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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Chicago International Television Festival Announces Award Winners
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL CULMINATES WITH
AWARDS NIGHT CELEBRATION HONORING EXCEPTIONAL PROGRAMMING AND
FCB-Chicago, The Martin Agency, mcgarrybowenand "Chicago Justice" Awarded Top Prizes
The 53rd Chicago International Television Festival
wrapped up last Thursday, March 23 with an awards ceremony honoring
exceptional work in television programming and advertising. Among the
honorees were Dean Richards, longtime entertainment reporter and critic for WGN-TV and WGN Radio 720AM, legendary television commercial producer Joe Sedelmaier and Amazon Studios.
An array of awards was also presented for television commercials and
productions.Top prizes in the advertising categories were awarded to FCB-Chicago, The Martin Agency and mcgarrybowen. "Chicago Justice" was awarded a Gold Hugo for Dramatic Program.
The Awards night was the culmination of the 2017 Television Festival.
“This year’s Festival was a tremendous success,” said event organizer
Sam Flancher. “We started off with a sold-out screening of ‘Public
Housing Unit,' followed by a lively conversation about independent
content creation. Following the screening of Amazon’s ‘American
Playboy,' Cooper Hefner spoke powerfully about the vast legacy of
Playboy as an institution and its tremendous ties to Chicago. Our
screening of ‘When the Streetlights Go On’ led to an absorbing
discussion about the differences between writing for film and
television, and Pete Holmes’ insights into the creation of the HBO
series ‘Crashing,’ were hilarious and fascinating.”
About Chicago International Television Awards
When the Chicago International Film Festival was founded over 50 years
ago by Artistic Director Michael Kutza, advertising agency heads Leo
Burnett, Fairfax Cone and Dick Needham suggested that, with budgets and
craftsmanship equal to the feature films being screened, the Festival
should showcase the art of television commercials and productions. Five
decades later, this simple idea has evolved into an international
celebration of the best in television, and encompasses television
commercials, productions, series and the innovative realm of online
A component of the Chicago International Film Festival, the Television
Festival was expanded into a stand-alone event in spring 2016, featuring
an array of programming that highlights local work and innovative
contributions from across the industry, as well as providing access to