2012 Award Winners & Honorees

Cinema/Chicago Television Awards

2012 Award Winners

Television Commercials

Audience Choice Award
A Frosty Affair
Burrell

Automotive
Silver Plaque
Karl Abarth
McGarryBowen

Certificate of Merit
Special Editions
Cutters

Automotive Retailer
Certificate of Merit
Hawk Ford – Pickup Lines
Zoom Advertising

Beverages (Alcoholic)
Gold Plaque
Rescue Dog
mcgarrybowen

Beverages (Non-alcoholic)
Gold Plaque
Beach Body
mcgarrybowen

Silver Plaque
The Spirit of the Euro
Bent Image Lab

Cellular Phone/Service
Gold Plaque
The Way We’re Wired
Leo Burnett Chicago

Silver Plaque
Graduation
Leo Burnett Chicago

Commercial Campaign
Silver Hugo
Mayhem
Leo Burnett Chicago

Silver Hugo
State Farm Campaign
DDB

Gold Plaque
Mazda Campaign
Cutters

Gold Plaque
Corona – Find Your Beach
Cramer-Krasselt

Silver Plaque
State of Imitation 1,2,3
Cutters

Silver Plaque
The Journey and Good Day
Burrell

Certificate of Merit
Hawk Ford Baby Campaign
Zoom Advertising

Certificate of Merit
Koodo Mobile
Bent Image Lab

Certificate of Merit
Unlimited
Leo Burnett Chicago

Fast Food
Silver Hugo
Step Up to the Mac
Burrell

Gold Plaque
Fishing
Leo Burnett Chicago

Certificate of Merit
A Frosty Affair
Burrell

Food Products
Silver Hugo
Witch Hunt
mcgarrybowen

Gold Plaque
Village
mcgarrybowen

Silver Plaque
Are You?
mcgarrybowen

Informercial
Certificate of Merit
AMS – Green Jobs
DoRo Films Productions

Insurance
Silver Hugo
Blind Spot
Leo Burnett Chicago

Gold Plaque
Raccoon
Leo Burnett Chicago

Silver Plaque
On Hold
Leo Burnett Chicago

Non-Profit/Fundraising
Silver Plaque
Face Human Rights
DoRo Films International

Certificate of Merit
War Amps Champs
The War Amps

Online Campaign
Gold Plaque
Real Cheese Matters
Leo Burnett Chicago

Online Spot
Silver Hugo
Reverie
Gentleman Scholar

Gold Plaque
Winter Style
mcgarrybowen

Silver Plaque
The Takeover
Cap Gun Collective

PSA Campaign
Silver Plaque
Rethink Your Drink
b.e. Creative

Certificate of Merit
Orange County United Way ‘Turn Around’
Foundation Content

Public Service Announcement
Certificate of Merit
Transform
Gentleman Scholar

Retail
Silver Hugo
Active Duty
Leo Burnett Chicago

Gold Plaque
Mother Bird
Leo Burnett Chicago

Silver Plaque
The Team
Leo Burnett Chicago

Certificate of Merit
Give and Get
Leo Burnett Chicago

Travel / Tourism
Silver Plaque
52 Stories
Digital Kitchen

Special Achievement

Animation/Computer Graphics
Silver Plaque
Apples
Leo Burnett Chicago

Silver Plaque
Suzi Van Zoom
Leo Burnett Chicago

Direction
Silver Hugo
Jet
Cutters

Certificate of Merit
Face Human Rights
DoRo Films International

Editing
Silver Hugo
Cats With Thumbs
the Whitehouse

Gold Plaque
Google Chrome: Lady Gaga
the Whitehouse

Silver Plaque
Give and Get
Leo Burnett Chicago

Silver Plaque
Ned’s Journey
the Whitehouse

Silver Plaque
Rescue Dog
the Whitehouse

Certificate of Merit
The Road
the Whitehouse

Humor
Silver Plaque
Racoon
Leo Burnett Chicago

Silver Plaque
On Hold
Leo Burnett Chicago

Low Budget
Silver Plaque
AMS-Green Jobs
DoRo Films Productions

Silver Plaque
Bird
The Distillery Project

Certificate of Merit
Before Your Eyes
The Distillery Project

Music – Original
Certificate of Merit
Joy Ride
Yessian Music

Music – Licensed Adaptation
Certificate of Merit
Apples
Leo Burnett Chicago

Perfomance/Dialogue
Gold Plaque
Toddler
Leo Burnett Chicago

Silver Plaque
Raccoon
Leo Burnett Chicago

Certificate of Merit
Blind Spot
Leo Burnett Chicago

Sound Design
Silver Hugo
The Carpet
Yessian Music

Silver Plaque
Seismograph
Yessian Music

Certificate of Merit
Protégé
Cutters

Television Productions

Best Television Program
Gold Hugo
Kinshasa Symphony
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

