Shawn Nesaw

Creative agency honored with international Telly Awards and AVA Awards

A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations celebrates industry recognition with awards in film and video production from the Telly Awards and in interactive, graphic design and marketing from the Audio-Visual Arts (AVA) Awards. A. Bright Idea was presented with one Silver and two Bronze awards by the Telly Awards for the promotional video, as well as the 2012 Holiday Party Save-the-Date video and Upper Chesapeake Health Star Night video, respectively. The AVA Awards, presented by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), honored the agency with a Platinum Award for the Battle of Bladensburg 1812 website, and a Gold Award for The Red Grape website.
“We are thrilled to receive top recognitions by the international AVA Awards and the Telly Awards competitions,” says Anita Brightman, President and Founder. “These website and interactive projects exemplify our approach to consistently developing strong interactive media, including unique concepts, creative design and exciting production. I am so pleased that A. Bright Idea and our creative team earned these high honor.”
A. Bright Idea earned a Silver Telly Award in the category of Travel/Tourism for the promotional video. The video has been used at events throughout Sonoma County like the Sonoma International Film Festival and appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle website. View the video at here.
A. Bright Idea earned Bronze Telly Awards for the A. Bright Idea Holiday Party Save-the-Date for 2012 with the theme It’s a Wonderful Life, as well as the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation Cancer Center Star Night Opening Video featuring a James Bond 007 theme. The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries annually from the top agencies in the world and grants Silver to its highest recipients.
A. Bright Idea earned a Platinum Award for the Battle of Bladensburg 1812 website. AVA’s Platinum Award is presented to organizations judged to have the most outstanding submissions in the competition. The Battle of Bladensburg 1812 website was developed in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of The War of 1812. The website features interactive maps, timelines, paintings and an interactive video recount of the battle. A. Bright Idea designed and developed this site in working with Bladensburg Archaeology, launching the website in January 2012. Visit the website at
A. Bright Idea earned a Gold Award for The Red Grape website. A. Bright Idea designed, developed and currently maintains The Red Grape website, which includes an emphasis on Sonoma’s flair for fresh cuisine. The website design features an interactive menu, new specials monthly, and custom photography, while also showcasing the family owners in an “About Us” video. The AVA’s Gold Award is presented to entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry. Visit the website at
A. Bright Idea was also recognized with an honorable mention in the AVA awards for their Upper Chesapeake Health Cancer Center campaign video – Hope for Healing, and the Sonoma County Wine Country video for

About Telly

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. Our mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 33rd Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

About AVA

AVA Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication. Work ranges from audio and video productions to websites that present interactive components such as video, animation, blogs and podcasts, to interactive social media sites as well as other forms of user-generated communication. The 2013 competition drew over 2,000 entries from the United States and several countries.

Shawn Nesaw

From left to right: Jesse Roberts, The John Carroll School; Lisa Condon, Melissa Mauldin, Katie Mercado, Jill Dombroskie, A. Bright Idea

From national Communicator Awards to regional Best in Maryland honors, growing agency delivers award-winning creative

Bel Air, Md. – A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations celebrates industry recognition for its work in advertising, public relations, marketing, graphic and interactive design. A. Bright Idea recently won multiple Communicator Awards plus accolades from the Public Relations Society of America with a Best in Maryland Award.
“Our creative approach never fails in leading to successful results for our clients,” said President and Founder Anita Brightman. “Local and national recognition honors our creative team and benefits the clients we serve.”

The prestigious Communicator Awards, presented by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, highlights the best in creative work, with over 6,000 entries nationwide each year. Entries are judged based on creativity, strategy and execution, with the top honor of Award of Excellence, followed by the Award of Distinction. A. Bright Idea was recognized with the following:

  • The Kelly Group website ( – Award of Excellence
  • Hanover Hospital annual report – Award of Distinction
  • BCSB Financial Services billboard – Award of Distinction
  • Defense Logistics Agency wall graphics – Award of Distinction
  • Bel Air Center for Addictions “I am a runner” commercial – Award of Distinction

Additionally, A. Bright Idea was awarded top honors with the 2011 Best in Maryland Award in the Print category for The John Carroll School Viewbook. A. Bright Idea developed a creative theme coinciding with a new campaign for The John Carroll School’s 2010 Viewbook, which was distributed to key stakeholders of the Catholic community, families and schools to generate interest among perspective students. Ushering in the launch of its new brand, the 2010 Viewbook remains a true representation of the school, its mission and its outlook into the future. A. Bright Idea developed the ‘Patriots Do’ creative concept, signifying the dynamic, multidisciplinary design of the school’s environment and students.
The Best in Maryland judging considers all aspects of a campaign/project including research, planning, execution and results. This year’s entries were judged by the PRSA Rochester chapter.
An award-winning advertising and public relations agency with locations in Bel Air, Md. and Sonoma, Calif., A. Bright Idea excels at identifying opportunities, generating ideas and executing customized solutions that deliver results for government, commercial and nonprofit clients including Baltimore County Savings Bank, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency, Science Applications International Corporation, Jordan Thomas Salon & Spa, U.S. Economic Development Administration, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, the girl & the fig, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, DuPont, Slavie Federal Savings Bank, Bel Air Center for Addictions, Hanover Hospital and Kenwood Kitchens, among many others. For more information on A. Bright Idea and its services, visit its website at or email