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Blackline Review’s two Telly Awards for news and information.

NEW YORK CITY – The Telly Awards has named Blackline Review, a Chicago news media startup which covers the area’s emerging companies, a two-time Bronze winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards for two of its recent stories. With nearly 11‐thousand entries from all 50 states, and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

The first winning entry, “StartupBus Chicago“, documents the Midwest StartupBus team leaving the Merchandise Mart on March 2nd for a three‐day journey to South by Southwest. The video piece won a Bronze Telly in the News/News Feature category.

“I am really glad to see Blackline Review getting the respect that they deserve,” says Brad Wilkening, an organizer of the Midwest StartupBus, and co‐founder of DevMynd — a software design and development company. “The web needs more journalistic integrity and class, and Blackline Review brings both.”

The second winning entry, “Review: The Tribes of Kumbuya,” is an accompanying informational video to a review of the startup, “Kumbuya,” based out of 1871. The piece won a Bronze Telly in the Information category.

“I’ve been a part of numerous [informational] videos for Kumbuya, but Blackline Review’s professionalism and skill stood out from the very beginning,” says Joshua Karp, CEO and Founder of Kumbuya. “Their review video is the best that’s been produced about us and it’s one of the first things we show potential investors to introduce the company. Blackline Review provides objective, in‐depth, ratings of the best up‐and‐coming startups, and professionally‐produced videos. There’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll continue to be recognized for their work.”

“I want to congratulate Rose Tibayan and Blackline Review for winning two Telly Awards — the premier award in film and video production,” says Kevin Willer, former CEO of Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC). “Blackline Review has proven to be a quality and reputable source of comprehensive coverage on Chicago’s startup ecosystem. We wish Blackline Review continued success in the future.”

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “Blackline Review’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring the finest video and film productions, as well as outstanding local, regional, and cable TV programs, online video, films, and commercials. Telly Awards Hall of Fame members include The Discovery Channel, FOX Sports, NFL Films, ESPN, and Harpo Studios. ❒