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Telly Award for Dark Energy Video

Independent Media Productions Nabs a Telly Award for ‘Dark Energy’ Video Production

Austin, TX, -- Independent Media Productions, Inc. has been honored with a Telly Award. "Dark Energy: Speeding Up the Universe” is one video in a series of astronomy-related videos produced by Independent Media Productions for the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Cosmology Center. The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films.

Dark energy is a complex theory to explain, and the video deciphers this subject through interviews with prominent astronomers and professors, real photos from space and artistic renderings and animations of space concepts. The script was written to appeal to a broad audience, not just astronomers or astronomy buffs. Independent Media Productions collaborated on the video production with the Texas Cosmology Center and Stardate.

“It's always great to work with bright, talented people, like those at Independent Media Productions,” said Damond Benningfield, StarDate producer. “They really helped put our interview subjects at ease, and Stacy Formby did a superb job of editing the piece to help tell the story we were aiming to convey to viewers. I think that viewers will have a much better understanding of the mysteries of dark energy thanks in large part to the efforts of Independent Media Productions.

”Planets, gas clouds and stars make up only about one-sixth of all matter in the universe. The rest of the matter generates no detectable energy, but reveals itself by exerting a gravitational pull on the visible matter surrounding it. Scientists believe this mysterious dark matter might be a type of heavy subatomic particle that was created in the Big Bang.

It is often difficult for the general public to comprehend these exciting yet complex topics. “That is why we have teamed up with StarDate to create videos, podcasts, and radio programs, so that we can use these materials to pass along the developments in our quest for understanding the Universe,” said Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu, Director of the Texas Cosomlogy Center. “The outcome has been fantastic. I am thrilled that one of the videos, Dark Energy, received a Telly Award. We have created videos on Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Inflation, and Black Holes, all of which are truly excellent. They have been used in classes, public lectures, and fund raising.”

“It was fun collaborating with the Texas Cosmology Center and Stardate. The astronomer interviews provided great insight, and it was a joy to shoot and edit, all the way through post production,” said Steve Corder, Executive Producer at Independent Media Productions.

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Located in Austin, Texas, Independent Media Productions, Inc., has been producing creative, cost effective Austin video productions for local, nationwide and worldwide clients for over 20 years. From high-tech startups to hardware giants, non-profits to world-class universities, industrial plants to Fortune 500 companies, Independent Media tailors every production to fit the needs of the client. Independent Media provides full-service non-profit, broadcast and corporate video production, including multi-camera location videography, digital video editing, post production, scriptwriting, motion graphics, multimedia and DVD authoring.Contact us at 512-388-9404 or visit us on the web at

View all of the videos in the series on the Texas Cosmology Center website.

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Dark Energy Video Production

This educational video for UT Austin won both Telly and Videographer awards, and features commentary from astronomers, an interview with a Nobel prize winner, photographs from space, and gorgeous educational animation. The script was written to appeal to everyone, not just astronomers or astronomy buffs.