WASHINGTON, MAY 11, 2016 –– RTAmerica has won 10 awards in the 37th Annual Telly Awards, including four People’s Telly Awards chosen by the public.

"The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video," Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards, said. "RT America’s accomplishments illustrate their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serve as a testament to great film and video production.”

"The fact that we received 10 awards this year indicates that US audiences are demanding a real alternative in news. RT America brings to the table the highest level of production, all the while giving a voice to those who are forgotten by the mainstream media – and we are honored that our colleagues in the TV industry acknowledge that," Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor in chief, said.

The prizes were awarded for two episodes of The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, two RT America News features, a Redacted Tonight stand-up comedy show, and two Watching the Hawks promotional pieces – spread out among multiple categories. RT America’s work was recognized among 13,000 entries from each of the 50 states.

"It’s a great honor for The Big Picture team to win these awards. Both shows that won were hour-long conversations on two very important issues facing our country: climate change and wealth inequality. More in-depth discussion needs to be had on these issues from the corporate run mainstream media," Hartmann said.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the world’s most respected television stations, production companies, cable operators, advertising agencies, and corporate video departments. A judging panel of over 500 industry professionals – each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of the Silver Telly Council – judged the competition, upholding the standard of excellence that Telly has always represented. Entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10 percent of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly, the highest honor, and approximately 25 percent of entries are awarded the Bronze Telly.