Congratulations to RootsTelevision, co-founded by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Marcy Brown, which just won FOUR Telly Awards! The press release is included below. And don’t forget that you can watch RootsTelevision right here at TGG!
RootsTelevision.com Wins Four Telly Awards in Its First Year
PROVO, UT, March 26, 2008 â€“ RootsTelevision.com, an online channel dedicated to all aspects of genealogy and family history, has been recognized in the 29th Annual Telly Awards for four of its original productions. Selected from more than 14,000 shows were â€œDNA Stories: A Tale of Two Fathersâ€ (documentary), â€œHeir Jordan: Extreme Genealogyâ€ (entertainment), â€œRoots Books: Psychic Rootsâ€ (talk show), and â€œFlat Stanleyâ€™s Family Treeâ€ (childrenâ€™s audience).
â€œWeâ€™re delighted,â€ said RootsTelevision.com co-founder, Marcy Brown. â€œTo receive this kind of recognition during our first year of existence is remarkable, and winning in four different categories is even more astonishing. We take this as an indication that our decision to pioneer online programming for the substantial but neglected niche of millions of genealogists was a risk worth taking.â€
The four winning shows include an episode of â€œDNA Stories,â€ a series that focuses on the exploding hobby of genetic genealogy and shows how avid roots-seekers are using DNA testing to solve family history riddles. The award-winning â€œTale of Two Fathersâ€ episode features Bob Zins and his efforts to determine whether the man who raised him was really his father. â€œHeir Jordan: Extreme Genealogyâ€ showcases the unexpected twin talents of Jordan Auslander, whoâ€™s both a professional genealogist and stand-up comic. â€œRoots Books,â€ a talk show hosted by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, received its award for the especially popular â€œPsychic Rootsâ€ episode that centers on a discussion of the role of serendipity in genealogy between Sharon and popular speaker and author, Hank Jones. And â€œFlat Stanleyâ€™s Family Treeâ€ follows the beloved childrenâ€™s character as he explores his colonial roots in Williamsburg, Virginia and his gold rush roots in California.
Founded in 1978, The Telly is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. The Telly Awards, a highly respected international competition, annually showcases the best work of the most respected production companies in the world.
RootsTelevision.com was co-founded by producer, Marcy Brown, and professional genealogist, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes, her real name). Marcy and Megan, who frequently refer to themselves as â€œtwo chicks and a channel,â€ launched online in late 2006 and already provide more than 1,000 videos â€“ free, on-demand and 24/7 — for family history enthusiasts around the globe. For more information, please visit www.rootstelevision.com.
Links to the award-winning shows:
DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Fathers:
Heir Jordan: Extreme Genealogy:
Roots Books: Psychic Roots:
Flat Stanleyâ€™s Family Tree: