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Blue Sky Productions Takes First and Second Place Honors in International Wheel Awards Competition

By Blue Sky Productions
Apr 26, 2005, 07:25

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Livonia, MI -- Blue Sky Productions has earned first-place honors recently in the Detroit Press Club Foundation's 2005 International Wheel Awards competition for its television documentary "Bibendum Challenge."

The Blue Sky crew of John McElroy, Dan Dancer, Peter Hickman, Carmen Erickson and Michael Purcell earned first place in the Television-News Program/Documentary category for the program, which appeared last fall on Speed Channel.

Autoline Detroit, North America's only weekly automotive television-news program, earned second place honors in the same category for Detroit Public Television and Speed Channel.

The International Wheel Awards was established by the 40-year-old press club foundation as an extension of its charter to promote excellence in journalism, and in recognition of the global significance of Detroit and Michigan in the automotive industry. The awards were presented during recent ceremonies at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich.

"We are extremely proud of this recognition by our peers," said McElroy, editorial director of Blue Sky Productions, which produces Autoline Detroit and the Bibendum Challenge special presentation. "The crew is dedicated to producing quality content and programming that's thought provoking and relevant to our large national viewing audience."

The award-winning program took a thoughtful look at an annual event that provides political representatives, media and industrialists with impartial information on the latest technological advances in the field of environmentally friendly vehicles.

The awards ceremony was hosted by the Individual Communicators Network in cooperation with The Automotive Hall of Fame. Awards were presented in 11 separate categories for newspaper, magazine, radio and television reporting.

Judging for the International Wheel Awards was conducted in February by faculty members of the University of Nebraska School of Journalism and Mass Communications under the direction of Dean Will Norton.

Blue Sky Productions has produced an award-winning array of television programming, including Autoline Detroit, which appears weekly on Speed Channel and Detroit public television. Its portfolio includes more than 600 hours of original broadcast TV content. In addition, its team of broadcast professionals provides companies and agencies with full production services and facilities for corporate and training videos, commercials and multimedia technology. Editing, animation and international location shooting complete Blue Sky's portfolio of video and television production services.

Blue Sky maintains an interactive web site at http://www.blueskyproductions.tv .



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