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PBS SoCal and KCET Honored with 10 L.A. Area Emmy® Awards

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PBS SoCal and KCET 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.

For the fifth year running, PBS SoCal and KCET combined garnered the most awards of any other L.A. broadcast station with 10 wins honoring 10 separate programs. Winning categories included L.A. Local Color, Education/Information and Arts. Going into the ceremony, the two stations led all others in the region with 25 nominations spread across 12 different categories honoring 14 separate, locally produced productions.

See below for the award wins for PBS SoCal and KCET, listed below by category. Watch all the award-winners by clicking on each link below.

L.A. Local Color

Artbound – “The New West Coast Sound: An L.A. Jazz Legacy

This is the story of Los Angeles’ emerging generation of community-focused black musicians
The New West Coast Sound: An L.A. Jazz Legacy (Preview)

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  • 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

Independent Programming

"California Coast: Within Sight, Scent and Sound of the Ocean"

  • Thomas Rigler, Director, Executive Producer

Education/Information

Global Mosaic – “Young Women Rising

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  • Kim Spencer, Executive Producer
  • Patsy Northcutt, Producer

Crime/Social Issues

SoCal Connected – “Fire Station 9

Take a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the busiest fire station in the country.
Fire Station 9 Preview

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  • Gina Pollack, Producer
  • Robert McDonnell, Supervising Producer
  • Karen Foshay, Executive Producer
  • Michael Ray, Director of Photography
  • Andy Viner, Editor

Arts

Artbound – “Light and Space

The Light and Space movement of the 1960s explored minimalism with a Californian spin.
Light & Space (Preview)

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  • 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

Culture/History

"Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story"

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Paul R. Williams - Architect to the Stars

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  • 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"

A Southern California nurse discusses her work inside a COVID-19 ICU and warns the coronavirus is far from over. The footage seen in this episode was filmed by the nurse and with the permission of the patient’s family.
I WAS THERE: Inside A COVID-19 ICU

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  • Karen Foshay, Executive Producer, Producer
  • Michael Ray, Editor, Producer
  • Tori Edgar, Producer

Informational Series (More Than 50% Studio)

"Props in a Minute: Election 2020"

Prop 14 in a Minute: Stem Cell Research

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  • Karen Foshay, Producer, Writer
  • Robert McDonnell, Producer
  • Angela Boisvert, Producer
  • Henry Cram, Producer
  • Leyna Nguyen, Host

Music Composition

Tending Nature – Preserving the Desert With The Native American Land Conservancy

The Native American Land Conservancy protects sacred tribal lands in the Mojave Desert.
Preserving the Desert with NALC (Preview)

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  • Marcus Bagala, Composer
  • Mark Baechle, Composer

Information Segment

Earth Focus – “My Kids Can’t Breathe: How South Africa’s Coal Mines Pollute the Air

South Africa faces a stark reality as the continent’s largest greenhouse gas emitter.
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  • Juan Devis, Executive Producer
  • Nicky Milne, Executive Producer, Producer
  • Jon Christensen, Producer
  • Matthew Crotty, Executive Producer
  • Kim Spencer, Executive Producer
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