PBS SoCal Nominated for Five Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards

Los Angeles, June 6, 2017 – PBS SoCal KOCE Southern California’s home for PBS, has been nominated by the Television Academy for five Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards.

PBS SoCal’s nominations in each category include:

Best Arts Programming


Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer

John Turner, Producer

Eric Christensen, Producer

Michelle Merker, Associate Producer

Produced in partnership with Korla, LLC

Best Entertainment Programming

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors – TV Actors

Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer

Donna Pennestri, Executive Producer

John Ross, Executive Producer

Andrew Russell, Executive Producer

Michelle Merker, Associate Producer

Andrew Wallenstein, Host

Georg Kallert, Producer

Rob Schroeder, Producer

Peter J. Nieves, Producer

Maris Berzins, Producer

Diana Nguyen, Producer

Jasmine Abghari, Associate Producer

Debra Birnbaum, Producer

Produced in partnership with Variety Media, LLC

Best History/Culture Programming

Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous

Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer

Kevin Hanlon, Producer

Dan Carracino, Producer

Dahlia Kozlowsky, Co-Producer

Michelle Merker, Associate Producer

Produced in partnership with Page 124 Productions

Best Independent Programming

The Drive-By Economist                                                                      

Doug Kriegel, Executive Producer

Scott Goldrich, Producer

To Climb a Gold Mountain                                                              

Alex Azmi, Executive Producer

 The winners will be announced at the 69th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards presentation on Saturday, July 22, 2017 — at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. The Los Angeles Area nominees were selected by national and Los Angeles area Peer Group active members within the Television Academy.

Additional information about the Emmy Awards is available at www.emmys.com/la.

About PBS SoCal

PBS SoCal is the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California. We deliver the full schedule of PBS programs plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. Our content is available free through four broadcast channels, at pbssocal.org, on our mobile apps, and via connected TV services. And we provide the community with early education resources and cultural and educational experiences through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach. PBS SoCal has offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles. Connect with us at pbssocal.org Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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