Springfield, Ore., October 26, 2022 – With its second season of competition for 2022 concluded, the Vega Digital Awards has released its list of winning contenders. Over 1000 submissions were taken in from 20 countries, clearly demonstrating the influence and reach the awards have in its mission of honoring excellence in the digital industry.
In this particular competitive season, FPW Media walks away victorious with the Centauri award in their name. The winning work was created by FPW Media for The Debrief by Jon Becker.
“Many creatives at FPW have been working on The Debrief since it was just an idea, so we’re grateful our hard work for this project has been recognized,” said Owen Garitty, the Founder and Lead Creative of FPW. “FPW is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Jon on the creation of this podcast, and we’re excited to see what its future holds.”
In 2021, Jon Becker partnered with FPW to create The Debrief with the goal of creating a catalog of historical stories from legends in the industry and current tactical leaders. The Debrief is a podcast that streams on many platforms, including YouTube and Spotify. Industry legends and guests are invited onto the podcast to share their knowledge on leadership tactics, debrief critical incidents, and lessons they learned from their experience. The podcast was created with three different topic categories to broaden the information and guests on the show: leader and legends, training and technology, and critical incident review.
FPW worked with Jon Becker to create, brand, and produce this podcast by finding a space, building a set, and creating a template for the scripts. FPW also produced and edited the episodes, created a website for The Debrief, managed its social media, and handled PR for its first season. FPW ensured that each episode of The Debrief remained natural with some structure to the episodes but a conversational tone that Jon Becker would guide guests through. This gives each episode a similar atmosphere while allowing them to remain unique for audiences who tune in to each episode.
The awards were hosted by the International Awards Associate (IAA), a team of individuals who have dedicated themselves to honoring professional excellence with award programs running at a global scale.
“As the world uproots itself from the stagnation it has been in, we are eager to see what unfolds next,” Thomas Brandt, the spokesperson of IAA remarked. “Changes inspire, and it has certainly made its impact in the digital industry. We are glad to see talents continually striving in tandem with the world’s shifting.”
Impartiality is strongly advocated for by IAA. This can be seen by the policies enforced in the Vega Digital Awards, wherein jurors from varying industries and of notable backgrounds were brought in to judge entries. The organization also equipped their jurors with a set of strict assessment criteria, further ensuring that only the cream of the crop rose above.
Grand Jury Panel
The 22 jurors who were onboarded from 10 countries are reputable professionals within their own industries. They can be found within leading digital enterprises, such as Executive Creative Director of LevLane – Martin Bihl, Associate Creative Director of ANOMALY – Joaquin Lynch Garay, Film Director of MichaelWong Films – Michael Wong, Principal Engineer of Verizon – Harish Srigiriraju, Creative at Mother New York – Kushal Birari, Creative Director of Beamy – Ronn Lee, Creative at Snap Inc. Yeon Sang Yoon, and etc.
The entries were assessed with relevant industry standards to uphold fair assessments. Blind judging was also an important element in ensuring impartiality, whereby entries were judged on their own merits without being compared with each other.
Participation of International Brands
The Vega Digital Awards has been continually gaining traction in its fame, resulting in names of known entities populating its list of entrants. Direct submissions from companies such as HEVĒ, Bold Content Video, BLOCK TIDES, Bell Textron Inc., Leyes Media, New Moon, Down The Road Productions, Zampediverse Srl, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, SVEN, UFC, ValueLabs, and Proscalar, LLC can be seen. On the other hand, there were also submissions made by entrants who produced works for these titans, such as Lamborghini, Camuto Group, JLO Jennifer Lopez, Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), Ballher Brand, Bianchi S.p.a, SM Supermalls, Teleperformance Philippines, Pushpay, Texas General Land Office, Panasonic, Formica Corporation, and Loewe Technology.
“We take pride in being able to serve as a platform in honoring these digital talents,” Thomas said. “With the gears shifting yet again, we are excited to see what else the industry has to show us in these coming years.”
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