2012 Peer Awards – Award Show Recap and Winners

Last Saturday night at The National Press Club, TIVA members from all around the area descended upon the red carpet for a night full of food, fun, and award show dreams come true. TIVA-DC (Television Internet and Video Association of Washington D.C.) pulled out all the stops this year and put on another event to remember.

2012 Peer Awards Program
The 2012 Peer Awards Program

Arch Campbell: A Host With Chutzpah

Local television personality and entertainment guru Arch Campbell delivered a signature performance as he hosted the night with style. Arch’s timeless wit and dry humor left no dull moments. Mr. Campbell mused on the “privilege” of once again hosting the peers, and apologized for himself with the signature line, “Wendy Reiger is out of town…”

For more on Arch Campbell at the Peer awards 2012, check out our article from last week.

TIVA-DC Peer Awards – Hosted by Arch Campbell

Arch Campbell in his signature hat.

And the Award Goes To…

The night was divided by the talents of four main presenters, each of which is a local celebrity in their own right.

The bubbly and charismatic Monika Samtani opened up the night with the first round of awards.

Local Celebrity Monika Samtani

Monika was followed by the multi-talented Rick Kain.

Rick Kain - Headshot

Rick yielded the presenter’s podium to the upbeat personality of Tara Garwood.

The lovely Tara Garwood, who I now have a crush on...

Finally, local legend Ken Arnold closed out the final awards.

Ken Arnold Headshot

Honoring Excellence

Scott Gordon (Left - Word Wizards) Linda Maslow (Right - Maslow Media Group)
Scott Gordon, C.E.O. of Word Wizards, Inc., hams it up with Linda Maslow at the 2012 Peer Awards

Linda Maslow founder of The Maslow Media Group received this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award. Linda has spent her professional life working hard in the media production industry. A personal friend of Word Wizards, Linda has single handedly created an industry of professional staffing services for video productin in the D.C. Area. We tip our hats to this long time supporter of TIVA-DC and thank her for all the hard work she has humbly put in to help all of the people in our industry.

Get The Full Scoop

If you want more juicy details, photos, videos and other Peer Award related media, hop on over to the TIVA-DC’s official website, we have provided a few quick links below.

TIVA-DC Presents: The 2012 Peer Awards

TIVA-DC Home Page: 2012 Peer Awards Slideshow

2012 Peer Award Full List of Winners

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TIVA-DC Peer Awards 2012: Hosted by Arch Campbell

Roll out the red carpet, the time has come for The 2012 TIVA-DC Peer Awards. Word Wizards Inc. has been a proud sponsor of TIVA-DC for over 15 years and we are happy to continue our support at this year’s Peer Awards. The stage is set for a media industry extravaganza, all in the spirit of honoring the best video projects of 2012. There will be laughs, tears, celebrities, and most importantly, there will be winners and losers. The Peer Awards will be held this Saturday, November 17th, and will be hosted at The National Press Club in D.C.

The National Press Club Ballroom

Host With The Most: Arch Campbell

Local celebrity and news media legend, Arch Campbell, has graciously agreed to host this years event. Mr. Campbell last hosted the Peer Awards in 2004 and has agreed to come out of award show host retirement for one last Peer Performance. Arch currently hosts “The Arch Campbell Show” on ABC News Channel 8 and is currently the entertainment reporter for ABC News Channel 7. Boasting a career in news media that spans over 35 years, Arch Campbell is the perfect man for the job, and we look forward to his upcoming role as the irreverent Peer Awards 2012 MC.

Arch Campbell

A Night of Many Talents

TIVA members from all across the region have submitted their best work in an attempt to take home a coveted Gold Peer Award. The categories range all across the video production spectrum. Winning Peer Award glory is a very special honor in our community, and we look forward to seeing all the entries and watching the proverbial cream rise to the top. Rumor has it that there will be more than just awards to entertain us this year, with some much needed comedic commentary by one of our most beloved TIVA-DC members.

Glitz, Glam, and Food

The Red Carpet is gunna' roll!

The 2012 Peer Awards are set to be a night to remember. Last year I was blown away by the winners, the presentations, and the amazing spread of food and desert. Check out my article form last year if you want a quick look at The 2011 Peer Awards. I know this year will be just as delicious! Thanks to all of our friends at TIVA-DC who work their tails off to organize and put on this wonderful event. So make sure to join us this year if you can. If not, check back to our blog next week for our recap of the night.

