Toronto Port Authority and Media Monkey Productions win 2011 Telly Award for Best History/Biography short film

POSTED IN Press August 4, 2011

Toronto, August 4, 2011 – The Toronto Port Authority and Media Monkey Productions Inc. announced today that they have won top in their category for ‘Best History/Biography (non broadcast)’ for their short film Billy Bishop: Canadian Maverick at the prestigious 2011 Telly Awards in New York.

The short film, commissioned by the Toronto Port Authority in honor of the naming ceremony for the Billy Bishop Airport, showcased the remarkable life of WW1 flying ace and Victoria Cross recipient Billy Bishop, and featured an interview with his son Arthur Bishop, WW2 Veteran and author.

“I am pleased that my father’s legacy continues to be celebrated and I thank the Toronto Port Authority and Media Monkey Productions for this opportunity,” says Arthur Bishop author of Winged Combat.

Toronto Port Authority Board Chairman, Mark McQueen, says the award celebrates the life of a great Canadian. “We are proud to be part of a project that has received recognition and are honoured to have had the opportunity.”

“Media Monkey Productions is committed to producing quality Canadian programming and we are honored to have had the opportunity to work with such a prestigious and integral organization as the Toronto Port Authority and respected author and war veteran Arthur Bishop in highlighting the remarkable career of a truly Canadian hero – Billy Bishop,” says Jeff Halligan, President of Media Monkey Productions.

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. Since 1978, their mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 32nd Annual Telly Awards received over 11,000 entries from five continents.

Billy Bishop: Canadian Maverick was produced by Media Monkey Productions Inc. for the Toronto Port Authority.  About Media Monkey Productions

Media Monkey Productions Inc. is an entertainment company that develops and produces documentaries, films, and television series for theatrical, broadcast and multi-media markets.  Since its founding, the company has been committed to the development and production of Canadian programming for the national and international marketplace. Media Monkey Production’s prime-time credits include the critically acclaimed doc series Open Doors narrated by Isabella Rossellini (RTI- Mediaset), Postcards from TIFF project, the feature documentary Window on the World: 25 Years of Multicultural Television (OMNI TV) and Canada’s Walk of Fame: Focus on Denys Arcand (Global Television). The Company has also produced multi-media projects for The National Film Board of Canada’s 65th anniversary, The Banff World Television Festival, and for the Canadian Film Centre. The company is currently in production on the feature documentary and multimedia project Operation Oblivion.  For more information visit: www.mediamonkey.ca .

About Toronto Port Authority

The Toronto Port Authority was incorporated on June 8, 1999 as a government business enterprise under the Canada Marine Act as the successor to the Toronto Harbour Commissioners. It is a federal public authority providing transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses. The TPA owns and operates the Billy Bishop Airport, Marine Terminals 51 and 52, and the Outer Harbour Marina. The TPA also provides regulatory controls and public works services to enhance the safety and efficiency of marine navigation and aviation in the port and harbour of Toronto.

For further information about the TPA, or to view the video, go to  www.torontoport.com.

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For media inquiries please contact:

Micol Marotti, MM Publicity, A division of Media Monkey Productions

416 567.1698, micol@mediamonkey.ca

or

Suzanna Birchwood
Director, Public Affairs, Toronto Port Authority
(416) 863-2036/ (416) 317-6405 (mobile)
SBirchwood@torontoport.com

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