Jan. 19, 2005
Seminole Productions has certainly started off 2005 with a bang! Notified late last week that staff members Jim Garbarino and Jerry Tootle were honored with Gold Awards in the Aurora Awards international competition, Seminole Productions have now laid claim to eight international awards received in less than one week.
The most recent recognition comes from the Aurora Awards, an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. It specifically targets programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level, by focusing on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment and corporate sponsored film and video. Entries have come from across the US, and abroad including Canada, Hong Kong, Denmark, Mexico, etc.
The Aurora Gold Awards given to Seminole Productions were for the 2004 Football Stadium Open, produced and created by Jim Garbarino, and the Lassiter-Ware Commercial, produced by Jerry Tootle. Previous winners of the gold award include Disney I.D.E.A.S, The History Channel, A&E Network and Fox Sports Net. The Aurora statue itself was commissioned specifically for the competition by a nationally renowned sculptor. The statues are cast in the same foundry that creates the Emmy, Oscar and Clio statues.
Also last week, Seminole Productions was honored by the Communicator Awards with six awards and two honorable mentions. Of the six Communicator awards won by Seminole Productions, three were Crystal Awards of Excellence. The Crystal Awards were given to the 2004 Bowden Show Open by Jim Garbarino, the 2004 Football Stadium Open also by Jim Garbarino, and the Lassiter-Ware Commercial for Host Communications by Jerry Tootle. SP staff also took home three Awards of Distinction. Awards of Distinction were given to the 2004 Bobby Bowden Show by Jim Garbarino, the Mike Martin Show also by Jim Garbarino, and Florida’s Compliance Assistance Program by Jerry Tootle. Seminole Productions was also recognized with two honorable mentions, one for the Sunshine State Games open by Rob Levine, and another for the FSU Men’s Basketball Preview which was student produced under the direction of DD Garbarino.