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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

Coors Light

Capturing Mountains in a Different Light

For photographer Reuben Wu, capturing the splendor of the world’s highest peaks demands an innovative technique grand enough to match the grandeur of his subjects. In this Great Big Story for Coors Light, we follow Wu to the Pastoruri Glacier in Peru, where he paints the nighttime landscape with light from specialized drones and illuminates the majesty of the ice blue glacial walls, 16,000 feet high in the sky.


Mass Mutual

Bikers Against Bullies

For years, Phil Mick fell victim to bullying. His worrying gave him stomach aches and he began to resent going to school. Then, he got help from some unlikely angels—50 big-hearted, leather-clad bikers. The United Motorcycle Enthusiasts are a brotherhood riding to do good. On Phil’s first day of middle school, they banded together to give him an unbelievable back-to-school escort, sending the message that empathy and love is always the answer.


Western Union

When Everything Changes

When Hurricane Maria knocked out power for millions of Puerto Ricans, banks were closed, ATMs shuttered, and everything had to be paid for in cash. In this Great Big Story for Western Union, we trace the story of two neighbors as they navigate the long road to recovery after the storm's devastation. With cooperation, kindness, and a little help from Western Union, Jonathan Sepulveda and Alana Feldman are demonstrating the power of community to overcome unexpected tragedy—even a year after the rain and winds have subsided.



Behind The Mascot

No matter how furry, fierce, or feathered, when you need a mascot made there's only one name at the head of the list. In this charming Great Big Story for Panera Bread, we meet Brittany Jacob and her madcap band of creatives at the Olympus Group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They're the team behind some of the world's most beloved mascots and know a thing or two about collaboration, creativity, and the importance of a good lunch.


Sleep Number

What Makes The Game

NFL star Harrison Smith has gone from strength to strength in his record-breaking career as a Minnesota Vikings safety. And in this stunning film for Sleep Number, Harrison reveals a key secret of his success—sleep. Through intimate interview and epic footage from the football field, Harrison invites us to see the surprising connection between the quality of his forty winks and the caliber of his gameday performance.



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.



How to Build a Rocket to Mars

In New Orleans’ bayou country, teams of engineers from Boeing are designing and constructing the world’s largest and most powerful rocket in history. Together, Boeing and NASA are uncovering the next great frontier, building a future where humankind goes beyond Earth.


Charles Schwab

Not Impossible Labs

When film and television producer Mike Ebeling came across the story of Tempt1, an influential graffiti artist now bedridden due to Lou Gehrig’s disease, he knew he had to do something to help this creator get creating again. In this inspiring film for Charles Schwab, we follow Ebeling as leaves his old career behind and founds Not Impossible Labs, an organization which uses groundbreaking technology and out-of-the-box thinking to innovate for the good of humanity.


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.


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