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Courageous is the Branded Content Studio for CNN and Great Big Story.

We believe that branded content can also be great content — we pride ourselves on telling unique, compelling stories with a sweeping, cinematic style.

Though Courageous is not connected to the News Divisions of CNN, we are inspired by their journalistic pedigree.

Our mission is to create engaging, share-worthy experiences that champion the goals of the brands sponsoring our work.

Recent Awards

Digiday Video Awards 2018

  • Best Brand Video Destination or Channel & Best Multiplatform Video Campaign

    CNN with Volvo – “Racing the Sun”

  • Best Video Publisher for Brands

    Courageous Studio

Digiday Content Marketing Awards 2017

  • Best Use of Native Advertising

    CNN with Square Enix's Deus Ex – “Human X Design”

  • Most Innovative Use of Content

    Courageous Studio

Cannes Lions 2017

  • Silver Lion, Entertainment

    CNN with Square Enix's Deus Ex – “Human X Design”

Adweek Awards 2017

  • Best Use of Animation

    CNN with Amazon's Man in the High Castle – “That Time Hitler Almost Died”

  • Grand Arc Award & Best Non-Fiction Series

    Great Big Story with Modelo – “Fighting for Better”



Courageous tells engaging stories on the behalf of clients from a wide range of industries and creative sensibilities.

  • Amazon
  • Red Lobster
  • Warner Brothers
  • Hulu
  • Sleep Number
  • Tide
  • Mass Mutual
  • Subaru
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Boeing
  • Reebok
  • TNT's The Alienist
  • Toyota
  • JC Penney
  • HPE
  • Hyundai
  • Merck
  • Lockheed Martin
  • KPMG
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Volvo
  • Bayer
  • Princess Cruises
  • Benjamin Moore
  • Charles Schwab
  • Pitney Bowes
  • AMEX
  • National
  • Showtime
  • Bravo
  • AT&T
  • LensCrafters
  • Netflix
  • EPIX
  • Intel
  • Modelo
  • Lenovo
  • Marriott
  • IFC
  • Bud Lite
  • Square Enix
  • Norfolk Southern
  • EBAY
  • T-Mobile
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Microsoft
  • Canon
  • Sony Pictures
  • Experian
  • PepsiCo
  • Cinemax
  • TD Bank / AmeriTrade
  • United

Pitney Bowes

The Ringbearer

A young man in England prepares to pop the question to his childhood sweetheart, but the most important piece of the puzzle is still half a world away. In this heartwarming video for Pitney Bowes, we follow the journey of a custom engagement ring from a jeweler in Kansas City all the way to the romantic rooftop proposal in London.


Amazon's Lore Series

Raining Cats and Dogs

Whether it's fish, spiders, or frogs, the phenomenon of Animal Rain is one of biblical proportion that has been documented by cultures across the globe for thousands of years. In this Great Big Story for Amazon's series Lore, we use documentary style interviews and stylized animation to explore whether froggy weather is an unpredictable force of nature or the vengeful act of an angry god.


Hyundai Genesis

Beneath the Pines

Making a film about a photographer presents a distinct metaphysical challenge, but the natural habitat of Korean photographer Bae Bien-U is so cinematic that we had only to follow him into the forest. In this Great Big Story for Hyundai Genesis, we see the pine forests of Korea as a breathtaking visual metaphor for Bae's journey to find inspiration from isolation.



Closer to a Cure

For the men and women coping with the effects of Alzheimer's, the search for a cure amounts to a race against time itself. In this Great Big Story for HPE, we follow an elderly couple in Germany to explore the link between memory and identity as they cope with the disease, and learn how memory-driven supercomputers are empowering scientists to experiment with new treatments.



The Scientist and the Magician

Lee “Scratch” Perry is a legendary producer and performer - the mastermind that launched Bob Marley and many other noteworthy artists. In this Great Big Story for Intel, we explore the “magic science” behind Scratch Perry and how his consuming love for technology shaped his life and career in music.


Princess Cruises

How Libby Did It

In 1985, Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the famous Iditarod long-distance dog sledding race, and gave a new face to the spirit of Alaska - strong, determined, and dedicated to a natural environment unlike any on Earth. In this visually stunning video for Princess Cruises, Libby recounts her amazing Iditarod journey and her passion for sharing Alaska's beauty with Princess travelers.



The Heroes of Muttville

For the past ten years, Subaru has partnered with CNN Heroes to give thousands of dollars in grants and support to inspirational humanitarian efforts. In this life-affirming video, we celebrate the compassion and kindness of the heroes at Muttville, a shelter that specializes in finding homes for elderly dogs who would otherwise be euthanized.


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