SAINT LOUIS - In an unusual feat for an advertising agency, Rodgers Townsend won a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Promotional Announcement - Institutional for the PBS Kids Trusted Guide. "We're very proud of this one," co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Tom Townsend said.
"We are honored to work with PBS, one of America's great brands, and one that is responsible for enhancing life for so many, of all ages," Townsend continued. "Few institutions expose us to so many worlds of possibilities. PBS is a national treasure."
The 60-second spot combined live action and post-production animation to show how PBS children's programming, and the characters in the programs, are a child's trusted guide, helping them develop and create the products of their imagination. It took the better part of a year to produce due to the ambitious concept, which incorporated beloved PBS characters such as Grover, Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
The people at Rodgers Townsend are no strangers to the child-focused category. "We've worked on children's literacy, youth music education, and children's nutrition and healthcare. We feel privileged to continue that tradition of working in the area of parent, child and family-focused brands with PBS," Townsend said.
Mr. Townsend was the creative director on the project, Nathaniel Bull handled art direction, Ben Bohling was the copywriter, Kathy Goebel was the producer, and Patty Ivey handled account management. It was directed by Russ Lamoreux of Biscuit Filmworks and edited by Brian Lagerhausen of BEAST San Francisco. Animation was handled by Carlson Bull of Bully! Entertainment in Baltimore, MD.
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