The documentary series On Duty 24/7 and 180 Days recently garnered buzz with three award wins at two international festivals. Broadcast by Télé-Québec, these programs offer an inside look at the hospital and education sectors.

Both of these Avanti Groupe productions were awarded medals by the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, which announced winners yesterday via press release. 180 Days, which offers a unique fly-on-the-wall look at the heart of a public secondary school, was awarded the Gold World Medal in the category of “Documentary: Educational/Instructional.” On Duty 24/7, which instead puts you in the heart of a hospital, won the Silver World Medal in the category of “Documentary: Social Issues.” Last year the production took home gold in the same category. The awards ceremony, usually held in Las Vegas, recognizes content from more than 50 countries.

On Duty 24/7 also won the Intermedia-globe Silver Award in the category of “Documentaries: Medicine” at the WorldMediaFestivals Television & Corporate Media Awards. Due to the cancellation of the event, which was set to be held in Hamburg in late May, winners were notified directly by the organization. The full list of winners will be available on its website in the coming weeks. The competition included 795 productions from 32 countries.

Like so many others, the television industry has been hard-hit by the current crisis and will need to be extremely creative to get through the coming months. In this context, Luc Wiseman, producer and president of Avanti Groupe, is delighted to see Quebec excellence celebrated and his teams’ work recognized on the international scene. He also highlights the generosity of the stars of both series, who allow the filming and production crews a firsthand glimpse into their daily lives.

Catch up on all episodes of On Duty 24/7 and 180 Days, available to stream for free on