Aaaah, September 21st 2016: an anticipated date to be sure full of fun, merriment and celebrated accomplishment! But what, oh what, pray tell and I prithee might be occurring on such a mark in our calendar’s timeline? Let’s see, there’s The Gathering: A Solemn Assembly Simulcast to “unite the body of Christ” in America regardless of age, race or planet of origin(?), The International Day of Peace quite aptly timed in light of the aforementioned, AND lest we forget, the International Banana Festival!!! But none, none could rival what will be transpiring at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner complex at Columbus Circle New York City, but the 37th Annual News and Documentary Emmy ® Awards! Yes, just last week the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees and since then, nobody’s really been thinking about the Banana Festival or any of those other things set to take place on the self same date, if they ever were to begin with… And why not?
This Emmy ® ceremony is eons more bountiful! Boasting more than 1,000 attendees in the form of television and news media industry execs, news and documentary producers and journalists, awards will be presented in 46 categories and give many who may not have been glued to the TV all year round more food for thought than might be found on “Iron Chef,”” Top Chef,” “French Chef” or “Cupcake Wars” combined!
Among the Over-the-Air, Cable, Satellite and Internet Broadcast Nominees, honored for work aired and distributed during the 2015 calendar year, the list includes:
PBS 54—CCTV America 1, CBS 37–Direct TV Audience, HBO 19—Discovery Channel 1, NBC 14—ESPN 1, CNN 13—Fusion 1, ABC 11—Guardian US 1, Al Jazeera America 10, Investigation Discovery 1, The New York Times 9, The Intercept 1, and Univision 7.
“From the beginning of my career in television, the News & Documentary Emmy Awards have held a special place for me,” according to Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “These awards are a tribute to the outstanding work being done by men and women at the highest level of the broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking professions. They honor the organizations and people who often put their lives on the line to bring us the most critically important stories of our times. The network, cable and online news organizations deliver immediate and immersive coverage of important national and international stories, as well as thoughtful analysis of contemporary events. The many documentaries nominated this year offer the viewer a wide range of in-depth explorations of critical topics that affect us all. It is with great pleasure that The National Academy honors the achievements of these many organizations and individuals as they continue to strive for excellence in the television industry.”
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