Two Cleveland media production studios have scored local Emmy’s at the 49th annual award ceremony for the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The two studios are Purple Films, LLC in Cleveland and Garage Creative Studios in Brecksville. The awards ceremony was conducted June 23, 2018 at the Crane Bay in Indianapolis, IN.

Purple Films won its award for the mini-documentary “Rising: Malieke Graham” it produced in collaboration with WKYC Channel 3 – Cleveland. The official winners list names Purple Films partner Dan Gillespie as a producer on the project.

As described on Purple Films’ Facebook page, the mini-documentary “shares the story of Malieke Graham” who “is a 17 year old student at Garfield Heights who wasn’t going to let cerebral palsy stop him from playing in a varsity basketball game for his high school team.” The story is one part in the 18-part “Rising” series that appeared on WYKC.

Garage Creative Studios won its award for its work on the University Hospitals feature documentary “Healing a Community.” The official winners list names Garage Creative Studios VP & Creative Director Mark Hamer in the category for “Editor – Program (Non-News).” (Garage’s Hamer also serves on the board of directors for AAF Cleveland.)

On its LinkedIn page Purple Films writes that it is “an award-winning video production & motion design studio hand-crafting soulful experiences. We believe in sharing the stories that matter.”

The Garage Creative Studios LinkedIn page states, “We are filmmakers, storytellers, musicians and artists that are committed to telling the stories of our clients.  We create documentaries, feature length and episodic entertainment, corporate essence videos, branded content and commercial productions.”