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WPSU, Penn State Student Productions Score Emmy Nominations

by on August 18, 2016 11:14 AM

WPSU Penn State has earned seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations for excellence in television programming and individual achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Penn State student-produced work, meanwhile, has been nominated for seven 2016 College/University Production Awards, the equivalent of regional Emmy Awards, also awarded by the academy.

The winners for both the Regional Emmys and the College/University Production Awards will be announced on Sept. 24 at an event in Philadelphia.

For WPSU, which has won 19 Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards since the chapter’s formation in 1981, 12 individuals were recognized through five production and two individual achievement categories.

“This recognition is a testament to the station’s commitment in developing impactful programming for our local communities,” said Kate Domico, WPSU Penn State executive director. “We’re honored to receive this acknowledgment from our peers.”

Penn State student-produced work receiving College/University Production Awards nominations includes four in broadcast categories and three in film categories.

Programs produced in Penn State's College of Communications have earned nine College/University Production Awards over the past three years, with “Centre County Report” being selected as the best newscast each of those years.

WPSU MID-ATLANTIC EMMY NOMINATIONS

Arts Program/Special: “Music Theatre Spotlight 2015”

Jeff Hughes, producer/director; Michael Klein, audio mixer
“Music Theatre Spotlight” showcased the Penn State musical theatre program’s senior class during a special broadcast on WPSU-TV.

Children/Youth/Teen (19 and under) Program or Special: "Science-U: Backwash"

Kristian Berg, producer/director
The “Science-U” series is an on-going collaboration between WPSU Penn State and the Eberly College of Science aimed at exciting children about science through hands-on experiments. During the “Backwash” episode, campers tested the bacteria levels in milk when drinking from the carton and a glass.

Education/Schools – Program/Special"You Can’t Say That"

Jeff Hughes, executive producer; Lindsey Whissel Fenton, producer
“You Can’t Say That” documented Penn State students’ interactions – prompted from Dr. Sam Richards and Dr. Laurie Mulvey unique approaches to diversity instruction – during the University’s popular race and ethnic relations sociology class.

Human Interest Program/Special: "Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson"

Cheraine Stanford, producer/director; Cole Cullen, writer
“Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson” told the story of historian and bibliophile Charles Blockson’s lifelong journey to unearth and preserve the history, culture and contributions of people of African descent.

Sports – Program/Series: “Penn State Basketball: In the Paint”

Don Hampton, senior producer/director; John Wagner, producer; Matt Wilson, videographer/editor; Austin Lederman, associate producer; Jordan Huffman, editor/videographer
“Penn State Basketball: In the Paint” followed the Penn State men’s basketball team during the 2015-16 season and provided in-depth features, behind-the-scenes access and highlights.

Individual Achievement nominees (2):

Cole Cullen, editor – program
“Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson”
“Pennsylvania Legends and Lore: Ghosts of the Commonwealth”

Mark Stitzer, photographer – program
“Pennsylvania Legends and Lore: Ghosts of the Commonwealth”

PENN STATE STUDENT COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY PRODUCTION AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Broadcast nominees:

Newscast: “Centre County Report: March 25, 2016” (Sam DelRossa, producer; Alexandra Hogan, anchor; Brian Hoyson, anchor; Ryan Ruff, sports anchor; Victoria Laguardia, director; Kaitlyn Cannon, technical director; Liz Malara, reporter; Jess Arnold, executive producer; Andy Madore, executive producer; Tyler Feldman, executive producer)

General Assignment: “Human Trafficking: A Survivor’s Story” (Alexandra Hogan, reporter)

Sports: “Tommy Olczyk Means Business/Like Father Like Son” (Tyler Feldman, reporter/photographer; Scott Cikowski, photographer)

Talent: “Centre County Report” March 25April 1April 8 (Alexandra Hogan, anchor/reporter; Brian Hoyson, anchor/reporter; Ryan Ruff, anchor/reporter)

Film nominees:

Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs: “Protect and Serve” (Thomas Stewart, producer; Aaron Andrews, co-director; Lauren Bogholtz, co-director)

Long Form, Fiction: “Carrie Hope” (Ian T. Logan, writer/director; Abigail Wilson, producer; Nick Serricchio, director of photography; Jordan Thompson, sound/editing)

Long Form, Non-Fiction: “Catboat” (Caleb Yoder, director)

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