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Zolo news team wins an Emmy

Zolo news team wins an Emmy

An Emmy ® statuette is at the Zolo Media office thanks to the efforts of the Zolo news team of Joe Dean and Joe Cima.

Dean and Cima were the co-winners of an Emmy in the National Academy of the Arts Northwest Region that was presented June 3 in Seattle. The Zolo team won in the News Promotion Campaign category. The winning campaign included a series of 30-second commercials asking local and area residents to tell their life story. The commercials promote the new Central Oregon Daily show.

Dean works as the creative services producer at Zolo and he was the writer/director/producer of the commercials, while Cima is co-writer and videographer for the promotional pieces. KOMO News in Seattle were co-winners of the Emmy with Dean and Cima.

The project came about when Zolo Central Oregon Daily Content Manager Curtis Vogel came to Dean’s office asking him to create a campaign using the phase, “What’s Your Story?” That was the spark that set the project in motion.

The kick-off commercial notes that “everyone has a story to tell.” The spot reminds viewers that “A good story has more than just a beginning and an end. It has conflict and struggle, happiness and pain and a good story takes you somewhere you have never been.” The first spot was a 30-second ad that was broadcast during the 2016 Super Bowl.

From there, the Joes produced commercials including a spot about Marge Kalama and her life on the reservation and how it impacted her as a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The duo also produced a story about hardworking, dairy plant operator Bob Eberhard of Eberhard’s Dairy.

“It was an honor to even be nominated for an Emmy,” said Dean. “To win is something that is more than we ever imagined.”

Emmy nominees for the News Promotion Campaign category include:

  • What’s Your Story; Central Oregon Daily • KOHD/KBNZ • Joe Dean, Writer/Director/Producer • Joe Cima, Co-Writer/Videographer (CO-WINNER)
  • So Northwest • KOMO • Deborah Ellis, Promotion Producer/Writer • Ryan Severn, Promotion Writer/Producer (CO-WINNER)
  • Best in the Business • KIVI • Eric Holbrook, Creative Services Director • Steve Tubbs, Marketing Manager • Lee Vander Boegh, Creative Services Producer
  • Call Kyle • KGW • Randy Cobb, Writer/Producer/Director/Editor • Skyler Stever, Producer
  • Alaska Fast Facts • KTUU • Brad Hillwig, Producer • Felix Rodriguez, Editor • Colin Lamar, Graphics

The Emmy Award is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry. There are 20 total regional chapters located across the United States. Each chapter has regional awards to recognize excellence in all the regional television markets, including state to state programming as well as local news and locally produced shows. Take a look at the Zolo Emmy-nominated campaign for the Northwest Region:

Kick-off story about campaign 

A couple of the campaign stories

Clean waterworks campaign commercial wins regional award
Summit High Schooler Makenzie Hice and Zolo’s Creative Service Producer Joe Dean recently developed a commercial together for the City of Bend’s Clean Waterworks campaign. Zolo’s Creative Services Department collaborates with the non-profit organization Bend Film and the City of Bend to help young filmmakers learn to take their idea, work in a studio, use professional equipment and lighting and produce an actual commercial message.

Makenzie’s 30-second commercial received an Excellence in Communications Award from the American Water Works Association’s Pacific Northwest Section for Best Video – Large Utility for a Clean Water Works.

This year, Joe will continuing mentoring others as he serves as a judge for all 15 entries of the Bend Film and Kid’s Film contest.

New BendBroadband billing system is more secure

New BendBroadband billing system is more secure

BendBroadband is converting to a new billing system and this month each customer will be mailed a new, 16-digit account number and 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). A PIN adds an extra level of security to your account and prevents unauthorized changes. You’ll need your PIN and account number when calling BendBroadband with questions about a… Continue Reading

BendBroadband sponsoring Sisters Quilt Show, July 8

BendBroadband sponsoring Sisters Quilt Show, July 8

BendBroadband is a proud sponsor of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show™, one of the world’s largest outdoor quilt show and sale. This event brings locals, visitors, business members, sponsors and community supporters together to support the Sisters area through an engaging weekend of fun. Artists from around the world will be at the show on Saturday,… Continue Reading

No Internet Usage Monitoring in June

No Internet Usage Monitoring in June

Due to the BendBroadband billing conversion, Internet usage will not be tracked in June, nor will it be viewable online. Therefore, overage charges will not apply. In July, when the new billing system is in place, tracking (and overages) will resume. You’ll also be able to see up to 12 months of Internet usage history… Continue Reading

Why it’s important to open your mail

Why it’s important to open your mail

BendBroadband is converting to a new billing system and will soon mail each customer a new, 16-digit account number and 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). A PIN adds an extra level of security to your account and prevents unauthorized changes. You’ll need your PIN and account number when calling BendBroadband with questions about a service or… Continue Reading

Happy 242nd Birthday Army!

Happy 242nd Birthday Army!

On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress established the United States Army, which began as 10 groups of riflemen set to serve for one year.  It has since grown into the largest US military branch, with 1.4 million active duty members and an additional 540,000 members in the Reserves and National Guard.  Today, we celebrate… Continue Reading

How mentoring others, helps you professionally

How mentoring others, helps you professionally

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin Seven years ago, Joe Dean, Senior Creative Services Producer for Zolo in Bend, Ore., met Editor Bryan Johnson. That meeting and their subsequent friendship, he says, opened his eyes to making better commercials. “Anything he (Bryan) taught… Continue Reading