KCET Wins Most Los Angeles Area Emmys® For Third Year Running



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 Local Public Television Stations KCET and PBS SoCal Led This Year’s Tally of Emmy Wins with a Combined Seven Awards on Saturday Night — Six of Which Went to KCET


KCET and PBS SoCal winners at the 2019 LA Area Emmy Awards.

Photo courtesy of PMGSC.

Burbank, Calif. – July 29, 2019 ­­– The Public Media Group of Southern California, formed by the merger of PBS SoCal and KCETLink Media Group, announced today it received 7 wins for the 71st Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards presented on Saturday, July 27 by the Los Angeles Television Academy. The organization was honored in categories that included L.A. local color, culture/history and arts programming. Four of the categories – arts programming, crime/social issues programming, culture/history programming and music composition – were filled solely with nominees from Southern California’s flagship PBS channels PBS SoCal and KCET.

KCET took home six wins including two for its original environmental investigative series EARTH FOCUS (in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation) as well as two for original arts and culture series ARTBOUND.  Additional awards (with one win each) went to KCET’s food series THE MIGRANT KITCHEN (produced in partnership with acclaimed culinary publication Life & Thyme) and KCET’s historical series LOST LA (produced in conjunction with the USC Libraries) as well as PBS SoCal’s FINDING HOME: A FOSTER YOUTH STORY – a part of the PBS SoCal social impact initiative “To Foster Change.”

“We are honored that our original content – which shines a light on the diversity of our region – continues to be recognized each year,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of the Public Media Group of Southern California. “It’s a testament to the quality of these stories that illuminate new perspectives, which are at the core of our mission.”

“I am honored to work with such a talented team of individuals who continue to impress me with their incredible efforts,” said Juan Devis, Chief Creative Officer of the Public Media Group of Southern California.  “None of these shows could have been made without the hard work, perseverance and belief that what we are doing matters, from all of our creative production staff and our talented partners. We are lucky to have them bear the burden and beauty of telling our stories.”

The 2019 Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy® awards were presented on Saturday, July 27 at the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy in North Hollywood. The 71st Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award wins for KCET and PBS SoCal are listed below by category:


Matthew Crotty, Producer; Juan Devis, Executive Producer; Antonio Diaz, Producer; Stef Ferrari, Producer; Ben Hunter, Director, Editor; Jacqueline Reyno, Producer; Austin Straub, Camera


Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer; Joe Fenstermaker, Editor; Karen Hunte, Executive Producer; Ann Kaneko, Camera; Michelle Merker, Associate Producer; Margo Newman, Associate Producer; Laurie Parker, Producer; John Simmons, Camera; Pamela Tom, Director, Producer


Matthew Crotty, Producer; Collin Davis, Editor; Juan Devis, Executive Producer; Christopher Hawthorne, Director, Executive Producer; Travis LaBella, Producer, Camera; Zoë Montano, Associate Producer; Jacqueline Reyno, Producer


  • LOST LA Yosemite” (KCET)
    Matthew Crotty, Executive Producer; Juan Devis, Executive Producer; Bill Dotson, Co-Producer; Nathan Masters, Executive Producer, Host; Hugh McHarg, Co-Executive Producer; Kathryn Noonan, Associate Producer; Catherine Quinlan, Co-Executive Producer; Steven Reich, Co-Producer; Thomas Rigler, Director, Producer; Edgar Sardarian, Editor



  • EARTH FOCUS New Season Promo (KCET)
    Arevik Arabian Acopian, Editor, Producer


On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 54-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. Select original programming from KCET is also available for streaming on Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon and Roku platforms. For more information please visit kcet.org/apps. KCET is a content channel of the Public Media Group of Southern California.


PBS SoCal is a donor-supported community institution that is a part of Public Media Group of Southern California, the flagship PBS station for 19 million diverse people across California formed by the merger of PBS SoCal and KCETLink Media Group.  PBS SoCal delivers content and experiences that inspire, inform and entertain – over the air, online, in the community and in the classroom. We offer the full slate of beloved PBS programs including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Independent Lens, a broad library of documentary films including works from Ken Burns; and educational PBS KIDS programs including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George. Our programs are accessible for free through four broadcast channels, and available for streaming at pbssocal.org, on the PBS mobile apps, and via connected TV services Android TV, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.


The Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC) tells stories that matter through original programs that reflect the diversity of our region, and through the full schedule of trusted PBS programs. Our Southern California content channels PBS SoCal and KCET are available for free on internet-connected screens via the PBS Video App, and seven local broadcast channels. Link TV is available nationally on DirecTV and Dish Network. A donor-supported community institution, PMGSC sparks the sharing of ideas at in-person cultural events and community conversations and delivers social impact through a variety of services including those that prepare our most vulnerable children for school.