Local Public Media Television Stations KCET and PBS SoCal Lead All Other L.A. Broadcasters With a Combined Ten Los Angeles Area Emmy® Wins
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Burbank, Calif. – July 26, 2021 – PBS SoCal and KCET, Southern California’s flagship PBS stations, announced today they received a combined total of 10 wins from the 2021 Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards presented on Saturday, July 24 by the Television Academy and its Los Angeles Area Peer Group. The total tally led all other local stations (or duopolies) for the greatest number of wins. KCET and PBS SoCal were honored in categories that included L.A. Local Color, Education/Information and Arts. Going into the ceremony, the two Southern California-based PBS stations led all others in the region with 25 nominations spread across 12 different categories honoring 14 separate, locally produced productions. The 73rd Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards were presented by the Los Angeles Television Academy and streamed on Emmys.com.
For the fifth year running, KCET and PBS SoCal combined garnered the most awards of any other LA broadcast station with ten wins honoring ten separate programs. Honors went to the locally produced KCET Original arts and culture series ARTBOUND, news documentary series SOCAL CONNECTED, environmental series EARTH FOCUS (in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies at UCLA), indigenous peoples series TENDING NATURE (produced in partnership with the Autry Museum of the American West) as well as two informational series PROPS IN A MINUTE and I WAS THERE. PBS SoCal’s documentary HOLLYWOOD’S ARCHITECT was honored as well as KCET documentaries CALIFORNIA COAST: WITHIN SIGHT, SCENT AND SOUND OF THE OCEAN and GLOBAL MOSAIC “Young Women Rising.”
“We are honored that PBS SoCal and KCET have been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for our work. Our programs reflect our deep commitment to producing high quality content and to serving our community, especially in these challenging times,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of PBS SoCal and KCET. “I am proud of all the compelling programs we created this past year, and these awards are a testament to the power of public media to tell compelling stories and provide important insights with audiences in SoCal and beyond. I congratulate all of our winners.”
“It has never been more important to tell stories about the people and the issues in our region,” said Juan Devis, Chief Creative Officer of PBS SoCal and KCET. “Thanks to the efforts of our entire staff, a hugely talented production team and some incredible partnerships, we remain dedicated to the power of community as we continue to forge an important legacy exploring issues faced by our communities and elevating critical matters that too often fall outside mainstream media.”
The 2021 Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award wins for KCET and PBS SoCal are listed below by category:
L.A. Local Color
ARTBOUND “The New West Coast Sound: An L.A. Jazz Legacy”Sandrine Orabona, Director, Producer; Juan Devis, Executive Producer; Alejandro Cohen, Producer;Mark “Frosty” McNeill, Producer; Jacqueline Reyno, Producer; Anke Thommen, Producer; Angela Boisvert, Co-Producer; Matthew Crotty, Co-Producer; Mark Petersen, Director of Photography; Jonathan Ade, Editor; Amanda Marie Pinedo, Associate Producer
CALIFORNIA COAST: WITHIN SIGHT, SCENT AND SOUND OF THE OCEAN Thomas Rigler, Director, Executive Producer; Deborah Zeitman, Editor
GLOBAL MOSAIC “Young Women Rising” Kim Spencer, Executive Producer; Patsy Northcutt, Producer; Liz Canning, Director, Producer, Writer, Editor
SOCAL CONNECTED “Fire Station 9”
Gina Pollack, Producer; Robert McDonnell, Supervising Producer; Karen Foshay, Executive Producer; Michael Ray, Director of Photography; Andy Viner, Editor
ARTBOUND “Light and Space” Juan Devis, Executive Producer; Sue Ding, Director, Producer; Travis LaBella, Director of Photography, Producer; Jacqueline Reyno, Producer; Angela Boisvert, Co-Producer; Matthew Crotty, Co-Producer;Amanda Marie Pinedo, Associate Producer; Collin Davis, Editor
HOLLYWOOD’S ARCHITECT: THE PAUL R. WILLIAMS STORY Michelle Merker, Executive Producer; Courtney B. Vance, On-Camera Talent; Royal Kennedy Rodgers, Director, Producer, Writer; Kathy McCampbell Vance, Director, Producer; George Artope, Editor; John Simmons, Camera; Niki Alilovic, Associate Producer; Shirlyn A. Cesar, Associate Producer
Informational Series (more than 50% remote)
I WAS THERE Karen Foshay, Executive Producer, Producer; Michael Ray, Editor, Producer; Tori Edgar, Producer
Informational Series (more than 50% studio)
PROPS IN A MINUTE: Election 2020 Karen Foshay, Producer, Writer; Robert McDonnell, Producer; Angela Boisvert, Producer; Henry Cram, Producer; Leyna Nguyen, Host
TENDING NATURE “Preserving the Desert With The Native American Land Conservancy” Marcus Bagala, Composer; Mark Baechle, Composer
EARTH FOCUS “My Kids Can’t Breathe: How South Africa’s Coal Mines Pollute the Air” Juan Devis, Executive Producer; Nicky Milne, Executive Producer, Producer; Jon Christensen, Producer;Matthew Crotty, Executive Producer; Kim Spencer, Executive Producer
ABOUT PBS SOCAL AND KCET
PBS SoCal and KCET are both part of the donor-supported community institution, the Public Media Group of Southern California. PBS SoCal is the flagship PBS station for diverse people across California and delivers content and experiences that inspire, inform and educate. PBS SoCal offers the full slate of beloved PBS programs including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE, and a broad library of documentary films with works from Ken Burns; as well as educational content including PBS KIDS programs like DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD and CURIOUS GEORGE. KCET showcases the best of PBS and is a leading source for arts, culture, and news in Southern California. Through innovative storytelling, KCET explores and expresses our dynamic local communities helping residents understand and connect with the region's diverse communities and ideas. For additional information about both KCET and PBS SoCal productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org and pbssocal.org KCET Originals and PBS programming are available to stream on the FREE PBS App on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Chromecast. KCET is also available to watch live on YouTube TV.