LS3 Studios Wins Two Telly Awards



Leonard Smith III  



New Orleans, LA – May 28, 2024 – LS3 Studios proudly announces that their documentary, “The Gulfside Assembly Story,” has been honored with two Silver Telly Awards in the 45th Annual Telly Awards. The documentary received accolades in the categories of Religion & Spirituality — Non-Broadcast and Documentary: Long Form (Above 40 Minutes) — Non-Broadcast. These prestigious recognitions mark the 7th and 8th Telly Awards for LS3 Studios, underscoring their commitment to excellence in storytelling and filmmaking.

“The Gulfside Assembly Story” is a powerful exploration of the history and impact of the Gulfside Assembly, a pivotal institution in the fight for civil rights and social justice in Mississippi. Through meticulous research, heartfelt interviews, and evocative narration, LS3 Studios brings this important narrative to life, highlighting the resilience and dedication of those who shaped its legacy.

“The caliber of the work this season truly has reflected the theme of going beyond the frame. Our industry is experimenting with new technologies like never before, crafting truly compelling stories to draw attention to some of the world’s most pressing issues,” shares Telly Awards Managing Director Amanda Needham. “The Telly Awards is uniquely positioned to meet the industry where it’s actually making work, be that on television or TikTok.”

Leonard Smith III, founder and director of LS3 Studios, expressed his gratitude for the recognition: “We are deeply honored to receive these awards for *The Gulfside Assembly Story*. This documentary was a labor of love, and we are thrilled that it has resonated with audiences and judges alike. Our goal was to shine a light on the incredible history of Gulfside Assembly and its contributions to social justice, and these awards affirm the importance of preserving and sharing these stories.”

Committed to pushing the boundaries of creativity forward, this year’s Telly Awards introduced new categories such as Generative AI, Brand Collaboration, Use of Data Visualization, Thought Leadership, and Accessibility, reflecting the evolving landscape of video and television production. The 45th Annual Telly Awards saw a record-breaking number of entries, with nearly 13,000 submissions from top video and television content producers worldwide.

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About LS3 Studios:

LS3 Studios, led by Leonard Smith III, produces documentaries that vividly depict historical narratives with emotional depth and factual accuracy. Known for their meticulous research and eloquent storytelling, LS3 Studios’ works foster intergenerational understanding and empathy, connecting viewers to historical experiences and celebrating shared history and humanity.

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