Overdraft Documentary Honored with Telly Awards
As One of Nearly 12,000 Submissions, Deficit Film Underwritten by the
Travelers Institute Wins in Nine Categories
NEW YORK -- May 2, 2013
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) today announced that Overdraft, the
documentary underwritten by the company about the growing U.S. deficit and its
implications for the American Opportunity, has received nine Telly Awards.
“As an advocate for economic opportunity, Travelers Institute’s main goal in
sponsoring the film was to raise awareness of the consequences of inaction on
the federal deficit,” saidJoan Woodward, Executive Vice President of Public
Policy and President of theTravelers Institute, the company’s public policy
division. “This recognition from the Telly Awards affirms Overdraft’s mission
of generating nonpartisan, thoughtful discussion on one of the most pressing
issues of our time.”
Overdraft took home two silver awards, the highest honor, in the informational
documentary and graphic animation categories. The film also earned seven
bronze awards in the political commentary, music, art direction, editing, and
sound design categories.
“Our goal with the film was to inform and inspire viewers on one of the most
significant issues the country faces by attempting to take an unbiased and
visually unique look, while hearing from a diverse collection of decision
makers, economists, journalists, and individuals directly impacted by the
crisis,” said Scott Galloway, the film’s producer.
Overdraft included commentary from the country’s leading voices on the
national debt topic —including former President Bill Clinton; former Chairmen
of the Senate Budget Committee Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg; and Alan Simpson, a
former Senator from Wyoming and a Co-Chair of the National Commission on
Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — to create Overdraft. Travelers partnered
with Susie Films, who independently produced the film.
It is available to public television stations across the country through the
National Educational Telecommunications Association. The Travelers Institute
has also conducted a multi-year University Symposia Series to screen the film
and spark discussion among college students around the country.
To find out more about the Telly Awards, visit www.tellyawards.com. To watch
Overdraft, visit www.TravelersInstitute.org. In addition to the Telly Awards,
Overdraft has also won Prestige and Cine Awards.
About the Travelers Institute
The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers
Companies, Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of
importance to the insurance marketplace and the financial services industry
more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry expertise of
Travelers' senior management and the technical expertise of many of Travelers'
underwriters, risk managers and other experts to provide information,
analysis, and solutions to public policy makers and regulators. Travelers is a
leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business.
For more information, visit www.travelers.com.
Overdraft was produced by Scott Galloway, founder of Susie Films, which has
produced more than 800 television programs for networks including ABC and the
History Channel. Through the National Educational Telecommunications
Association, Overdraft is available for public television stations to air in
markets across the country through August 2014.
About the Telly Awards
Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding
local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and
film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the
best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies,
television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the
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