Bailey Jr, the “pet buffalo” wins a CNN AWARD!

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The award winning AND very buzz-worthy video: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-515214

Between being featured on CNN.com’s front page for nearly a full day, and capturing the attention of CNN TV’s Viral Video Program, the video also caught the attention of the CNN iReport Award judging panel. From over 150,000 videos that CNN iReport Producers vetted in 2010, my video was 1 of 6 videos nominated for the CNN iReport Original Reporting Award.

On March 15 2011, I officially won the Original Reporting Award and picked up the award during an official ceremony at CNN’s SXSW Fest headquarters in Austin, Texas.

PS — did you read the previous post about it getting the attention of Jay Leno?
Not only did the video garner top attention at CNN, but it gained the attention of Jay Leno, who featured footage of Bailey Jr (the featured bison) as part of his opening monologue in December 2010. That was just the beginning as media outlets from LA to Tokyo have been scrambling to contact the featured couple for more interviews!!!

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“You really captured the special essence of our story. You are accomplished professionals at what you do and any national and international publicity is a direct credit to your team, Percy, for presenting our story. I hope you know how much we appreciate your work!”
— Linda and Jim Sautner, owner of the World’s Largest Indoor Pet, Bailey the Bison Jr.

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Bailey Jr, the “pet buffalo”…the momentum continues…

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The award nominated AND very buzz-worthy video can be viewed here.

We have a pretty good track record at guessing what’s going to make a great report.

In fact, we were fairly sure that with our Bailey Jr. report, we were going to hit one out of the park. And indeed, that’s what we did.

But we’re still quite happy with how things turned out. 🙂

We sent it to CNN in November 2010.

It was featured on the front page of CNN.com for nearly a full day.

It was mentioned on CNN News and then various other tv presenters/programs.

Thousands of people shared the video on Facebook!!!

The video went viral and was mentioned on CNN’s Viral Video program (see it here)

A few of the other publications/programs that mentioned the buffalo directly after our interview aired: NBC, ABC, HUFFINGTON POST, E! ONLINE

Jay Leno’s researcher called us directly to get permission to use our footage on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in December 2010, Jay Leno did use footage and the featured buffalo was pictured and mentioned on Jay Leno.

Animal Planet and People.com have since visited and interviewed the family.

THEN… in February 2011, I was nominated for A CNN Award for this pet buffalo interview!!

Because of our video, Bailey Jr., the pet bison, has truly become world famous.