PBS SoCal Nominated For Five Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards

Station To Receive The Governors Award at the 70th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards

Los Angeles, June 12, 2018 – PBS SoCal KOCE, Southern California’s home for PBS, will receive the Governors Award at the 70th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards for the station’s five years of extraordinary work on “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen.” The initiative focuses on local programming, community outreach and partnership efforts to help strengthen education in Southern California.

The Governors Award is bestowed upon an individual, company, or organization for outstanding, innovative and visionary achievement in the arts, sciences or management of television, that has made an industry-wide contribution which is either of a cumulative nature or so extraordinary and universal in nature as to be beyond the scope of the awards presented in the categories and areas of achievement.

PBS SoCal has also been nominated for five Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards for its locally produced programs. The Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards winners will be announced at the 70th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards presentation on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Saban Media Center.

PBS SoCal’s nominations by category are:

Best Arts Programming

Take Me Home Huey

Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer

Steve Maloney, Executive Producer

Alicia Brauns, Producer

Christine Steele, Producer

Stephen Zapantis, Producer

Michelle Merker, Associate Producer

Produced in partnership with Light Horse Legacy, Inc.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors – TV Actors

Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer

Donna Pennestri, Executive Producer

John Ross, Executive Producer

Andrew Russell, Executive Producer

Andrew Wallenstein, Host

Georg Kallert, Producer

Rob Schroeder, Producer

Peter J. Nieves, Producer

Maris Berzins, Producer

Diana Nguyen, Producer

Debra Birnbaum, Producer

Michelle Merker, Associate Producer

Jasmine Abghari, Associate Producer

Produced in partnership with Variety Media, LLC

Best Entertainment Programming

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors – Film Actors

Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer

Donna Pennestri, Executive Producer

John Ross, Executive Producer

Andrew Russell, Executive Producer

Jenelle Riley, Host

Georg Kallert, Producer

Rob Schroeder, Producer

Peter J. Nieves, Producer

Maris Berzins, Producer

Diana Nguyen, Producer

Michelle Merker, Associate Producer

Jasmine Abghari, Associate Producer

Produced in partnership with Variety Media, LLC

Best Independent Programming

Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano                                                               

Gloria Cheng, Producer

The Gamble House

Lori Korngiebel, Producer

Don Hahn, Executive Producer

The Los Angeles Area Emmy® nominees were selected by national and Los Angeles area Peer Group active members within the Television Academy. Additional information about the Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards is available at www.emmys.com/la.

About PBS SoCal

PBS SoCal (KOCE) is the flagship PBS station for 18 million diverse people across Southern California.  As a member-supported non-profit organization, our mission is to deliver content and experiences that inspire, inform and entertain – over the air, online, in the community and in the classroom. PBS SoCal provides compelling locally produced content, and 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. Through PBS SoCal LIVE, we provide in-person arts, culture and civic engagement experiences.  And we support our youngest Southern Californians with essential early childhood education content and services.  Connect with us at pbssocal.org, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

PBS SoCal recently announced plans to merge with KCETLink Media Group, pending regulatory approvals.

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Media Contact:

Tracy Smith

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