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Georgia Southern University Students Named Blue Ribbon Finalists for MTV College Television Awards

JUSTWILD2014Georgia Southern University students were named Blue Ribbon finalists in the 35th Annual MTV College Television Awards sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts Foundation.

The College Television Awards are a national competition recognizing excellence in college student-produced video, digital and film work. Judged online by members of the Television Academy who are professionals working in each respective discipline, entries are awarded based on excellence in overall production.

“We are very proud of our students for this outstanding accomplishment being named a finalist,” said Art Berger, director of the Multimedia Development Center at Georgia Southern. “Our students, with limited equipment but with drive and with pure talent, have achieved this honor over film schools with unlimited film resources. This competition brings out some of Hollywood’s top talent to recognize up-and-coming student directors and producers for their work. It is a great accomplishment by our students.”

The series, “Just Wild” was produced entirely by students at the newly developed Multimedia Development Center in collaboration with the staff at the Georgia Southern University Center for Wildlife Education and The Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center. The conservation-based series, which aired on Georgiasouthern.tv ¬†features efforts to protect and regulate ownership of exotic animals such as tigers, monkeys and other exotic animals that are not native to the United States.

Allen Lincoln, Chris Ocampo, AnnNell Byne, Tim Hunt and Jake Taylor were the student producers and directors of the series. The three finalist episodes selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel will be featured at the event in April. It will be hosted by Tom Bergeron, the host of ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

“I’m just proud to have been given this great opportunity, and I am very proud to be a student at Georgia Southern University,” said student producer, Allen Lincoln.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. ¬†Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.

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