A collaboration between The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Consumer Electronics Association, the Global Media Awards honor excellence in the creative adaptation of technology that enhances video programming or content.
Jazz it Up! submitted a five-minute excerpt from the half-hour 6th episode from Season One. The show featured bassist Christian McBride, leading a quintet at the Village Vanguard, and a young sax prodigy from Italy, Francesco Cafiso, playing with strings accompaniment at Birdland. Veteran bassist Stanley Clarke was the focus of the “Jazz Spotlight” segment, at the Blue Note. “Jazz Friends” Terence Blanchard and Charles Fambrough recalled their time in Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The “Vintage” segment featured the one and only Louis Armstrong playing “Back Home in Indiana,” courtesy of Jazz Icons.See episode six from Season One of Jazz it Up! here: http://www.brownstonedigital.com/jazzitup/jazzitupep6.html.
The judging criteria for the Global Media Awards are based on: content, creativity, execution, technological achievement, efficacy, and impact. The Outstanding Long Form category recognizes programming and approaches developed and implemented for consumption and delivery by other than linear broadcast television, in programs greater than 10 minutes.
“As one of America’s artistic gifts to the world, I believe jazz should be shared and disseminated on all platforms possible,” says Greg Thomas, host of Jazz it Up! “I’ve written about jazz for 20 years, host jazz radio programs, and work with jazz organizations. But Jazz it Up! engages and empowers jazz fans and newcomers by embracing new media like the Internet, Video-on-Demand, and mobile.”
George Moorer, Jr., creator and producer of Jazz it Up!, adds: “Modern digital technology now enables professionals and lay persons to create engaging content at a much lower cost, with no sacrifice of creativity. We’re proud and honored that our series on jazz music has been nominated in the very first year of the Global Media Awards.”
The winners in the Global Media Award categories will be announced at their awards banquet ceremony on January 8, 2009 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
About Jazz it Up! Jazz it Up!, a production of BrownStone Digital, Inc., contains live performances, news, and discussions by artists playing the array of styles that make jazz. Program segments are designed to engage viewers through different angles of insight into the art form. Our editing style appeals to a younger demographic while maintaining the class mature viewers expect. This is the only online music series that incorporates: streaming interactive video; mp4 sound technology; banner and video ads; features for sharing and feedback, with a distribution model exploiting the low-cost viral nature of email. The show has been viewed by nearly 1,000,000 people in 15 countries. Any user of Apple’s iPhone can view our half-hour episodes. In fall 2008 Tivo’s Video-on-Demand service will add Jazz it Up! to the roster of shows available to its 4 million subscribers. Swing by, subscribe for free and view the most recent episode of Jazz it Up! at: www.JazzitUptv.com.
About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, and Business & Financial Reporting. Regional Emmy® Awards are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $161 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org.