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PCSO & PCAO PSAs win awards in the 35th Annual Telly Awards
Date: 7/22/2014
PCSO & PCAO PSAs win awards in the 35th Annual Telly Awards

PCSO & PCAO PSAs win awards in the 35th Annual Telly Awards

FLORENCE, AZ (7/22/14) – The Telly Awards named the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and Pinal County Attorney’s Office’s Public Service Announcements regarding Driving Under the Influence and Domestic Violence as Silver and Bronze winners, respectively, in the 35th Annual Telly Awards.

In late-2013, Sheriff Paul Babeu and County Attorney Lando Voyles began working with Beyond Faith Productions to create the public service announcements and both wanted to focus on three serious topics facing Pinal communities – bullying, domestic violence and DUIs.

After final edits and approvals of the spots, Beyond Faith submitted them to the Telly Awards for consideration in the 35th Annual competition.  This year they received nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and internationally as well.

No taxpayer money was used to create the three PSAs, which currently play in local movie theatres in Pinal and were placed on cable television stations throughout the 2013 holiday season.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “One of the best ways to reduce crime rates is through public education.  Driving while Impaired by Alcohol or Drugs, Domestic Violence and Bullying are crimes which are committed every day in Pinal County.  Myself and County Attorney Lando Voyles hope these public safety announcements will let victims know they are not alone and that the suspects of these crimes will be arrested and prosecuted.”

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles stated, “With domestic violence existing as the leading cause of injury to women, bullying accounting for 160,000 students’ absenses from school each day and someone dying from a drunk driving crash every 51 minutes, we clearly have to do more to educate the public as to the dangers of these crimes and to encourage victims to come forward, in cases of bullying and domestic violence.  Working with Sheriff Paul Babeu and other law enforcement partners, my office remains dedicated to curbing bullying, domestic violence and driving impaired by drugs or alcohol in Pinal and vigorously prosecuting offenders of these crimes.”

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The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

When you consider that entrants submit only their very best work as well as the extremely high number of entrants, earning a Telly Award is a significant creative achievement. Based on the ratio of winners over the past several years, approximately 7 to 10% of entrants are chosen as Silver Telly Award winners.

Historically, Bronze Telly Award Winners typically represent about 18 to 25% of entrants. It is important to note that some categories may have multiple winners, and some may not have any. Remember, the Telly Award is given based on the merit of each entry – entries do not compete with one another – so annual competitions will vary in the number of Silver and Bronze Telly Awards given.

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