KCET Wins Three 2019 National Arts & Entertainment Awards Presented by the Los Angeles Press Club

JP Shields


Burbank, Calif.Dec. 2, 2019 KCET, a producer of award-winning and diverse original content for public media, announced today that three of its KCET Original series were honored by the LA Press Club at the 2019 National Arts and Entertainment Awards. Arts and culture series ARTBOUND episode “Heath Ceramics: The Making of a California Classic won first-place recognition in the Documentary or Special Program Feature (over 30 minutes) category as well as in the Music/Art/Culture Personality Profile category for Jennifer Volland’s profile on iconic American designer Edith Heath. While LOST LA, produced in conjunction with the USC Libraries, was named as the winner of the Soft News Feature (under 5 minutes) category for the short video “The Origin of the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour” from the season three episode “Fantasyland.” The 12th annual National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards were presented on Sun., Dec. 1 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

In addition to its three wins, KCET received a second-place recognition in the Soft News Feature (over five minutes) category for “Jazz City” from investigative local news series SOCAL CONNECTED. While ARTBOUND scored two more second-place recognitions in the Arts and Entertainment Feature category for “Los Angeles’s Role in the Rise and Mainstreaming of Gospel Music” and the Personality Profile category for “Open Your Eyes: Lula Washington Dance Theatre.”

Third-place recognitions were also announced for the ARTBOUND documentary “Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience” in the Documentary or Special Program Feature (over 30 minutes) category as well as for SOCAL CONNECTED’s “L.A. Jazz Never Went Away, But Now It's on The World Stage” in the Hard News Feature (over five minutes) category.

To view the three winning stories from the organization’s ten nominations, please click on the links below:

Soft News Feature – Under 5 Minutes—Film/TV
KCET LOST LA Production Team
, “LOST LA – The Origin of the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour” 
Judges’ comments: The clear winner on the storytelling and mesmerizing use of 1915…archive video. Beautiful to see how the theme park developed. Love how you could have initially bumped into a movie star there. Great TV. 

Documentary or Special Program, Feature
KCET ARTBOUND Production Team, ARTBOUND - Heath Ceramics: The Making of a California Classic” 
Judges’ comment: The portrait of ceramic designer Edith Heath as a visionary, teacher, and early environmentalist who made practical, yet artistic, dinnerware to last for all people is a wonderful exploration of the impact one woman has made on the arts.

Personality Profile, Music/Art/Culture
Jennifer M. VollandKCET, “Edith Heath: A Rebellion in Clay” 
Judges’ comment: Volland masterfully brings together art, culture and history for this fascinating profile of a classic American brand and its exceptional founder, Edith Heath. 

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 54-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. Select original programming from KCET is also available for streaming on Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon and Roku platforms. For more information please visit kcet.org/apps. KCET is a content channel of the Public Media Group of Southern California.

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