2016 Bronze Telly Winner, Storm Challenge aired on WWL-TV and WDSU to 110,000 total viewers. Narrated by distinguished journalist Norman Robinson, Storm Challenge tells the story of Versabar, a heavy-lift specialist company located in Belle Chasse, LA. Versabar employees evacuated to many different locations across the country for Hurricane Katrina and then quickly tried to regroup at their newly acquired facility in northwest Houston. The documentary explores the last 10 years of the company after Katrina roared ashore in Plaquemines Parish and dealt the company a huge challenge: help cleanup the storm debris left at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and the inland waterways. Over the next decade, the company built two Lift Vessels: the Bottom Feeder and the larger VB10000.These lift platforms made the rounds in the years after the storm retrieving sunken topsides and structures from the Gulf of Mexico. Storm Challenge takes you offshore to explain the massive industry cleanup of the Gulf with never before seen footage of intricate lifts. Finally, the story closes with the homecoming stories of several Versabar employees who returned to their roots in South Louisiana.
As seen on Cox Sports TV:Take Odell Beckham, Jr. getting drafted in the first round, add the dynamic duo of quarterback Jay Tyler and running back Kendall Bussey, Jr and you have the makings of a 2016 Silver Telly winning documentary. Glory Days:Newman takes you through the season as the Greenies go for their first ever State Championship. The team advanced to the state semifinals but lost. Tyler signed with Stanford and Bussey with Texas A&M. Check them out this Fall in a stadium near you! Narrated by former Newman Greenie Lee Zurik.
Former Superdome PR executive Bill Curl told me that John Curtis might be fielding its best ever team in 2012. I wondered what that team would look like on the field so Versatile got a camera to every game home and away and produced another of our season long sports documentaries. John Curtis went undefeated and was named the National Champions of high school football for the first time in its 50-year school history. The show premiered on Cox Sports TV on January 26, 2013. This is a perfect example of the high quality video production Versatile can bring to any project.
Manning 2 Manning--Well this started our love affair with long form television sports documentaries. I read the Manning book in late 2000 and one sentence in the book said TV show: it opens our show. Peyton talks about the 1991 high school season as QB of the Newman Greenies as his most special season of football. I said there's a story there let me get an interview. Archie loved the idea and got Peyton to do a sit down interview in Indianapolis. We talked for 90-minutes just on high school football and that team. Manning 2 Manning debuted on WWL-TV after a Saints game to a 16.7 rating/27 share. HUGE numbers for any effort, much less our first 30-minute TV show! It's Family and Football in that order.
In 1995 Paul Atkinson introduced America to Newman Greenie sophomore QB Eli Manning. Check out Melissa Stark, who went on to be the Monday Night Football sideline reporter. Melissa was the host of the show that season.
Glory Days: A Season with the Wildcats--Our first nationally televised sports documentary. Glory Days followed Ryan Perrilloux's senior season at East St. John in 2004. Ryan set state and national records during the year and was named the 2005 Ken Hall National Player of the Year at the US army All-American game. He beat out Mark Sanchez and Desean Jackson for the award. Interesting point: the show was going to premiere on Saturday, August 27, 2005, on WGNO in New Orleans. Katrina washed away the show but it did make it to CBS Sports Network (formerly CSTV) for a 2-month licensing deal.