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Banyan developed out of the Trinidad & Tobago Television Workshop formed in 1974 dedicated to providing Trinidad & Tobago and the region with quality local television productions.

Exploring many formats: documentary, drama, public information, music and dance, Banyan has continued to develop a uniquely Caribbean approach which has been labelled Call and Response Television.

In 1977 Banyan produced the Anglophone Caribbean's first 'soap opera', a 13 part drama series on family life. This was followed by other drama series and documentaries.

In 1978 Banyan was instrumental in setting up, with a group of secondary schools, the nation's first education television production unit producing a series of popular educational programmes for airing on national television during 1978 and 1979. In 1980 the unit was absorbed into the Ministry of Education and has become the Education television Unit.

Banyan has trained video units throughout the region and has pioneered regional co-productions since the early 1980s. In 1988 Banyan's landmark series Caribbean Eye, a 13 part series of half hour programmes on Caribbean culture won numerous international and regional prizes. Co-productions outside the region have been done with UK, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, India, United States and Canada.

In 2004 Banyan started a community television station called GAYELLE:THE CHANNEL and transmits 100% local and regional programming 24 hours a day 7 days a week on channel 23 UHF and channel 7 on the local cable system. It is the first over the air television station in the region to do this as well as creating 14 hours of original television programming every day.

Beginning with its award in 1980 at the Commonwealth Film and Television Festival for its "convincing use of low budget video to reflect community life" in its production Village To Best Village, Banyan has won dozens of awards both locally and internationally for its productions.


AWARDS

First Commonwealth Film & Television Festival: 

"Special award for convincing use of low budget video for community development" 

1980 Village to Best Village

BWIA National Media Awards, Trinidad: 

Best Series 1988 

Gayelle

 

Best Documentary on A.I.D.S. 1988 

Gayelle A.I.D.S. Special

 

Best Series 1989 

Gayelle

 

Best Entertainment Programme 1989 

Zouk - Kassav in Trinidad

 

Best Documentary 1989 

Crossing Over

Images Caraibes, 2nd Caribbean Film & Video Festival: 

Best Video Documentary 1990 

Crossing Over

Images Caraibes, 3rd Caribbean Film & Video Festival: 

Best Video Documentary 1992 

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

 

Best Environmental Film 1992 

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

Caribbean Publishers and Broadcasters Association 

Best Caribbean Television Series 1992 

Caribbean Eye

Caricom Prize: 

For fostering regional integration 1992 

Caribbean Eye

National Black Programmers Consortium, USA. 13th. Annual International Film & Video Competition "Prized Pieces": 

Best Public Affairs Documentary 1993 

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

National Media Awards for Excellence, Trinidad 

Best Current Affairs Programme 1996 

The Pink Mealy Bug in the Caribbean

National Media Awards for Excellence, Trinidad 

Best Documentary 1996 

Habitat ll - Think Global, Act Local

Caribbean Broadcasting Union Merit Awards for Excellence

Best Children’s Programme 1997

The Music of the Street

PAHO National Media Awards

Best Television Feature 1998

After One Time Is Two Time

 

Certificate of merit 1998

Moksha

PAHO Caribbean Media Awards

Best Television Feature 1998

After One Time Is Two Time

PAHO National Media Awards

Best Television Feature 2001

A Community in Danger

PAHO Caribbean Media Awards

Best Television Feature 2001

A Community in Danger

Sandals Eco-Journalism Award

Best Television Ecological programme 2001

A Community in Danger

National Drama Association of Trinidad & Tobago

Vanguard Award

For innovative, ground-breaking television and a brand of ingenuity that has served to redefine the way we see ourselves and our region.

PAHO National Media Awards

Best Television feature 2004

Live & Let Live

PAHO Caribbean Media Awards

Best Television feature 2004
Best Feature on HIV/AIDS 2004

Live & let Live

 

 

 

 

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