Discovery Networks US Hispanic wins at NY Festival.

Discovery Networks US Hispanic/Latin America, a division of Discovery Communications, announced that it won a gold medal and two silvers at the New York Festival International Television & Film Awards 2012 for its original productions for Discovery Channel and Discovery en Español, “Mundos Extremos: Menonitas,” “Vivir Para Contarlo: Haití” and “La Ruta de la Muerte.” In addition, Discovery en Español’s original production “La Ley del Miedo” has been nominated as a finalist.

Discovery received a gold medal in the Community Portraits category for the original Discovery Channel production “Mundos Extremos: Menonitas,” a documentary that explores the motivations that lead Latin American Mennonites from across the region to live out their ideals and convictions. The company was also awarded silver medals for its original Discovery Channel docudrama “Vivir Para Contarlo: Haití,” which presents extraordinary stories of survival following the earthquake in that country; and in the National/International Affairs category for “La Ruta de la Muerte,” an original Discovery en Español production that depicts the humanitarian crisis endured by migrants entering the United States across the Mexican border.

The original Discovery en Español production “La Ley del Miedo,” a documentary that takes an in-depth look at the state of Arizona’s controversial immigration laws, was a finalist in the Social Issues/Current Events category.

The New York Festival International Television & Film Awards honor programming from more than 40 countries in both the television and film industries. Categories mirror today’s global trends and are intended to encourage the next generation of storytellers in such genres as news, sports, documentary, drama, film, soaps, webisodes, promos, music videos, corporate films and animation.

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