 




TIVA-DC at the Government Video Expo

There were some impressive booths this year at the world famous Government Video Expo, held in Washington, D.C. Big industry names like Panasonic, JVC, and Roland put together incredible demonstrations of their latest and greatest products. Innovation was abounding, and at the heart of it all, TIVA-DC, long time supporter and organizer of the GV Expo, hosted a record breaking promotional membership drive and prize giveaway.

A topside view of the Government Video Expo
A look from above at the GV Expo

TIVA-DC and Discovery’s Military Channel, with the help of Word Wizards, Inc. was responsible for organizing two wildly successful panel sessions this year. This years keynote was “Lights, Camera, Military Action.” When you need to get footage of the real U.S. Military in action, you call one of the Hollywood Military Liaison Officers.

Lights Camera Military Action Guest Speaker Panel
Lights Camera Military Action Guest Speaker Panel

Ken Hawes, (Army Wives, Men of Steel), U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Jason Johnston (Battle Los Angeles, Avatar) U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Fransisco “Paco” Hamm (Transformers, Iron Man 2) and U.S. coast guard Commander Sean Carroll (The Adjustment Bureau, Deadliest Catch) offered a discussion and Q & A session talking about their diverse work coordinating the private video industry with The U.S. Armed Forces. TIVA-DC solutes all of our honored men and women who serve this great nation proudly, and we thank these distinguished guest for their contribution to this year’s GV Expo.

The TIVA booth signing up new members
New recruts for TIVA

The TIVA booth was hot like spicy sauce this year, as conference goers leaped at the chance to join our ever growing organization. Volunteers worked constantly to inform potential new members and sign up for TIVA – DC. TIVA sponsors donated several different items (usb flash drives, TIVA hats, and a gift certificate for dinner at The Woodmont Grill, donated by Word Wizards) to be raffled off at the end of the day.

TIVA's GV Expo prize giveaway
Jerry Griffith, Current TIVA-DC President (left) Tun Flaherty, Previous TIVA President (Center) Scott Gordon, Word Wizards CEO and TIVA Sponsor (Right)

Another successful GV Expo! Word Wizards would like to thank all of our TIVA-DC volunteers, guest speakers, and new TIVA-DC members who made this year a smash hit!




TIVA-DC Presents The 2011 Peer Awards

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Word Wizards!

Do you like glitz, glam, stars, and swanky awards shows? Sure, they have plenty of that out on the west coast, but did you know that right here in DC we have a thriving video production industry of our own?

Logo for the DC Peer Awards

Last weekend, TIVA – DC (Television, Internet and Video Association of DC) hosted the 2011 Peer Awards, an awards show dedicated to recognizing the best of the Mid Atlantic region’s Video Production Professionals. Word Wizards has been an active sponsor of “The Peers” since its original inception, and this year we pulled out all the stops. Hosted at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., The Peer Awards offers a unique opportunity to honor the best and brightest actors, producers, writers, and post houses in our region.

TIVA-DC Peer Awards
TIVA-DC Peer Awards Program

The evening began with a fantastic spread of hors d’oeuvres and a hearty dinner buffet. My personal favorite was the peeking duck station, providing freshly cooked Chinese delights, customized to your order, and cooked right there in front of you! After a few hours of dinner, drinks, and casual networking, the attendees were invited into the lavish ballroom to take their seats and enjoy the show.

The official MC for the evening was Wendy Rieger, a distinguished Emmy winning Local news anchor, who grabbed the room with her radiant stage presence and witty charm. Guest presenters included, Actress Joy Haynes, Voice Talent Will Rosser, Actress and Peer Awards organizer Gale Nemec, and Actor Joe Hansard.

Wendy Rieger Host of the 2011 DC Peer Awards
Wendy Rieger Host of the 2011 DC Peer Awards

Awards were given out based on a set of strict judging criteria, submissions received either a bronze, silver, or gold award based on an objective evaluation of the piece. The categories included everything to be expected, scriptwriting, sound design, acting, editing, and overall excellence. For a complete list of the categories and winners see The Peer Awards website.

After the grand ceremony, we enjoyed a unbelievable desert spread (seen below) , coffee, and congratulatory conversations with our peers. It was a night to be remembered and were already thinking about next years event!

Peer Awards 2011 Desert Spread
Peer Awards 2011 Desert Spread

Word Wizards was proud to be a gold sponsor of The DC Peer Wards for another year. In honor for our long term commitment to TIVA-DC and The Peer Awards, we were even given the opportunity to run a video promotion during the awards ceremony! This was the first time that our company has ever produced a piece of video marketing, and we made sure to utilize the chance to send our message to the video production community. Word Wizards thanks TIVA-DC for all of the hard work that has gone into The Peer Awards and we congratulate all of the winners for their continued dedication to excellence.