For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


August 31, 2005 (Rochester, NY) –WXXI-TV has received four Gold Aurora Awards for its Second Opinion, Let’s Do Business, Assignment: The World and Great Homes of Canandaigua Lake productions.

Second Opinion, WXXI’s nationally distributed medical series that engages healthcare professionals and patients in a fast-paced, provocative discussion of medical cases, received a Gold Aurora Award in the Fitness/Health category for its Dementia episode. The episodeintroduced a panel of researchers and healthcare providers, along with one extraordinary dementia patient, who explored the latest trends in diagnosing and treating one of the most frightening illnesses a family can face. The production team included executive producer Elissa Orlando, series producer Fiona Willis, producer Elizabeth Brock, director Scott Preston and host Dr. Peter Salgo.

Let’s Do Business, a reality show that explored the pros and cons of starting a business in Rochester, New York versus a comparable city– Columbus, Ohio, was honored with a Gold Aurora Award in the Economic Development category. Produced by WXXI in partnership with the Center for Governmental Research, the production team included vice president of TV Gary Walker, executive producer Elissa Orlando, producer/writer Fiona Willis and principal videographers Martin Kaufman and Douglas Steffer.

Assignment: The World took home a Gold Aurora Award in the Social Studies category. The weekly 15-minute news program targeted at fourth through eighth graders is the nation's longest-running instructional television program. The production team includes senior producer/director John Overlan, executive producer/reporter Elissa Orlando and announcer Wyatt Doremus.

      In the Documentary-Travel category, WXXI’s Great Homes of Canandaigua Lake received a Gold Aurora Award. The program invited viewers into six beautiful homes situated on one of the most enviable lakeside locations in the country. The production team included executive producer Gary Walker, producer John Overlan, narrator Wyatt Doremus, principal videographers Martin Kaufman and Douglas Steffer; and on-line editor Joanne Gordon.

The Aurora Awards is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. It specifically targets programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level, by focusing on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment and corporate sponsored film and video.


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