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Loyalist College Receives National Recognition

May 20, 2010

The Broadcast Educators Association of Canada (BEAC) presented the 2010 National Awards at the annual conference in Toronto. Media students from colleges and universities across Canada compete for the prestigious honours. Loyalist College Television and New Media Production students received three of the 18 awards.

Acting Vice-President Academic, Geoffrey Cudmore, explained that each entry is original work of the Loyalist Television and New Media Production students, from concept to creation, to the finished production. Members of the Loyalist and Quinte region communities have become active participants in these initiatives by responding to the casting calls held by each production. An exciting balance of creativity and technical expertise is showcased each year when the finished productions are presented at a movie theatre in Belleville. 

“Congratulations to the students, their production and post-production crews and to Program Coordinator Kathleen Bazkur and the faculty of the Television and New Media Production program,” he said.  “These are amazing accomplishments.”

The winner of the Music Video Category was The Takeback with producer Jason Finch, director Drew Carlson, director of photography Brad Hale, and editor Tim McMillan. The song was written and performed by Jody Anderson. Ophelia won the Promotion Category with producer Ryan Bolduc, director Bradley Young, director of photography Tim McMillan and editor Brad Hale. The Web Designer Category went to Resident Dork by web designers Pete Sinclair and Paul Duck.

Drew Carlson, director of The Takeback, described his reaction when he learned of the award. “When I heard the news I was on a mobile production broadcasting an information meeting regarding the G20 for Rogers TV Toronto. I was so excited you couldn’t keep me on the ground. I was so happy for everyone who worked on the video and for Loyalist College. I sincerely believe that the greatest strength of the Television and New Media Production program is the faculty. They are so knowledgeable and caring that it makes it easy for a student to succeed in both the classroom and the field. They have prepared me with what I need to know to be a good employee in any work environment.”

“It was the collaboration of everyone in the pre-production group that resulted in the creation of Resident Dork,” said web designer Pete Sinclair. “The site went through many changes before we decided on our final look. This experience taught me to take concepts, apply them to different aspects of our production and incorporate that into the website. It was great to learn that the website had won.”

“We are enormously proud of our students’ innovative and entertaining work,” said Professor and coordinator Kathleen Bazkur. “They’re creating exciting, engaging content for multi-platform use that’s worthy of national acclaim. The BEAC Awards have proven that.”

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Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332, e-mail: or Jane Harrison, Acting Dean of Media Studies, ext. 2437