Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Michigan Television productions win six regional Emmys

Michigan Television (WFUM-TV), U-M’s public television service recently won six regional Emmy awards, including two that included collaborative efforts with the School of Art & Design PLAY Gallery and the Digital Media Commons.

The awards were given out June 6.

The  Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards the regional Emmys annually to recognize excellence in television production.
U-M won in the following categories:

• Historical/Cultural Program/Special — “Carolina Chocolate Drops,” Steve Kimbrell. The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ visit to the Flint area is the basis for this story about reconnecting audiences with a style of music, the African-American origins of which largely have been forgotten.

• Arts/Entertainment — “Huckleberry Holiday,” Chris McElroy and Donna Ryen. “Huckleberry Holiday” highlights the making of “The Huckleberry Radio Hour” holiday special at Genesee County’s Crossroads Village.

• Audio — “Huckleberry Holiday,” Kirk Lawrence

• Writer — “Michigan Minutes: Detroit’s Polar Bear Regiment,” Don Young. “Michigan Minutes” consists of short-form documentaries highlighting little-known events in Michigan history.

• Graphic Arts-Graphics — “PLAY Open Graphic: Shadow Puppet,” Peter Traylor of the School of Art & Design. PLAY is an innovative collaboration using television as gallery space for experimental short features from the School of Art & Design (A&D) community.

• Advanced Media-Arts/Entertainment — “Animation Station,” Katherine Weider and Zack Jacobsen-Weaver of A&D, and R. Thomas Bray and Dan Fessahazion of Digital Media Commons. “Animation Station” is a portable workstation that allows people to create short stop-motion animations and then add their movies to a public display.