April 11, 2007 - by
Seminole Productions Top Student Producers Are Big Winners In 2006 Communicator Awards

April 11, 2007

Well the votes are in and Florida State University’s Seminole Productions is once again recognized for excellence in the field of visual communications. It was recently announced that Seminole Productions, an auxiliary of the FSU Department of Communication, will soon be receiving nine new trophies to add to its already overflowing trophy case in the Moore Athletics Center.


While winning Communicator Awards is not new to the staff of Seminole Productions, this year is a little different as student producers also won multiple awards in this year’s competition. Student productions honored by the Communicator Awards include the 2006 Baseball Open, Pow-Wow Open, Countdown, and Champions videos, and also the Women’s Basketball Open. Seminole Productions staff members were also recognized and won awards for Seminole Sports Magazine, Seminole Basketball Highlights, and the Bobby Bowden Hall of Fame Tribute Video.


The Seminole Productions student producers who were honored with Communicator Awards were Tyler Ginter, Nick Rivero and Brant Wells. Ginter won Awards of Excellence for both special effects and editing on the 2006 Baseball Open, and also won an Award of Excellence with co-producer Brent Wells for the Pow Wow – University of Champions video. Rivero received an Award of Excellence for his work on the Pow Wow Open title video and also won Awards of Distinction for both the 2006 Women’s Basketball Open and the Pow Wow Countdown Video. Ginter, Rivero and fellow student Brandon Goodman were also recognized with honorable mentions for the 2006 Football Open, Women’s Basketball Open, and the Pow Wow Circus videos.


Seminole Productions senior staff members also garnered trophies in the competition and producers DD Garbarino, Jerry Tootle and Jim Garbarino were all recognized by the Communicator judges. DD Garbarino received an Award of Excellence for her work on Seminole Sports Magazine. Tootle won an Award of Distinction for Seminole Basketball highlights while Jim Garbarino also won an Award of Distinction for the Bobby Bowden hall of fame video, honoring the legendary coach’s induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.


Long recognized as a leader in sports video production, Seminole Productions handles virtually every video production need for Florida State athletics and teaches advanced courses in video production and performance to FSU Communication students. Under the direction of Mark Rodin and senior staff members Jim Garbarino, DD Garbarino, Jerry Tootle, Jim Shaw, Rob Levine and Jeff Levine, Seminole Productions produces the Bobby Bowden TV Show, the Seminole Basketball Report with Leonard Hamilton and the Mike Martin Show, as well as Seminole Sports Magazine and Seminole Uprising. Seminole Productions also produces all of the in-game entertainment needs for Seminole Vision, the in-game entertainment productions for FSU football, basketball and baseball. 


In a 2006 competition against universities across North America, Seminole Productions took home the Golden Matrix Award (GMA) for having the Best Overall Video Display for universities. The Golden Matrix Award means that the content appearing on the Seminole Vision was judged to be the best in the nation for universities. The Golden Matrix Awards are voted on by In-Game Entertainment and Video Display professionals across North America and includes league members from the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, and universities as well as representatives from stadiums and arenas. Seminole Productions also provides visual communications support for Government and other agencies throughout the state of Florida.


Seminole Productions was also recently featured in an article by Jay Ankeney, entitled Creating Sports Editors, which appeared in the February 21st issue of TV Technology.  In the article, Ankeney compliments the success of the FSU Seminole Productions program in preparing students for sports editing careers. Senior Director of ESPN production operations Mike Boissonneault is also quoted in the article about the fine reputation of the Seminole Productions program.


For more information about Seminoles Productions, contact Mark Rodin at marodin@fsu.edu.




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