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Documentary on Billy Graham among NAMB award recipients

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (BP)–The North American Mission Board’s broadcast communications group has won several awards recently, including one from MovieGuide magazine and five from the cable Telly Awards.
“Common Ground,” a documentary on the life and influence of Billy Graham, received the Swiss America Golden Eagle Award for outstanding redemptive documentary at the seventh annual MovieGuide awards banquet held March 18.
Produced by NAMB’s broadcast communications group for ABC Television, the program featured testimonies from former U.S. presidents and cabinet members, entertainers and Olympic athletes on the impact of Graham’s influence in their lives.
“Common Ground” also was one of five finalists for the Epiphany Prizes for the Most Inspiring Movie and Television Programs, which were won by the “Seventh Heaven” series, Warner Brothers Television, and “The Prince of Egypt,” DreamWorks Pictures. The purpose of the Epiphany Prizes, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, is to encourage the production of feature films and television programs which are uplifting, inspirational and acknowledging of God, his love, his mercy and his grace.
MovieGuide is a publication of Good News Communications, a ministry dedicated to redeeming the values of the media according to biblical principles by influencing media executives.
Five NAMB programs also were awarded Classic Telly Awards in a special competition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the awards, which recognize outstanding non-network and cable TV programs.
The programs include “Circle of the Earth,” 1996, highlighting the religious faith of astronauts and others involved in America’s space program; “Wings As Eagles,” 1994, about life on a U.S. aircraft carrier; “Ralph Carmichael’s Big Band Christmas,” 1997, a live Christmas concert of big band jazz featuring special guest star Margaret Becker; “True North,” 1997, featuring Canadians who share a deep, personal, spiritual faith; and “Ken Davis: Lighten Up,” 1997, a live concert compilation of speaker, comedian and best-selling author Ken Davis’ favorite stories.
Videos of the programs can be ordered from NAMB’s media offices in Fort Worth, Texas, by calling 1-800-777-1127 or via e-mail to [email protected].

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