Southeastern Channel nominated for seven Emmy awards
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational access channel on Charter Cable Channel 18, has been nominated for seven regional Emmy Awards for original productions.
“The Florida Parish Chronicles,” an award-winning series about the history of the Florida Parishes, received an Emmy nomination while four program promotional spots were nominated for Emmys. Southeastern Channel staff members Josh Kapusinski and Steve Kleyle were nominated for their editing work.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences made the nominations from all television stations and production companies in the Suncoast Region, which includes Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. The winners will be announced Dec. 2 in Miami.
The Southeastern Channel had more Emmy nominations than any other television channel in the state, which included LPB and three commercial stations, said General Manager Rick Settoon. The Southeastern Channel was the only university channel nominated throughout the entire Suncoast Region.
“The nominations represent a significant accomplishment for the university and characterize the outstanding quality we set out to achieve when we started the Southeastern Channel several years ago,” said President Randy Moffett. “Our intent has always been to provide the best possible programming for the citizens of our area.”
“To have the production quality of our channel so highly-esteemed in only its fourth year of existence is nothing short of phenomenal,” said Settoon. “An Emmy means the best-of-the-best in television, and to receive this many nominations is a tribute to our staff’s talent, creativity, work ethic and absolute commitment to excellence.”
“Storms: Louisiana and Nature’s Wrath”, a recent episode of the “Florida Parish Chronicles” co-produced by Settoon and Kapusinski, was nominated in the “Writing” category. The program was written by Samuel C. Hyde Jr., Ford Chair for Regional Studies and director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
In addition, the “Storms” episode was nominated for a program promotional spot while the “Florida Parish Chronicles” series promotional spot, which features cutting-edge animation and digital effects, was also nominated.
Both promotional spots were created and edited by Kapusinski, who was also nominated for promos for Southeastern telecourses and “Lion Tracks,” a Southeastern sports coaches’ show.
Kapusinski was nominated for “Editing-Short Form” for a composite of promos and station ID’s while Kleyle was nominated in the same category for his editing work on “Where You Want to Be,” the university’s image spot featuring blue screen compositing techniques.
Last year, the Southeastern Channel won its first regional Emmy for its student program “For the Love of the Game,” a documentary short about former Southeastern baseball coach and major leaguer John Stephenson. The Emmy was the first won by a university television station in Louisiana history.
The Southeastern Channel, which has won over 40 national and international awards in the last three years, can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. It can also be viewed online at www.selu.edu/tv.