Capitol Broadcasting Company received Regional Emmy© Awards for its original programs This Is Human Trafficking and Black Country. The awards were announced by the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Saturday, February 16.
This Is Human Trafficking is a five-part series that offers a rare look at what trafficking is, how it happens and who is targeted. The docu-drama series uses a unique and compelling storytelling approach to dispel the myths and misconceptions about human trafficking.
Cliff Bumgardner, Producer/Director of Original Content for CBC Audience Development says “Working on this project has been a constant honor – from the trust showed to us by survivors of trafficking who shared their stories, to our peers now recognizing us with two prestigious awards. Since the series’ release we’ve heard from many advocates and experts in the field who’re now using it to combat trafficking all over the world. If the series helps someone identify and find their way out of a trafficking situation, that is the greatest success we could hope for.”
This Is Human Trafficking won Regional Emmy© Awards in the categories of Public Affairs and Promo Spot/Program. The later award honored the promotional trailer for the series.
Black Country introduces viewers to a Black America they haven’t seen on TV. It’s an African-American culture dedicated to a country lifestyle including horses, trail rides, bush track racing and raising younger generations to value the connection between nature, hard work and each other. Capitol Broadcasting Company partnered with Black Country Productions, LLC and director/creator Keyetta Mangum to develop the documentary for multi-platform distribution. The program’s Regional Emmy© Award is in the Entertainment category.
Both programs are part of Capitol Broadcasting Company’s mission to develop longform original programming for local and national distribution. Shelly Leslie, General Manager of CBC’s original programming unit, Audience Development, says the awards honor the exact type of programming her unit works to deliver. “Though the subject matter is vastly different, both programs represent brave storytelling that reveals unseen parts of humanity. Whether it’s giving a spotlight to the vibrant culture of Black cowboys and cowgirls, or shining a light in the darkness of human trafficking, these programs make visible a part of our world we don’t often see,” says Leslie.
Black Country and This Is Human Trafficking have both set viewership records on WRAL’s Streaming Channel for most-viewed on-demand single program and multi-episode series respectively. CBC Audience Development Production Manager Anita Normanly says “The popularity of these shows on our streaming platform proves how vital original programming is in this space. Our audiences already expect WRAL News content of the highest journalistic standards. The popularity of Black Country and This Is Human Trafficking shows us they trust us for compelling, thought-provoking, original content as well.”
Both programs are available on the free WRAL Streaming Channel.
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