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Bronze Bling for UCTV

We needed needed a little more bling around here!

After a terrific showing at the Aurora Awards, UCTV is adding to its 2013 tally with two bronze Telly Awards.

“Building It Better: Earthquake-Resilient Hospitals for the Future” nabbed the bronze in the Documentary category for its behind-the-scenes look at the rigorous earthquake testing UC San Diego researchers put their five-story mockup of a hospital through in order to better understand how the many complex systems within hospital buildings perform after earthquakes. Produced by UCTV’s Rich Wargo, in partnership with the California Seismic Safety Commission, the program explores the history of seismic safety for California’s hospital infrastructure, and what is being done to secure its future.

Also taking home the bronze for documentary was “San Diego Opera Spotlight: Moby-Dick,” producer John Menier’s in-depth look behind-the-scenes at the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick,” based upon the classic novel by Herman Melville.

You also might recall our announcement last month that “The Skinny on Obesity: Sickeningly Sweet” was awarded the prestigious Silver Telly Award in the Health and Wellness category. Produced by Rich Wargo and Jennifer Ford, the program is one of seven episodes in the popular “The Skinny on Obesity” series, which premiered on the UCTV Prime YouTube original channel in April 2012.

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs.

Congratulations to the UCTV team!


Make Room on the Awards Shelves!

Aurora AwardWe’re happy to report that a whopping five UCTV programs have been honored with awards for excellence.

Gold is the metal of honor when it comes to our haul at the Aurora Awards. That’s because four very different UCTV programs took home Gold Aurora statues.

The winners are:

Building it Better: Earthquake-Resilient Hospitals for the Future (Documentary/Project category), produced by Rich Wargo

Tan Dun’s Water Passion – La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2012 (Music/Live Concert category) produced by John Menier

Colon Cancer Screening: Health Matters (Educational/Fitness, Health), produced by Jennifer Ford

San Diego Opera Spotlight: Moby Dick (Documentary/Cultural category), produced by John Menier

We also rose to the top at the Telly Awards, where The Skinny on Obesity: Sickeningly Sweet, produced by Rich Wargo and Jennifer Ford for the YouTube original channel UCTV Prime, won the Silver Telly for Internet/Online Programs in the Health and Wellness category.

The Aurora Awards are an annual independent film and video competition that honors excellence in commercials, cable programming, documentaries, industrial, instructional and corporate videos.

The Telly Awards honor the very best film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs.

Congratulations to everyone on the UCTV team!


UCLA Alzheimer’s Series Makes Healthline’s “Best of”

We’re pleased to announce that the UCLA series “Heartache & Hope: America’s Alzheimer’s Epidemic,” a three-part series that premiered in September on UCTV Prime, has been named one of the 14 Best Alzheimer’s Videos of 2012 by Healthline.com.

Here’s what reviewer Tracy Rosecrans had to say about it:

Alzheimer’s Long and Costly Goodbye, the first in a series of educational episodes on Alzheimer’s produced by UCTV, offers a documentary-style look at this terrible disease. This high-quality episode offers everything from expert discussion of Alzheimer’s to personal insights from individuals currently experiencing the mental degeneration caused by the disease.

This short video will leave you wanting even more information and interpretation from the people who are most familiar with Alzheimer’s: the unlikely stars of this series. Watch it to gain a deeper understanding of this illness.  

We’re in good company on a list that includes everything from informative videos produced by the Alzheimer’s Association to emotionally gripping documentaries of individuals and their families taking on the disease.  You can check out all of their picks here.

According to its website, Healthline.com offers “objective, trustworthy, and accurate health information, guided by the principles of responsible journalism and publishing. Our editorial philosophy is to use relevant and accurate content to promote a healthy lifestyle and facilitate disease prevention, as well as to offer clinically significant, medically reviewed information for those who are seeking answers to their health questions.”


“Disaster Preparedness” Reaps Reward for UCSF Fresno Doctor

UCSF Fresno's Dr. John Blossom (left) receives his Aurora Award from UCTV Director Lynn Burnstan at a June 2 meeting in Oakland.

As Director of the California Area Health Education Center (AHEC), UCSF Fresno‘s Dr. John Blossom knows the value of reaching large audiences with essential information. So when the opportunity arose to partner with UCTV on a video series offering expert disaster preparedness information to health care providers and the general public, he lept at the chance, investing his time, expertise and newly tapped on-screen talent as host of the four-part series “Disaster Preparedness for Health Professionals.”

The series premiered on UCTV in October 2009 and, with UCTV’s large footprint reaching 23 million households nationwide on satellite and cable, as well as millions more through its website, YouTube and iTunes channels, audiences in every corner of the state, the country and the world had ready access to vital emergency response information covering natural disasters, chemical and biological agents, pandemic influenza and emerging infections, and managing disaster volunteers. With almost 800,000 combined online views to date, the information has clearly been well received.

But last week it was Dr. Blossom who was on the receiving end of some welcome attention when he took possession of his Gold Aurora Award in the General Instruction category for the “Disaster Volunteerism” installment.  The Aurora Awards is a prestigious international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries, specifically targeting products, programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level.

While physicians of Dr. Blossom’s stature are no stranger to recognition, a golden statuette for producing and hosting a television program certainly falls outside the norm. Then again, Dr. Blossom is in a class by himself.

Congratulations Dr. Blossom!


UC San Diego Grabs Aurora Awards for Diabetes and 50th Anniversary Programs!

Congratulations to our UC San Diego-based sister channel, UCSD-TV, for nabbing two Aurora Awards for “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” and “UCSD@50!”

Taking top honors with the Platinum Best of Show Award in the News Magazine/Interview category is the November 2010 edition of “UCSD@50,” UCSD-TV’s year-long magazine program honoring UC San Diego’s 50th anniversary. This memorable installment profiles the campus’ unique built environment and highlights research on fighting antibiotic resistant “superbugs,” a conversation with “Avatar” actor and UCSD alumnus Dileep Rao, and more. All “UCSD@50″ programs are available online and the next installment premieres April 11 on UCTV.

UCSD-TV’s “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” (TCOYD) series was also a big winner, taking home a Gold Award in the Fitness/Health category for its episode on weight management. This long-running series hosted by Dr. Steven Edelman was totally revamped in 2010, making this award especially meaningful.  All TCOYD programs are available online and the 2011 season premieres in June.

The Aurora Awards is a international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. It specifically targets products, programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level, by focusing on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment and corporate sponsored film and video. Entries come from across the US, and abroad.