Biz Kid$ Wins 2010 Telly Award

The Emmy Award-winning series Biz Kid$, the youth-focused and credit union-funded financial education show on public television, has added yet another award to its trophy cabinet, collecting the 2010 Silver Telly for excellence in Financial Literacy Education Production.

The Telly Awards are a highly sought after national award that honor the very best local, regional, national and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.   

“The Telly Awards represents the foundation of our mission,” says Jamie Hammond, the show’s executive producer. “This type of recognition is wonderful and additionally helps us with our mission of teaching children the understanding and management of money.”

These awards are different from most other prizes in that entries do not compete against each other. Instead, they are judged against a high standard of merit. Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded as Silver or Bronze Winners based on the combined scoring of the judges who evaluate each entry. Empowered to uphold the historical standards of the Telly competition, judges may award top honors to more than one entry or no entries in a particular category.

For America’s Credit Unions, the exclusive underwriter of the series, this prize is further recognition of the value and quality of Biz Kid$, says RoxAnne Kruger, who oversees fundraising efforts through the Washington Credit Union Foundation.

The Foundation has instigated a new donation recognition program whereby contributors receive thank you gifts for their support of the show, which increase along with the level of giving. Gifts include signed thank you letters, DVDs, t-shirts, studio tours, and a chance to have a child appear on an episode of Biz Kid$.

This award comes as the show moves to a newer and larger location in Seattle, again illustrating the program’s success. The new space has been used to make such movies as ‘Assassins’ with Sylvester Stallone and ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Biz Kid$, which is filmed in Seattle, began airing nationwide in January 2008. It is now available on 99 percent of public television stations, bringing its message of financial responsibility and entrepreneurship to more than 230 million people. The show has been so well received that stations are airing it five-days a week and in high definition (HD).  Each episode of Biz Kid$ comes with teaching materials, lesson plans and activities that meet national financial literacy standards—available on CD-ROM or via free download on the Washington Credit Union Foundation website. An expanded curriculum for five core modules is available in both Spanish and English.




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