NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, April 1, 2012 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation hosted its 33rd College Television Awards this past weekend to award and honor the nation’s best student-produced work in video, digital and film production. TNT’s “Franklin & Bash” co-stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer hosted the gala, with awards presented by some of television’s hottest stars.
Brigham Young University swept the competition with four awards, followed by the University of Southern California, which received three awards. American Film Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology won two awards each. Students who received honors were from schools around the country, including University of California, Los Angeles; St. Cloud State University; American University; San Diego State University; Middle Tennessee State University; University of North Carolina and several others. For a complete list of the night’s winners, visit http://emmysfoundation.org/2012-CTA-Winners-List.
“The College Television Awards gives talented students the recognition they deserve, and even more importantly, launches many of these students into prolific television careers,” said Norma Provencio Pichardo, Executive Director of the Television Academy Foundation. “We are grateful for the support the television community gives the event, and for the talented celebrity presenters who came out Saturday night. We congratulate all of the night’s winners.”
First place winners were awarded $2,000, second place winners took home $1,000 and third place winners received $500. In addition to the cash award, winners were invited to a private mentoring brunch and panel discussion with industry professionals. A selection of winning pieces will also be featured on mtvU.com.
Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) presented the night’s Innovation in Television Award to HBO in recognition of the network’s commitment to cutting-edge programming that routinely sets the bar for young content producers. HBO’s president of programming, Michael Lombardo, accepted the award on behalf of HBO.
Student awards were presented by stars from some of the biggest hits on television, including Eliza Coupe (“Happy Endings”), Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Aldis Hodge (“Leverage”), Russell Hornsby (“Grimm”), Zachary Knighton (“Happy Endings”), Rex Lee (“Suburgatory,” “Entourage”), Lamorne Morris (“New Girl”), Sandra Oh (“Grey's Anatomy”), Scott Porter (“Hart of Dixie”), Cress Williams (“Hart of Dixie”), Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”) and many more.
The second Geena Davis Institute on Gender In Media’s Focus on Diversity and Gender Equality in Children’s Media award went to Rebecca Louisell and Ian A. Ward for their piece entitled “The Maiden and the Princess.” Presented by Academy Award winner Geena Davis on behalf of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the $5,000 prize was given to Louisell and Ward for the best showcasing of gender equality in children’s media targeted to a 2 – 11 year old audience.
The $4,000 Seymour Bricker Family Humanitarian Award was presented to Mark Williams for his work on “I Am Not My Body – Marius’ Story,” a touching documentary about an 8-year old Romanian boy with third and fourth degree burns on 75 percent of his body, who lives his life with a positive attitude despite the challenges he faces on his road to recovery.
The third Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship went to San Diego State University’s Iris Caffin for her film “Strong Souls, Gentle Spirits.” The $10,000 scholarship was presented by producer/philanthropist/Disability Rights Activist Loreen Arbus and Robert David Hall (“CSI:”), who holds the longest running role for an actor with a disability to portray a regular character in a Primetime show.
This year’s Directing Award went to A. Todd Smith of Brigham Young University for his work on “Mr. Bellpond,” which also received first place award in the Comedy category. The 2011 winner in this category, Julian Higgins from the American Film Institute, is already making strides in his entertainment career. He recently directed an episode of the acclaimed FOX series “House” which is scheduled to Monday April 2.
This year, more than 600 students from 154 schools across the nation entered the competition.
The College Television Awards honored work in 12 categories. The following is a list of the evening’s first place winners in each category:
Alternative Programming: “Sirk!,” Jenny Hou, Chapman University
Animation: “Monster and Dumpling,” Jihwan Jung, Academy of Art University
Children’s: “My Hero,” Erin Lee Anderson, Brandon Habermeyer, Brigham Young University
Comedy: “Mr. Bellpond,” Nicholas Dixon, Bree Evans, Brigham Young University
Commercial: “Voodoo Bear,” Kai C. Cheng, Art Center College of Design
Documentary: “World on a String,” Dawn Schwartz, School of Visual Arts
Drama: “¡Una Carrerita, Doctor! A Doctor's Job,” Julio Ramos, University of California, Los Angeles
Magazine: “Impact Episode 57,” Sharis Delgasillo, Christine Detz, Michael Green, Samuel Williams Osborn, Lisa Rau, University of Southern California
Music Composition: “ZomRomCom: The Musical!,” Leo Hurley, University of North Carolina
Music, Best Use: “Come Back to Me,” Justin Edwards, American Film Institute
News: “RIT SportsZone: Season 10 – Episode 1,” Shelby Hill, Rochester Institute of Technology
Series: “The Complex,” Jasmine Alston, Syracuse University
For more information, including a complete list of the night’s winners, visit http://emmysfoundation.org/2012-CTA-Winners-List.
For video clips from the show, visit http://emmysfoundation.org/cta2012show
About the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation
Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of the medium, and educating those who will impact its future. Some of the Foundation's programs include the Archive of American Television, its renowned student internship program, The Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship and the College Television Awards. For more information on the Foundation, please visit EmmysFoundation.org.
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