EscapeMaker Wins Emmy Award for Agritourism Webisodes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NEW YORK , NY — April 19, 2010’s “Tastes of New York” Spring won the Emmy award in the informational/instructional category at the 2010 New York Emmy® Awards ceremony on April 18, 2010. Over 500 of New York’s top newscasters, local celebrities, journalists and entertainment professionals gathered to honor their peers at the ceremony held at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary in June 2010,, profiles local getaways and day trips within a day’s drive or train ride of New York City.

Caylin Sanders, President of and series Executive Producer, and Holly Faison, Producer, Factory Films.

Along with New York State partners from the Greater Niagara Region, Lewis County, Madison County, Dutchess County and the Town of Southampton, the “Tastes of New York” 4-part series hosted by Marissa Copeland, highlights local culinary treats, pick-your own fruit farms, orchards, wineries and agri-tourism related events and festivals across the state. In addition, like, the series encourages environmentally responsible modes of transit like Amtrak, Metro-North and renting hybrid cars.


Accepting the award were Caylin Sanders, Executive Producer of the series and President of and Holly Faison, Producer, Factory Films. “We are so proud of this award and so grateful to all the tourism bureaus we worked with and the N.Y. Department of Agriculture and Markets for allowing us to showcase agri-tourism and green getaways of New York State” said Sanders. She also thanked the intrepid crew and band of programmers and consultants along the way including Matt Howe, Brenna C. McCarthy, Jonathan Stromberg, Sam Jaffe, Rod Elvir, Hao Feng Tan, Amanda Doss, Jill Levy, Gina De Nardo, Elizabeth Quincy, Jack and Christine Norflus and Hong Fei Huang.


“The hospitality of New York State is amazing,” said Sanders. “They fed us artisanal treats and wines everywhere we went and let us do wacky things like capture windmills in lightning storms or race down to a dock with a dead flounder to get a shot in by sunset.”

Produced, written and directed by the award-winning team of Holly Faison and Dean Bell of Factory Films, “Tastes of New York State” not only incorporates farmer’s markets and restaurants but also the state’s top attractions. Series host and enthusiastic foodie Marissa Copeland, informs travelers about “green getaway ideas”, New York hotels and bed and breakfasts. Challenged by weather delays and a 5-day production schedule, the production crew started in Buffalo and traversed the state west to east. “We are so excited that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is recognizing new media and could not have done this without our talented host and crew ” commented series producer Holly Faison.

Made possible with a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and additional matching funds, promoted “Tastes of New York State” on its website and through social media channels and consumer travel tradeshows. Sanders commented, “we chose Factory Films to produce the series because Dean Bell’s script expertly wove New York State history, fun facts and attractions in and around the best epicurean experiences from all corners of the state, and host Marissa Copeland was the perfect ambassador to engage our audience. Not only did they pull off a great series and on budget, they also shot over 40 locations in 5 days and made it look like all 4 seasons.”

This spring, is expanding their green travel section with more green packages and travel ideas, plus a green getaway self-audit tool and rating for lodgings. To watch the entire “Tastes of New York State” webisode series and for links to featured destinations and lodging websites, visit: //

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