ESPN Awarded TV Programmer of the Year by New York Festivals

New York, NY | January 28, 2009

ESPN was in the spotlight this year, winning the coveted title of TV Programmer of the Year for the second year in a row. The sports cable network was honored by the 2009 New York Festivals Television Programming and Promotion Awards, sweeping this year's competition with a total of 45 winning entries. ESPN won ten Gold Medals, ten Silver, six Bronze and nineteen Finalist Certificates.

Three Gold Medals and Silver were awarded to two documentaries produced by ESPN's new film division, ESPN Films. “ Black Magic” a two part film that chronicles the injustices of the Civil Rights Movement, as told through the lives of basketball players and coaches who attended Historical Black Colleges received three Gold Medals in the following categories: Best Direction, Best Soundtrack and History & Society. “ The Zen of Bobby V,” which follows former Mets manager Bobby Valentine and his current job managing the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan, was awarded a Silver Medal. 

“ 'Black Magic' and 'The Zen of Bobby V' were especially important documentaries in the rollout of our new ESPN Films brand last spring. While very different stylistically, both films told stories that we are proud of. We're thrilled to have these films recognized with such wonderful honors form the New York Festivals Television Programming and Promotion Awards,” said Kristin McDowell, associate producer, ESPN.

ESPN was honored in a wide variety of categories including: Best Camerawork, Sports Special, Cultural Issues, Children's/Youth's Special, Music Video, Best Writing, Sports & Recreation and Best Regularly Scheduled Entertainment Program. For a complete list of ESPN's winning entries visit 

The 2009 Television Programming and Promotion Awards received entries from 30 countries, spanning 5 continents. The competition, now in its 52nd year, honors “ The World's Best Work” in categories such as news, documentary, information and entertainment programming, in addition to music video, infomercial, promotions, spots, openings and IDs. 

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