No Battle For Recognition: Bicentennial PSAs Receive 20th International Award

Posted June 9, 2011

NIAGARA REGION, NIAGARA COUNTY: The Legacy Council’s television public service announcements—“The Fog” and “200 Years”—have won Gold in the 2011 Communicator Awards for cinematography / videography; bringing their total prizes collected to 20 since the summer of 2009.


The PSAs wouldn’t be possible without WNED Buffalo. Vice President of Television Production, David Rotterman, provided the stunning footage from their upcoming documentary “The War of 1812”; a $2.3 million program set to air for the first time this October. WNED also lent their state-of-the-art HD facilities, and services of producer Paul Lamont and dynamite editor Chris Bove.


But the man behind the entire successful project is Brian Purdy, of MEDIAIMAGE. Purdy produced the video PSAs and has since been gaining exposure for the Legacy Council by submitting the videos to international awards—and rarely walking away empty-handed.


Purdy, president of MEDIAIMAGE Communications Group and producer for the PSAs says, “I was thrilled to work with WNED’s excellent footage and be a part of this important awareness campaign. The awards were an afterthought, and yet they just keep coming,” Purdy confesses.

“We are very grateful to Mr. Purdy for the quality product he produced and his on-­going passion for the bicentennial, “ says Brian Merrett, CEO of the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council. “We couldn’t ask for a better supporter.”


Designed to promote the Legacy Council’s website, , the PSAs have earned a total of 20 international awards to date, with judges scores of 91/100, 9.5/10 and a great 99/100. During the February Canadian Curling Championships in Grimsby, the PSAs were aired on both TVCogeco and Rogers cable networks; resulting in a42.52% increase in website visits to discover1812.


The Legacy Council’s PSAs can be seen on their YouTube channel



The Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council is a cross-­border not-­for-­profit organization established to commemorate the War of 1812 and celebrate the 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States which have followed.