Overdraft Documentary Honored with Telly Awards

May 2, 2013

As One of Nearly 12,000 Submissions, Deficit Film Underwritten by the Travelers Institute Wins in Nine Categories

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) today announced that Overdraft, the documentary underwritten by the company about the growing U.S. deficit and its implications for the American Opportunity, has received nine Telly Awards.

“As an advocate for economic opportunity, Travelers Institute’s main goal in sponsoring the film was to raise awareness of the consequences of inaction on the federal deficit,” said Joan Woodward, Executive Vice President of Public Policy and President of the Travelers Institute, the company’s public policy division. “This recognition from the Telly Awards affirms Overdraft’s mission of generating nonpartisan, thoughtful discussion on one of the most pressing issues of our time.”

Overdraft took home two silver awards, the highest honor, in the informational documentary and graphic animation categories. The film also earned seven bronze awards in the political commentary, music, art direction, editing, and sound design categories.

“Our goal with the film was to inform and inspire viewers on one of the most significant issues the country faces by attempting to take an unbiased and visually unique look, while hearing from a diverse collection of decision makers, economists, journalists, and individuals directly impacted by the crisis,” said Scott Galloway, the film’s producer.

Overdraft included commentary from the country’s leading voices on the national debt topic —including former President Bill Clinton; former Chairmen of the Senate Budget Committee Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg; and Alan Simpson, a former Senator from Wyoming and a Co-Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — to create Overdraft. Travelers partnered with Susie Films, who independently produced the film.

It is available to public television stations across the country through the National Educational Telecommunications Association. The Travelers Institute has also conducted a multi-year University Symposia Series to screen the film and spark discussion among college students around the country.

To find out more about the Telly Awards, visit www.tellyawards.com. To watch Overdraft, visit www.TravelersInstitute.org. In addition to the Telly Awards, Overdraft has also won Prestige and Cine Awards.

About the Travelers Institute

The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of importance to the insurance marketplace and the financial services industry more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry expertise of Travelers' senior management and the technical expertise of many of Travelers' underwriters, risk managers and other experts to provide information, analysis, and solutions to public policy makers and regulators. Travelers is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.

About Overdraft

Overdraft was produced by Scott Galloway, founder of Susie Films, which has produced more than 800 television programs for networks including ABC and the History Channel. Through the National Educational Telecommunications Association, Overdraft is available for public television stations to air in markets across the country through August 2014.

About the Telly Awards

Founded in 1979, 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. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

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Source: The Travelers Companies, Inc.