Cooperative Media Group wins 5 Telly Awards

In 2011, the Cooperative Media Group was honored with five Telly Awards, the premier awards honoring outstanding local and regional TV; cable commercials and programs; video and film productions; and web commercials, videos and films.

“Stepping Up to the Challenge”

Michael Hicks, film and television producer, worked closely with Tim Siebert, the Greene County program director, to identify MU Extension client success stories. Brenda Shannon and Becky Roark made necessary arrangements with local schools to highlight MU Extension’s food education efforts.

Watch the video: Stepping Up to the Challenge

“The Return of the Bedbugs”

Film and television producer Rob Mize spoofed old horror movie trailers to educate people about some very real creatures we thought had been banished forever. Rob said that state entomology specialists Wayne Bailey and Richard M. Houseman were a pleasure to work with and gave him the flexibility to make a creative piece about a very serious topic. “We also got a lot of help from the MU Extension plant sciences division; Darryl Slade from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and the USDA Pesticide Safety Education Program,” Rob said.

Watch the video: Return of the Bedbugs

“Share the Moment”

For 20 years, Michael Hicks has followed the MU chancellor into classrooms to surprise Kemper Fellows with $10,000 gifts. The video has become a much-anticipated tradition that past winners return to see. Watch the reactions as those surprise visits unfold.

Watch the video: Share the Moment

“2009 Internal Holiday Card”

Michael Hicks, Rob Mize and Kurt Roehlke worked closely with UM System Strategic Communications and the UM President’s office to bring you this holiday cheer.

Watch the video: 2009 University of Missouri System Holiday Greeting for Employees

“Naked Bronze: Louis Smart, Sculptor in the Ozarks”

Working closely with Missouri University of Science and Technology Professor James Bogan, Michael Hicks helped bring insight into the work of Missouri Ozarks’ sculptor Louis Smart, including his appreciation of Rodin and the long process Smart goes through in realizing his figures. The half-hour documentary is for sale on the MU Extension website at

Watch a 3-minute trailer for the video: Naked Bronze: Louis Smart Sculptor in the Ozarks

The National Association of County Agricultural Agents

NACAA Extension Education Posters Award for “Producing Horticulture Tips Public Service Announcements” by Tim Baker, horticulture specialist and Daviess County CPD, and Debbie Johnson, radio producer/director, Cooperative Media Group.

Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals

ANREP Silver Award for Video/DVD/CD for the video "Conducting Bobwhite Quail Habitat Appraisal on Your Farm"  by Bob Pierce, MU Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist and Rob Mize, TV/film producer.