Animated Program
Certificate of Merit
Happy Old Man
Radio Television Hong Kong

Children’s Program
Gold Plaque
Duck a la Lucy
Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

Silver Plaque
Ain’t No Adult: Give Me a Home
Radio Television Hong Kong

Certificate of Merit
Found One! – Remembering to be “Thankful”
NHK

Documentary: Arts/Humanities
Silver Hugo
Frankenstein: A Modern Myth
Lone Star Productions

Silver Plaque
Skydancer
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

Documentary: History/Biography
Silver Hugo
A Brush With Life
Wide Angle Films

Silver Hugo
When I Rise
University of Texas at Austin

Silver Plaque
9/11 ER
Testimony Films

Silver Plaque
Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour
WTTW Channel 11

Certificate of Merit
Arena: The Dreams of William Golding
Lone Star Productions

Certificate of Merit
Ned’s Head
Prospero Productions

Certificate of Merit
Unused Intelligence: Intercepting the A-Bomb
NHK

Certificate of Merit
War Horse: The Real Story
Testimony Films

Documentary: Science/Nature
Silver Plaque
Automatic Brain
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

Documentary: Social/Political
Silver Hugo
Tahrir 2011
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR),

Gold Plaque
Blood in the Mobile
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), ARTE

Gold Plaque
Poor Kids
True Vision Productions

Silver Plaque
We’re Still Here: A Tohoku Chronicle
NHK

Certificate of Merit
Execution Under Fire
90th Parallel Productions Ltd

Certificate of Merit
The Man Who Jumped
Prospero Productions

Dramatic Program
Silver Hugo
Criminal Minds- “The Longest Night”
Bernero Productions

Gold Plaque
Blueberry Blue
Polyphon Film- un Fernseh GmbH

Silver Plaque
ICAC Investigators 2011 – A Blind Eye
Radio Television Hong Kong

Educational Program
(Adult Audience)
Gold Plaque
The Constitution Project: The Bill of Rights
The Documentary Group

Silver Plaque
Coping
OR Media

Certificate of Merit
A Wall-less Word II
Radio Television Hong Kong

Certificate of Merit
Doctor G’s Case File
NHK

Feature Length Telefilm
Silver Plaque
Early Autumn
Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Co

Certificate of Merit
Life, Birth, and All That Follows
NHK

Investigative Reporting/News Documentary
Silver Hugo
Mapping Fukushima
NHK

Gold Plaque
Blood Mine
PCCW nowTV

Gold Plaque
Hong Kong Connection – To Be a Good Samaritan in China
Radio Television Hong Kong

Silver Plaque
China Dolls – Fragile Bodies, Strong Minds
Phoenix Satellite Television Co. Ltd

Silver Plaque
The Secret Truth of Hogwash Oil – Unravelling the Chain of Deception
Phoenix Satellite Television Co. Ltd

Certificate of Merit
Construction Slavery
PCCW nowTV

Certificate of Merit
Hong Kong Connection – Behind the Red Banner
Radio Television Hong Kong

Music Video
Silver Plaque
Falco Rock Me Amadeus Salieri Version
DoRo Films International

Certificate of Merit
“Hare Krisha” – Sir Ivan
DoRo Films International

Public Affairs/Video News Release
Silver Plaque
Chinese Is Not My Mother Tongue
i-Cable News Limited

Certificate of Merit
Hong Kong Connection: Voluntary Class Reduction
Radio Television Hong Kong

Certificate of Merit
Face Human Rights
DoRo Films International

Sketch Comedy Program
Certificate of Merit
Headliner Special: Let the Empress Dowager Fly
Radio Television Hong Kong

Special Performance Event
Silver Plaque
The JUNO Awards 2011
Insight Production Company Ltd.

