Burbank, Calif. - Nov. 25, 2013 - KCET's award-winning arts and culture series, Artbound, has won a National Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Feature Documentary or Special Program at this year's Sixth Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. Executive Producer Juan Devis, Bruce Dickson, Justin Cram, Matthew Crotty & Drew Tewksbury received the award for Artbound Season 2, episode 2.
This year, Artbound was nominated for six awards, including "Best Entertainment Website" for the second consecutive year and "Best Documentary or Special Program, Short," which it was awarded last year.
"It is an honor to be recognized again by the Los Angeles Press Club among such a distinguished batch of nominees," said Juan Devis, VP of Arts and Culture Programming, KCETLink. "Artbound continues to showcase the diverse arts and culture scene of our region. We are pleased to be acknowledged for our dedication to cultural journalism."
The awards were presented during a gala ceremony held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Nov. 24, 2013. The NEJ awards, currently in its sixth year, recognizes the finest work from US-based entertainment reporters and editors, and theater, film, and television critics in all media-print, radio, TV, and online. This includes international journalists working in a language other than English.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its nearly 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.
With over 50 columnists and cultural critics in 11 counties of Southern California, Artbound provides seeds of engagement through articles, videos, projects and partners, who are narrating the cultural stories of the region. The role of Artbound is not just to record, report and broadcast cultural stories; its aim is to create mechanisms--be it partnerships, projects or online tools--through which audiences can take direct action in the creation of a common narrative. Since its launch in May 2012, Artbound has earned numerous awards for its coverage of Southern California's unique narrative of arts and culture, including a Southern California Journalism Award, National Entertainment Journalism Award and Golden Mike Award. The site was also named a Webby Award Official Honoree and voted "Best Arts & Culture Site" by L.A. Weekly in 2012.