Tuesday, June 1, 2010

PRIDE Travel Receives Telly Award for Amazing Thailand Commercial, Marking Second Award

In announcing the winners of the 31st Annual Telly Awards, the Silver Council recognized PRIDE Travel with one of its highest awards, a bronze Telly Award, for the independent in-house. The commercial was produced in-house by PRIDE Travel's owner and CEO Marc R. Kassouf using only readily-available media tools found on a standard office PC. The original footage was provided by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Mr. Kassouf initiated the project last year in order to promote the destination with a short commercial video at trade shows and events, and add it to other similar destination videos. "We're very excited that PRIDE Travel has won a Telly for the Amazing Thailand commercial" said Kassouf, adding "this makes the second major creative industries award that the video has won, including a Gold Davey Award last year. The Amazing Thailand commercial is available for online viewing on YouTube.

Both Kassouf and S. Nathan DePetris, PRIDE Travel's co-owner and Chief Operations Officer are certified Thailand Golden Agents, having completed the official training and accreditation program set by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Mr. Kassouf and Mr. DePetris have traveled to Thailand, most recently in March 2010 to Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Ko Chang and Pattaya by invitation of the Thai government. For three decades, the Telly Awards statuette has been a symbol of creative excellence in the audio visual medium, heralded by many in the industry as the pinnacle of achievement. The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries annually from the finest advertising agencies, production companies, TV stations, cable companies, and corporations in the world. Being selected for recognition is recognized as a remarkable achievement.


The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.Since 1978, the mission of the Telly Award's Silver Council's has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. Last year, the 30th Annual Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.The Silver Council is a membership based division of the Telly Awards. Members are top advertising and production professionals that have won a Silver Telly in the past, have applied for membership to the council and have been accepted, and comprise the judging panel for the Telly Awards.

View this press release on the web.

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