KCPT received nine nominations for the 2012 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Regional Chapter EMMY® Awards. The nominations are based on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements in television.
“KCPT focuses on community issues and shines a light on what our city has to offer through our programming and special presentations,” says KCPT CEO and President, Kliff Kuehl. “We’re so proud that we are achieving our mission to explore our region and that our production team is being recognized for their talents.”
The Emmy Gala will take place Sept. 22 at Kansas City’s own Midland Theatre. The event is to be hosted by Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes.
The KCPT nominations are as follows:
• Health/Science – News Story/Program Feature Segment: THE LOCAL SHOW, Suicide Special-Segment 1, Sandy Woodson
• Photographer – Program: THE LOCAL SHOW, Suicide Special-Segment 2, Dave Burkhardt
• Documentary – Cultural: RAISE THE ROOF: Building the Kauffman Center for the Performing Art, Randy Mason, Sandy Woodson
• Information/Instructional – Program/Special: GENERATION XL, Angee Simmons, Sean Holmes
• Interview/Discussion – Program:
o CHECK, PLEASE! KC, Pamela James, Ashley Holcroft, Doug Frost
o MEET THE PAST with Crosby Kemper III, Pamela James, Crosby Kemper, Harry Fortunato
• Public/Current/Community Affairs – Program/Special: IMAGINE KC, Angee Simmons, Randy Mason, Sean Holmes
• Special Event Coverage (other than News or Sports) Live or Edited: CELEBRATION AT THE STATION, Part 1 and Part 2, Angee Simmons, Mark Stamm, Randy Mason
• Community/Public Service (PSAs) – Single Spots or Campaigns: LITTLE GREEN STEPS, Angee Simmons, Jim Button
IMAGINE KC is generously funded by: American Society of Civil Engineers, Garney Family Foundation Fund, Hall Family Foundation, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee, Lafarge North America, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Kansas City, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), WNET–Blueprint America
THE LOCAL SHOW is generously funded by: Francis Family Foundation, Frederick and Louise Hartwig Family Fund, Kauffman Foundation, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Hall Family Foundation, Johnson County Community College, John and Effie Speas Memorial Trust – Bank of America, Trustee and Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts – Commerce Bank, Trustee
GENERATION XL is generously funded by BCBS of Kansas City
CHECK, PLEASE! KANSAS CITY is generously funded by: Bank of America and 360 Vodka
About NATAS Mid-America Chapter: The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award. For more information please visit www.emmymid-america.org.
The first, congratulations to Nick Haines and Sean Holmes for The Local Show: Mental Health Special that examined some of the most pressing concerns surrounding mental health care on both sides of the state line.
The second win goes to Pam James and Randy Mason for The History of WWI, a feature on The Local Show.
What a great year for PBS! I am pleased to report that PBS programs have received 43 nominations for this year’s Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. This is the largest number of Primetime Emmy nominations our system has ever received, and more than twice the combined total of A&E, Bravo, Discovery, and the History channels. Masterpiece programs led the way for PBS with a combined 25 nominations. The 63rd annual Emmys will air September 18 so be sure to watch.
The PBS programs with multiple nominations include DowntonAbbey, Upstairs Downstairs, and Any Human Heart (all Masterpiece Classic); Sherlock: A Study In Pink (Masterpiece Mystery!); Freedom Riders (American Experience); and LennoNYC (American Masters). Paula Kerger recently wrote to all PBS station CEOs noting that these award nominations are a welcome recognition of the steps PBS has taken to strengthen primetime content.
And there’s more good news. PBS received 32 nominations for the 32nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Programs with multiple nominations include POV, Frontline, Independent Lens, PBS NewsHour, Nature, and NOVA. This brings PBS’ total Emmy nominations to 121 in the Daytime, Primetime, and News & Documentary categories – our highest ever!
For you Masterpiece Classic fans, Downton Abbey returns with seven new episodes. Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them. Featuring an all-star cast, including Hugh Bonneville (Masterpiece Classic “Miss Austen Regrets”), Dame Maggie Smith (Harry Potter) and Elizabeth McGovern. Tune in to watch these new episodes beginning Sunday, January 8, 2012.
Other PBS programs to watch for – America in Primetime, a four part documentary that explores the history and significance of primetime scripted programs like I Love Lucy, Sex in the City, Man of the House, Beverly Hillbillies, and many more; America Revealed, a four part series with breathtaking aerial and satellite imagery to examine America’s infrastructure from above; TheFabric of the Cosmos (four hours inside of NOVA), which is an exploration of space and time based on Brian Greene’s best-selling book of the same name; and, Prohibition, another great documentary from Ken Burns, which examines the social, cultural, and political forces that converged in the first two decades of the 20th century.
These award nominations underscore that PBS offers fantastic national content with diverse subject matters that both entertain and educate. Congratulations to all those involved in these exceptional productions!