Shefik Wins Vega Digital Award for the Website of His Syndicated Show
NEW YORK — Vega Digital Awards is an international competition catered to all creative professionals who inspire through concept, writing, or design via traditional or electronic media.
"We wish to recognize the singular achievements of small and medium-sized web design and advertising companies, and the creative professionals who are the driving force behind the global digital communications industry," says Kenjo Ong, President at International Awards Associates (IAA). "We hope to find, encourage, and reward the newest and brightest stars emerging in the world of digital communications."
With over 1,500 submissions from 32 countries throughout the world, media personality Shefik, a native of New York, has won an Arcturus Award in the 2017 competition for the website of his internationally syndicated show, "Shefik presents Invocation". The award was presented under the category "Website: Entertainment".
The website features self-produced video content that highlights a kaleidoscope of notable personalities across various disciplines, such as 5-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick; drummer and musical director Abe Fogle (Rob Thomas, Alex Bugnon, Kelis, D'Angelo, Kool and the Gang, Guy); actor Jason Stuart ("The Birth of a Nation"); musician and bandleader Tito, Puente, Jr. (son of mambo legend Tito Puente); and actor Adam B. Shapiro (HBO's "The Normal Heart").
"Winning a Vega Award is a career milestone for recipients," Ong declares. "Only the best entries received recognition. We congratulate this year's winners and wish them great success."
Vega Digital Awards is administered and judged by IAA and a carefully selected panel of internationally recognized creative professionals. Entries in 200+ categories were rated according to rigorous standards. During the blind judging period, the panelists searched for and identified the most innovative and creative concepts, the strongest executions, and the highest quality in digital media. Winners were selected from a broad scope of categories, from broadcast and print, to social media and emerging platforms.
This year's Grand Jury Panel includes 37 renowned, experienced, and brand-new judges from 16 countries worldwide. Judges hail from leading companies in the creative and digital industry from all corners of the globe, and include professionals from such power brands as Grayling, DMG, McCann Worldgroup, Unicef, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, among others.
Numerous entries from international brands and top agencies from around the world were received for this year's award program. The amount of time and passion dedicated to producing such astonishing works is truly admirable. Entries submitted by agencies for companies and brands such as eBay, Toyota, Dell, Mercedes Stadium, LG, Welder Watch, Garmin Vivo, and Clash Royale are among some of the winners from this year's awards.
"It is an honor to be recognized among such household names," says Shefik. "I look forward to striving towards the next plateau of success for 'Shefik presents Invocation'."
"What an amazing human being you are — that wonderful spirit you are! Congratulations my friend," proclaims actor Charles Valentino (Scarecrow, "The Wiz" - 1st National Tour (1976) and Broadway Revival (1984)), who is also featured on the award-winning show's website and video content. "Thank you for inviting me to be a part of the experience. What an honor!"
"Shefik presents Invocation" is sponsored by Nyea's Party, who specializes in custom ballon decor for corporate and private events, as well as multicultural party supplies.
Shefik is an accomplished industry insider, who has appeared on MTV, SiriusXM, PBS, network television, and in print media, as well as internationally on TRT World (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, based in Istanbul, Turkey). He has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. A seasoned pro in social media with a career background as a Lead Architect and Senior Web Developer, Shefik is on the cutting edge of new media. As a videographer and producer, his work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME Magazine, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail (based in United Kingdom), Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press.
About 'Shefik presents Invocation'
Aptly titled "Shefik presents Invocation", the nationally-syndicated radio show is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. The show is currently broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. Additionally, all interview segments are shot on video and distributed internationally via outlets, such as Amazon (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan). Each one-hour episode, executive-produced and hosted by media personality Shefik, highlights one relatable focal point (chosen by Shefik), along with an accompanying playlist of songs (curated by Shefik), encompassing a unique thematic concept that invigorates the audience with creative impact. Top recording artists, actors, business executives, politicians, community leaders, and other special guests are invited to offer their own commentary on the weekly topic, as a supplement to Shefik's engaging mindset. The radio show's online hub at invocation.co serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while featuring related videos and auxiliary content. The journey continues right here and everywhere.
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