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Colorado Public Television Celebrates Winning Top Honors in Two Categories at the 2011 Colorado Broadcaster’s Association Awards of Excellence

Denver (March 16, 2011) – Colorado Public Television (CPT12) proudly announces first and second place/merit awards in two categories at the 2010 ceremony of the Colorado Broadcaster’s Association Awards of Excellence held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel on Saturday, March 12. CPT12 won first and second place in the Best Mini-Documentary or Series (Public Television) and first place and earned a certificate of merit in Best News/Public Affairs Special (Public Television).

Best News/Public Affairs Special (Public Television):
First Place winner:  “Studio 12:  Return to Iwo Jima”   
Produced by Kim Hadhazy and Steffan Tubbs, editing support by Brian Prendergast
Steffan Tubbs takes a look back at the 65th Anniversary of the Battle at Iwo Jima.  Our esteemed panel includes three veterans of the battle and the Congressman who helped make their visit back to the island possible.  Guests: Jim Blane, Al Jennings, Joe Weinmeier, Rep. Ed Perlmutter.

Certificate of Merit:  “CIO Circa 1935”   
Produced by Dominic Dezzutti and Larry Patchett
Colorado Inside Out takes another trip in the Time Machine.  This time the panel visits 1935 during a time of the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, immigration issues and growing tensions in Europe and Asia.  Panel includes Raj Chohan as Stanley Stack, Patricia Calhoun as Helen Bonfils, David Kopel as Israel Ben Koplowitz, Kevin Flynn as Robert Chase and Dani Newsum as Eliza Carney.

Best Mini-Documentary or Series (Public Television):
First Place winner:  “Sandzén:  Ecstasy of Color”  
Produced by Joshua Hassel, Edited by Heather Dalton
Raised in Vastergotland Sweden, Birger Sandzén after studying art in Stockholm and Paris, moved to Lindsborg Kansas at the age of 23 in 1894. Influenced by post-impressionism and the Swedish National Movement, Sandzén found himself entranced by the wide opened spaces and the brilliant light of the American West. A landscape painter compelled by the colors of nature, Sandzén created energetic original mountain and prairie scapes that are truly modern, forging a link from impressionism to abstraction.  This documentary follows Sandzén from his Swedish roots to his new homeland in Kansas and on through his many summers spent painting in the Rocky Mountains.
Second Place winner:   “Rex Ray:  How to Make a Rex Ray”   
Produced by Joshua Hassel
No other contemporary artist has mastered the handcrafted aesthetic of fine art while pushing the limits of graphic design as Rex Ray. This celebrated artist takes us on a tour, from his hometown in Colorado Springs to his glorious live/work studio space in San Francisco, showing us the magic of his artistic process and everyday practice.  Whether he’s creating a painting or donating a graphic design for a Smart Car, Rex Ray is continually reinventing a language that speaks in both worlds of art and computer graphics.

About Colorado Public TelevisionCPT12
Every day Colorado Public Television (CPT12) sets itself apart with an unparalleled schedule of local, “community voice” public affairs programming and invites our statewide audience to explore new issues, ideas, people and places in the state, nation and world. CPT12 curates three digital channels including our flagship signal with a mix of local, national and international programming and infused with quality PBS shows (12.1); CPT12+, the best of independently produced documentaries, music, travel, exercise, cooking, public affairs and more (12.2); and MHz Worldview, providing international news from five continents and diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience (12.3). Noted by The Denver Post in its “2010 TV person of the year” honor of CEO Wick Rowland, CPT12 is a “feisty outlet” that takes a tough stance “on matters of censorship & politics.”

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