Penn State Public Media receives five Mid-Atlantic Emmy nods

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Public Media, WPSU has received five Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. These regional awards recognize local productions for excellence in television programming.

Nominees were announced last night (Aug. 1) at nomination events in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

Penn State Public Media, WPSU is competing in the following categories:

Entertainment – Program/Special: "Music Theatre Spotlight 2012." Jeffrey A. Hughes, producer/director; Whitney Chirdon, associate producer; Michael Klein, audio mixer.

Documentary: "Why We Dance: The Story Of THON." Jeffrey A. Hughes, executive producer; Cole Cullen, producer/director; Lindsey Whissel, associate producer.

Sports – Program Series: "Penn State Basketball: In The Paint." Bill Amin, executive producer; Don Hampton, producer; Folashade Olasimbo, associate producer/editor; Judson Mantz, editor; Jordan Huffman, editor; Jorge Jovel, graphic design; Jennifer Bortz, audio mix.

Sports – Program Series: "Courtside With Coquese: One Step Closer." Bill Amin, executive producer; Topher Yorks, producer; Cody Yoder, editor; Matt Stephens, videographer; Michael Klein, audio mix; Christopher Younken, field audio.

Editor – Program: Cole Cullen

Taped before a live studio audience, “Music Theatre Spotlight” showcases a graduating senior class of Penn State’s Musical Theatre bachelor of fine arts degree program in an intimate “cabaret-like” performance. The project aims for high production values within a modest budget and to highlight a musical genre not often seen on broadcast television.

“Why We Dance: The Story of THON” is a documentary project that chronicles Penn State’s student-run philanthropy THON and the children, families and students who are changed by their experience.

"Penn State Basketball: In The Paint" is a fast-paced 30-minute program that follows the Nittany Lions on and off the court with in-depth features, behind the scenes access and highlights from Penn State's battles on the hardwood.

"Courtside with Coquese" takes viewers on an all-access tour of the Lady Lion Basketball program including road trips, locker room access, feature stories, game highlights and player interviews.

A Penn State alum, and father of three, Cole Cullen has been with Penn State Public Media since 2005. In 2009, he won a Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Award for producing “Making the Blue Band,” and in 2010, he won another Emmy in the Outstanding Editor category for his work on “Dirt Track Memories” and “Heart of the Lion.” Cullen has previously worked on programs that aired on NBC, FOX, TLC, CourtTV and HGTV.

The 31st annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia. The Mid-Atlantic chapter represents Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and parts of West Virginia and Ohio.

Penn State Public Media, WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Penn State Public Media, WPSU is part of Penn State Outreach, which serves more than 5 million people each year, in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated August 02, 2013