Student Produced Program
Silver Plaque
Alt.news 26:46, Episode #13.03

Television Series

Best Television Series
Gold Hugo
Have You Heard From Johannesburg
Clarity Films

Animated Series
Silver Plaque
Dogstar – Series 2
Media World Pictures

Children’s Series
Gold Plaque
Big and Small
Kindle Entertainment / Sixteen South

Certificate of Merit
Tracy Beaker Returns
BBC

Comedy Series
Gold Plaque
30 Rock
Universal Television

Silver Plaque
Up All Night
Universal Television

Daytime Drama Series
Gold Plaque
Instinct
TVP SA

Dramatic Series
Gold Plaque
The Deep Water
TVP SA

Silver Plaque
Grimm
Universal Television

Silver Plaque
Smash
Universal Television

Certificate of Merit
Criminal Minds
Bernero Productions

Educational / Documentary Series
Silver Plaque
Hong Kong Stories: Typhoon Season / Women of the House
Radio Television Hong Kong

Silver Plaque
The Aviators
FourPoints Television Productions

Certificate of Merit
Rich Mate Poor Mate II
Radio Television Hong Kong

Game Show Series
Certificate of Merit
High School Quiz Show
WGBH

Mini-Series
Certificate of Merit
Women with Dreams 4
Radio Television Hong Kong

Public Access Series
Certificate of Merit
Belonging in Boulder: Unexpected Stories from your Neighbors
Legacy Connections Films

Reality Series
Certificate of Merit
Battle of the Blades – Season 3
Insight Production Company Ltd.

Certificate of Merit
Intervention Canada
Insight Production Company Ltd.

Special Achievement

Concept
Certificate of Merit
Face Human Rights
DoRo Films International

Direction
Gold Plaque
Falco Rock Me Amadeus Salieri Version
DoRo Films International

Gold Plaque
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
Groundstar MDW

Silver Plaque
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
Groundstar MDW

Silver Plaque
Blood Brothers
Zemmost Pty Ltd

Silver Plaque
ICAC Investigators 2011 – A Blind Eye
Radio Television Hong Kong

Low Budget
Silver Plaque
The Pox Show: Opening Titles
Brian Lonano

2012 Honorees

KELSEY GRAMMER

Career Achievement Award

TV12-KelseyGrammerKelsey Grammer has excelled at the highest level in theater, television and film as an actor, producer, and director. An initial role as Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers developed into the cornerstone of the Juilliard-trained actor’s career. Grammer played the celebrated character in three different television series (Cheers, Wings and Frasier) over a span of 20 years, tying the record for longest-running television character. Portraying Crane, Grammer has won four Emmys®, two Golden Globes® and a SAG Award and has received an unparalleled 16 Emmy® nominations, eight Golden Globe® nominations, and 16 SAG nominations. Grammer has most recently starred in the Starz drama Boss and was recently honored with the Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Mayor Tom Kane.

Grammer starred in La Cage aux Folles on Broadway in 2010 for which he received rave reviews as nightclub owner Georges. His performance earned him a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. He created Grammnet NH Productions, a TV production company that has produced such hit television shows as the Emmy®-winningMedium for NBC, and The Game and Girlfriends for CW. Other Grammnet producing credits include the NBC productions The Innocent, Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny, Fired Up, In-Laws and Gary the Rat. For PAX, he produced World Cup Comedy. For FOX, he starred in and produced Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show. Also accomplished as a voice-over artist, Grammer plays the character Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons, for which he won an Emmy® in 2006. He has also lent his voice to the feature films Toy Story 2, Anastasia andTeacher’s Pet, to the television series Father of the Pride and Gary the Rat, and to the Emmy-nominated Animal Farm for TNT. He also stars as the Tin Man in the upcoming Dorothy of Oz.

OPTIMUS

Commitment to Excellence Award for TV Commercials
Optimus
“We use the phrase “Work hard, play hard, and do them better than anyone” to describe our philosophy and vibe. We live by that credo; it’s a crazy fun business, and we love what we do. At Optimus, there is constant motion and emotion that drives us to higher levels of “commitment to excellence” every moment of every day. We pride ourselves in maintaining long, loyal, and fulfilling relationships with both clients and employees. We are owned and managed by five partners. Our management team consists of Tom Duff as President, Randy Palmer heads up Creative Editorial, Glen Noren directs the Graphics/Design Dept., Scott Yurks runs the On-line unit, and Craig Leffel manages the One at Optimus production arm. It’s a formula that guarantees equal representation in management that trickles down as an equal team approach to every person here.

Physically, we have offices in both Chicago and Santa Monica, and the highly specialized integrated production services we offer include directors, editors, designers, graphic artists, colorists, audio engineers, and on-line editors. Optimus now has a staff of about 104 full timers. We have a strong history, with the Optimus name surviving almost 40 years, but under current ownership we are now in our 16th year. On a final exclamation point to our story, just this month we were named one of the 20 Best Companies to work for in the city by Crain’s Chicago Business! We are truly blessed.”

-OPTIMUS