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    Growth, Creativity & Innovation: MediaLab’s Winning Year

    ML3DS 2015 AwardsCelebrating 20 years of service and innovative solutions was just one of MediaLab’s milestones this year.

    When it comes to growth, creativity and innovation, 2015 was a year of honors and recognition for MediaLab. Being ranked among Yahoo, Pandora and Yelp on Inc. 5000’s yearly list showed just how far we have come. MediaLab was also ranked on the Deloitte 2015 Technology Fast 500 list showing our growth among the fastest growing North American companies in the technology and media, like Hootsuite, Twitter, Facebook, Pandora, and Salesforce.

    Winning three Telly Awards for work we produced for our clients was thrilling. When we won three W³ Awards, it was like the cherry on top of the sundae. All of this recognition made our milestone 20th anniversary even sweeter.

    Inc. 5000 Ranking: 2,798

    5000For the first time, MediaLab was announced as part of the prestigious Inc. 5000 list. The announcement came on the heels of our expansion to our award-winning new headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Bruce VanWingerden, our CEO, feels that the Inc. 5000 ranking shows just how far MediaLab has come. “We’re producing our most innovative work to date, and our growth has no ceiling,” he said. “It’s really gratifying to be honored for the industry strides we have made.”

    Averaging an astounding three-year growth of 490%, the companies on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list made this year the most competitive crop in the list’s history. With aggregate revenue of $205 billion, the companies on this year’s list have generated 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Check out the complete results of the Inc. 5000 list at www.inc.com/inc5000.

    Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Ranking: 457

    TechnologyFast500This year MediaLab was also named as part of the exclusive Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list, alongside companies that together averaged an amazing three-year growth of 850%. While the biggest industry segment on the list is software (making up 57% of the list), digital content/media/entertainment companies like MediaLab make up the second largest industry segment (with 15% of the list). Others honored on the list include HootSuite, Twitter, Inc., and Zillow Group – so MediaLab is among very impressive company.

    “The 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winners have demonstrated remarkable innovation and at the same time have had a profound impact on businesses large and small,” said Sandra Shirai, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and U.S. technology, media and telecommunications leader.

    Telly Awards: Animation Innovation

    TellyThis year was the first year that MediaLab entered the Telly Awards. We were hopeful that we would win one, so when we found out we won three Tellys in the Online Commercial category at the 36th Annual Telly Awards, it sent a ripple of excitement throughout the company.

    MediaLab was selected from nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states.

    We brought home two Bronze awards and one of the highly coveted Silver awards.

    MediaLab’s Telly Award-winning Work:

    • Our creative work for the SitOnIt Seating’s Focus Family received the prestigious Silver Telly. While the animation was extremely complicated, MediaLab worked with our client’s Creative Team to deliver a winning video.
    • It was our unique take on educational advertising with Spectrum Brands, Inc.’s SmartCode™ 916 from Kwikset commercial that brought home a Bronze Telly. Our team was challenged by the complexity of the lock features, and clearly showing how the touchscreen worked.

    W³ Awards: Creative Excellence

    W3The W³ Awards are sanctioned by the prestigious Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). AIVA’s invitation-only members come from Fortune 500 companies like HBO, Disney, MTV and AvatarLabs. They judge web creative work based on a high standard of excellence – which is why we are truly honored to have won two W³ Awards.

    After winning Tellys for Contigo’s AUTOSEAL® Pitcher Demonstration and Spectrum Brands, Inc.’s SmartCode™ 916 from Kwikset animation, it should have been no surprise when they were both recognized with the Silver Award from W³. The Contigo animation Silver Award was in the Branded Content: Business to Consumer Category, while the SmartCode™ 916 animation Silver award was in the Online Video: Educational/Training Category.

    MediaLab also received a third award for the EveryDrop™ Water Filter from Whirlpool, also in the Branded Content: Business to Consumer Category. We were recognized for producing animation that featured complicated water animation, while showcasing the product’s unique key features in both a stylized and educational way.

    Learn more about the W3 Awards to see why we are so happy to be part of such an impressive group.

    Looking Ahead: An Even Better 2016

    We’re obviously proud to have received so much recognition in 2015 – but we’re already looking forward to what we can accomplish next year. Always pushing ourselves to provide clients with the most innovative and creative solutions in the industry, we’re all looking forward to seeing truly immersive 2016 plans in action. “We have so much talent on our side, I’m really excited about our 2016 plans,” Bruce said, adding, “I wish I could give you spoilers, but you’re going to have to wait and see what we have up our sleeves.”

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