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Jehovah’s Witnesses


MARCH 7, 2016

Witnesses Receive Telly Awards for Video News Reporting

NEW YORK—Two video news releases featured in the Newsroom section of were recognized at the 36th Annual Telly Awards. News Update: Jehovah’s Witnesses Moving Forward and Stanley Theater Renovation each won a 2015 Bronze Telly Award in the “Online Video News Feature” category.

Jared Kushner, CEO of Kushner Companies, as seen in the online video News Update: Jehovah’s Witnesses Moving Forward.

News Update: Jehovah’s Witnesses Moving Forward reported on the Witnesses’ October 2, 2013, sale of a five-building complex in Brooklyn, New York, to RFR and Kushner Companies, part of the eventual move of their world headquarters from Brooklyn to Warwick, New York. The video news release featured excerpts from an interview with Jared Kushner, chief executive officer of Kushner Companies. Commenting on working with the Witnesses, Mr. Kushner stated: “A handshake means something with the Witnesses. It’s much easier to transact with a group where there’s a high level of trust.”

Architectural historian and author Richard Polton, as seen in the online video Stanley Theater Renovation.

Stanley Theater Renovation documented the Witnesses’ six-month renovation of the historic Stanley Theater in Jersey City, New Jersey, which reopened on April 13, 2013. This video news release featured Witnesses who traveled at their own expense and volunteered to work on the project. It also featured comments from Richard Polton, an architectural historian and author, who spoke on the historical significance of the building and the Witnesses’ meticulous preservation of the building’s character. “This was one of the premiere theaters in the New York metropolitan area,” Mr. Polton stated. He also described the theater’s renovation by Jehovah’s Witnesses as “a heartening example of what can be done with one of the great buildings by an organization that’s really committed to use it and use it to the maximum without destroying its architectural character.”

Both videos are available for download from the Newsroom section of, which features news releases and video news items as official information resources to assist media and academic professionals.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to honor outstanding television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and web videos and films. The field for 2015 was made up of over 12,000 qualifying entries produced between 2013 and 2015. “The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “The Witnesses’ accomplishment in the Newsroom illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

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