Loopfilm GmbH), Anne-Sophie Mutter VIVACE Suedwestrundfunk (SWR), Spike Milligan: The Unseen Archive (Yeti Television), and Crypto 911: Exposing A Bitcoin Billionaire (CNBC).

Entertainment entries enchanted audiences. Gold entries include Far North (South Pacific Pictures), Abba Silver, Abba Gold (Stanza Media Limited), Nada and El Encargado Season 2 (The Walt Disney Company LATAM), The QUEEN Of News (Television Broadcasts Limited), Missing: Lucie Blackman Case (Beach House Pictures PTE Ltd), The Swarm (German Television ZDF), After The Party (Lingo Pictures Luminous Beast), Childhood Dreams (Banijay) and After Dark S2 – Skin Deep (Mediacorp).

Breaking news coverage, features, investigative reports, and Sports mesmerized viewers. Gold winning entries include Sudan Exodus (Al Jazeera English), Start Here-On The Road (Al Jazeera Digital), and Evel Hazin: Days of Mourning (GloboNews). Sports programming united and captivated fans, Gold winners include B1G Story: Nebraska Volleyball (Big Ten Network), Toy Story Funday Football (ESPN), Christopher Pearson, Camerawork, Sky News (Sky News), and 101 East – India’s Combat Women Fighters (101 East).

Engaging Promos encouraged viewers to tune in. Gold winning entries include Movies on Globo 2023 and Shattering Words (Promo TV Globo), Showtime Documentary Films: 2nd Chance (Showtime), BBC Nordic The Perfect Excuse (BBC Studios Distribution Limited), Horror Weekend, Paramount Network Spain and The Mountain is the Star (Paramount Creative EMEAA), Exploring Song Dynasty paintings about nature (CGTN), France Télévisions . Arise athletes of the Fatherland … Olympic Games 2024 (France Télévisions), Easter 2023 (ZDF), Abandoned Life (Phoenix Satellite Television Company Limited), La Mesías (Moviestar+), United by Actions AXN (Sony Pictures Entertainment Creative Center Iberia), and F1 Pit Crew Off-Season: Tuk Tuk (beIN Sports Asia Pte Limited).

Corporate and Brand Image Film conveyed the company’s mission and ethos. Gold entries include Bergs Disney (The Walt Disney Company, Europe & Africa), We have it in our hands (Seed Audio-Visual Communication), The Women Who Made Us (Rocking Horse Pictures), IKTVA Infographic (Aramco), and The Perfect Shot (Switzerland Tourism), The Whole You (DRPG) and Endless Venice (Rai Radiotelevisione italiana.

New York Festivals announced the TV & Film Awards competition’s winning entries at the 2024 Storytellers Gala virtual event on April 16h at 6PM EDT. The virtual event included featured global audio and video highlights, award winners’ acceptance speeches from around the world, and up-close and personal spotlights featuring some of radio and television’s most respected storytellers.

Award-winning entries for 2024 are showcased in the TV & Film Awards winners gallery. View the 2024 TV & Film Awards winners

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