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KCET and PBS SoCal Nominated for 26 L.A. Emmys, Leading All Other L.A. Broadcasters

KCET and PBS SoCal received 26 nominations for the 72nd Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards presented by the Los Angeles Television Academy, leading all other L.A. broadcasters with the most nominations. Two of the categories – Arts Programming, Crime/Social Issues Programming – are filled solely with nominees from KCET and PBS SoCal, ensuring at least two Emmy® wins in addition to KCET’s one win already for the documentary “Hand Drawn Life” in the category of Independent Programming.

KCET received 20 nominations including five for its acclaimed local news program "SoCal Connected" and four for the new food justice series "Broken Bread" (a co-production with Tastemade hosted by Roy Choi). KCET’s original arts and culture series "Artbound" received three nominations along with historical series "Lost LA" (a co-production with USC Libraries), hosted by Nathan Masters. Single nominations went to "Earth Focus" (a co-production with Thomson Reuters Foundation and Artifact Nonfiction), "LA Foodways" (a co-production with Wishing Well Entertainment), "Blue Sky Metropolis," "Nightshift" (a co-production with Artifact Nonfiction) and "Hand Drawn Life" (winner).

PBS SoCal garnered six nominations in total for local productions "Cyberwork and the American Dream" (a co-production with Shell Studios), "Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart," "Voices from the Frontline: China's War on Poverty" (a co-production with The Kuhn Foundation in association with CGTN), "American Voices," "Dodger Stories: 6 Decades in LA" and "The 60th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration" (a co-production with The Music Center in association with CDK Productions) which was broadcast live on December 24 from LA’s iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

121 nominations were announced in 33 categories for the 2020 Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy® awards that will be presented on Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m. on Emmys.com.

The 72nd Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award nominations for KCET and PBS SoCal are listed alphabetically by program within each category below.

Watch all the nominees by clicking on each link below.

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L.A. Local Color

A photo of someone dressed vibrantly and wearing intricate face painting for Día de Los Muertos.
Still from "Artbound: Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead."

 

Education / Information

Students sit at a desk | Still from SoCal Connected's "Under Pressure"
Still from SoCal Connected's "Under Pressure."

 

Crime / Social Issues

Two people hugging at memorial with photo of deceased next to them | Still from SoCal Connected, "Who Killed Josiah?", Courtesy Mark McKenna
Still from SoCal Connected, "Who Killed Josiah?", Courtesy Mark McKenna.

 

Arts

Ruth Asawa with wire sculpture | Still from "Artbound" Masters of Modern Art
Still from "Artbound: Masters of Modern Design – The Art of the Japanese American Experience."

 

Culture / History

Young men walking with a view of Griffith Observatory | Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California Library
From "Griffith Park: The Untold History." | Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California Library

 

Entertainment

Two Saxophone Players from UCLA
Still from "SoCal Connected: Jazz City."

 

Sports Special

Dodgers baseball players pose for a picture. | From "Dodgers Stories: 6 Decades in LA"
Still From "Dodgers Stories: 6 Decades in LA."

 

Live Special Events - Programming

Choir members wear Santa hats as they sing a song. | From "The 60th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration"
Still from "The 60th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration."

 

Feature Segment

Volunteers at L.A. Kitchen | Still from "Broken Bread"
Still from "Broken Bread: The Kitchen that Paved the Way for Job Training and Food Waste Reduction."

 

Information Segment

Mount Wilson Observatory | Image from "Lost LA" S4 E5: Discovering the Universe
Still from "Lost LA: Discovering the Universe"

 

Short Promo – News / Topical

Broken Bread - Primary
Roy Choi from "Broken Bread."

 

Independent Programming

A comic illustration of a boy and a litter of puppies is overlaid with another comic strip. | From "Hand Drawn Life"
Still from "Hand Drawn Life."

 

Top banner image: LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 29: Display of Daytime Emmy Trophies at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on April 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

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