PBS SoCal Nominated For Five Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards

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Station To Receive The Governors Award Emmy at the 70th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards

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PBS SoCal KOCE Southern California’s home for PBS will receive the Governors Award Emmy at the 70th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards the for the station’s five years of extraordinary work on the “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen.” The initiative focuses on local programming, community outreach and partnership efforts to help strengthen education in Southern California.

The Los Angeles Area Governors Award is bestowed upon an individual, company, or an organization for outstanding, innovative and visionary achievement in the arts, sciences or management of television that has made an industry-wide contribution which is either of a cumulative nature or so extraordinary and universal in nature as to be beyond the scope of the awards presented in the categories and areas of achievement.

The station has also been nominated for five Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards for their locally produced programs. The Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards winners will be announced at the 70th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards presentation on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Saban Media Center.

PBS SoCal’s nominations in each category include:

Best Arts Programming

"Take Me Home Huey"                                                                                                    
Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer
Steve Maloney, Executive Producer
Alicia Brauns, Producer
Christine Steele, Producer
Stephen Zapantis, Producer
Michelle Merker, Associate Producer
Produced in partnership with Light Horse Legacy, Inc.

"Variety Studio: Actors on Actors" – TV Actors
Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer
Donna Pennestri, Executive Producer
John Ross, Executive Producer
Andrew Russell, Executive Producer
Andrew Wallenstein, Host
Georg Kallert, Producer
Rob Schroeder, Producer
Peter J. Nieves, Producer
Maris Berzins, Producer
Diana Nguyen, Producer
Debra Birnbaum, Producer
Michelle Merker, Associate Producer
Jasmine Abghari, Associate Producer
Produced in partnership with Variety Media, LLC

Best Entertainment Programming

"Variety Studio: Actors on Actors" – Film Actors
Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer
Donna Pennestri, Executive Producer
John Ross, Executive Producer
Andrew Russell, Executive Producer
Jenelle Riley, Host
Georg Kallert, Producer
Rob Schroeder, Producer
Peter J. Nieves, Producer
Maris Berzins, Producer
Diana Nguyen, Producer
Michelle Merker, Associate Producer
Jasmine Abghari, Associate Producer
Produced in partnership with Variety Media, LLC

Best Independent Programming

"Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano"                                                                
Gloria Cheng, Producer

"The Gamble House"
Lori Korngiebel, Producer
Don Hahn, Executive Producer

The Los Angeles Area nominees were selected by national and Los Angeles area Peer Group active members within the Television Academy. Additional information about the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards is available at http://www.emmys.com/la.

About PBS SoCal

PBS SoCal (KOCE) is the flagship PBS station for 18 million diverse people across Southern California. As a member-supported non-profit organization, our mission is to deliver content and experiences that inspire, inform and entertain – over the air, online, in the community and in the classroom. PBS SoCal provides compelling locally produced content, and beloved PBS programs including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Independent Lens, a broad library of documentary films including works from Ken Burns, and educational PBS KIDS programs including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George. Our programs are accessible for free through four broadcast channels, and available for streaming at pbssocal.org, on the PBS mobile apps, and via connected TV services Android TV, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Through PBS SoCal LIVE, we provide in-person arts, culture and civic engagement experiences. And we support our youngest Southern Californians with essential early childhood education content and services. Connect with us at pbssocal.org, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

PBS SoCal recently announced plans to merge with KCETLink Media Group, pending regulatory approvals.

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