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The 40th Annual Telly Awards Announce Winner and CBS Interactive as first ever Company of the Year

The Telly Awards, now in its 40th year, have announced this year’s winners, including the animated film “There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom“ from Passion Pictures & CNN,  DC Entertainment’s live streaming show “DC Daily Live with Kevin Smith”, Netflix’s drag show music video of Dolly Parton’s legendary “Jolene” created for "Dumplin'" and CBS Interactive’s  “The Late Late Show with James Corden: The Biggest Baby Shark Ever” starring Josh Groban and Sophie Turner. ESPN, AETN, AJ+, HBO Latin America, and PBS also won for their documentary filmmaking.


The Tellys also named CBS Interactive as Telly Company of the Year, recognizing their work across platforms with video content from its many properties. 

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 including Droga5, Ryot, Condé Nast, Framestore, Vimeo, Vice, A&E Networks and more. This year’s winners represent both a broadening of the online landscape to embrace more documentary, scripted and episodic content and a focus on Branded Content and innovative new platforms like VR and Social Streaming.

“We spend a lot of time listening to the creative community and our industry to better understand where the opportunities are for storytelling, and Social and Branded Content rose head and shoulders above the rest,” said Telly’s managing director Sabrina Dridje. “CBS Interactive especially should be commended for its approach to social and online video. These are areas that take a specific set of skills to produce great work, and as an organization honoring video and television content, spotlighting their efforts is fundamental to our mission.”

Additional 40th Annual Telly highlights from this year’s winners include:

Branded Content

  • National Geographic won for "A Wild Lager Story" in Videography / Cinematography
  • Passion Pictures & CNN won for "What is Beauty?" in 2D Animation
  • Univision Communications Inc. won for "Target Holiday" in Commercials
  • WeTransfer won for "Breaking The Circle" in Directing
  • Dow Jones won for "Chasing Ambition" in Campaign: Branding

Social Video

  • Condé Nast won for Wired's "Former CIA Chief Explains How Spies Use Disguises" in General: Education & Discovery
  • PBS Digital Studios won for PBS Digital Studios "It's Okay to be Smart " in Series: Education & Discovery
  • AETN won for "Native American Campaign" in Series: Culture & Lifestyle
  • AJ+ won for "Canada's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women" in General: News & Information


  • AETN won for "We Are One" in Sports
  • CBS Interactive won for "Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke" in Comedy
  • ESPN Films won for "30 for 30 Shorts: Locked In" in Documentary: Individual
  • HBO Latin America won for  "O Negócio" in Directing
  • Adult Swim won for "Final Deployment 4: Queen Battle - Walkthrough" in Use of Humor

Online Series/Shows/Segments

  • PBS Digital Studios won for "Do We Need a President of the United States | America From Scratch" in Social Issues
  • Viacom Media Networks won for "Real Life Love" in Webseries: Documentary
  • Culture Trip won for "Hungerlust" in Documentary: Series
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah won for "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" in Entertainment
  • Fast Company & Inc Magazine won for "Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper turned their chemistry into a side career" in Entertainment

View all of the winners of the 40th Annual Telly Awards winners at www.tellyawards.com/winners

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