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GSU students named Blue Ribbon finalists at 35th MTV College Television awards

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Georgia Southern University students have been named BlueRibbon finalists in the 35th annual MTV College Television Awards. The awardsare sponspored by the National Academy of Television Arts Foundation.

The national competition recognizes excellence in collegestudent-produced video, digital and film. The works are judged online bymembers of the Television Academy.

The judges are working professionals in eachrespective discipline and entries are awarded based on excellence in overallproduction.

"We are very proud of our students for this outstandingaccomplishment being named a finalist," said Art Berger in a statement,director of the Multimedia Development Center at Georgia Southern. "Ourstudents, with limited equipment but with drive and with pure talent, haveachieved this honor over film schools with unlimited film resources. Thiscompetition brings out some of Hollywood's top talent to recognizeup-and-coming student directors and producers for their work. It is a great accomplishmentby our students."

The series, "Just Wild", was produced entirely by studentsat the newly developed Multimedia Development Center. They collaborated with staffat the Georgia Southern University Center for Wildlife Education and the LamarQ. Ball, Jr. Raptor Center.

The series is conservation based and features efforts toprotect and regulate ownership of exotic animals, like tigers, monkeys andother exotic animals that are not native to the United States. The series airedon georgiasouthern.tv.

Allen Lincoln,Chris Ocampo, AnnNell Byne, Tim Hunt and Jake Taylor were the student producersand directors of "Just Wild". The three finalist episodes selected by the BlueRibbon Panel will be featured at an event in April hosted by "Dancing with theStars" host Tom Bergeron.

"I'mjust proud to have been given this great opportunity, and I am very proud to bea student at Georgia Southern University," said student producer, AllenLincoln in a statement.

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