Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Seattle Channel wins four regional Emmy awards
6/9/2014 3:08:00 PM
John Giamberso, (206) 684-8588 email@example.com
Seattle Channel Communications (206) 684-8821
Seattle Channel wins four regional Emmy awards
City-operated station honored in arts, community affairs, interactivity and hosting categories
SEATTLE – Seattle Channel received four Northwest Regional Emmy awards for arts, interactive and community affairs programming and moderating by the station's public affairs host.
The city-operated station was recognized Saturday, June 7 at the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences' (NATAS) Emmy awards ceremony.
In the 51st annual Northwest Emmy's, the channel competed against commercial and public television stations in the Northwest NATAS five-state region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. This year, the station received 10 Emmy-award nominations in program categories including arts/entertainment, interactive, environmental and public affairs features as well as photography and program host.
The multi-media, town hall Seattle Speaks program won in the interactive category for a live public forum about raising the minimum wage. The program was produced and hosted by Brian Callanan with co-production by Megan Erb and Susan Han, photography and editing by Matt Peterson, direction by Vince Pierce and online reporting by Angela King. Watch the winning episode: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3381302
A Heart in Hillman City, a profile of a woman who put everything on the line to open a small coffee shop in her South Seattle neighborhood, won in the community affairs category. Produced, photographed and edited by Ralph Bevins, the feature is part of Seattle Channel's Community Stories series – which features short documentaries about Seattle's inspiring people, programs and cultural traditions. Watch the winning feature: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3171302
Bevins also received an Emmy for an inspirational story he produced about dancer Jade Solomon Curtis – one of Spectrum Dance Theater's standout company members – which aired as part of Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, a weekly show which covers Seattle's creative scene. Watch the winning segment: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=4011361
Seattle Channel's public affairs host Brian Callanan won in the program host/moderator category. A Pacific Northwest industry veteran, Callanan hosts and produces several Seattle Channel public affairs programs including City Inside/Out, City Inside Out: Council Edition, Ask the Mayor and Seattle Speaks.
"Based on survey data gathered in the last year, we have great opportunities to expand the outstanding inclusive programming at the Seattle Channel," said Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. "People of color represent about two-thirds of the weekly Seattle Channel audience and the top programming requests are for community events, public safety, and information on available city services."
At the Emmy awards ceremony Tom Speer, Seattle Channel photographer, editor and producer, was recognized for his induction to the NATAS Silver Circle, which honors media professionals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago and who have made significant contributions to the television industry.
"I want to congratulate the Seattle Channel staff on their dedication to the station's continued excellence. Everyone on our talented team shares in these awards," said John Giamberso, Seattle Channel general manager. "It's an honor to receive this recognition from our peers in the field of broadcast media."
Seattle Channel is a local TV station that reflects, informs and inspires the community it serves. Seattle Channel presents programs on cable television – channel 21 on Comcast (321 HD) and Wave (721 HD) – and via the Internet to help residents connect with their city. Programming includes series and special features highlighting the diverse civic and cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest's premier city.
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