On Thursday, July 14, the 2011 Emmy awards were announced, and more than a few New England connections were found, proving once again that Hollywood East has become a powerful force in the entertainment industry.
In the Outstanding Comedy Series category, “Glee” was once again nominated. The musical series was co-created by Newton native Brad Falchuk. The show will compete against the likes of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” which stars Concord’s Steve Carell and Burlington’s Amy Poehler, respectively. Each were nominated for their own individual awards for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy. Poehler will compete against Laura Linney from “The Big C”, and series that has been shooting in Connecticut. Carrell will compete against fellow Massachusetts native, Matt LeBlanc, for his role on “Episodes”. The former “Friends” star originally hails from Newton.
On the drama side, Kathy Bates was nominated for Outstanding Actress for her role in the new “Harry’s Law”, yet another lawyer-themed show from the Boston-educated David E. Kelley.
“Glee” star Jane Lynch was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy. The funnywoman got married in Massachusetts in 2010.
Connecticut resident Tom Bergeron was nominated for Outstanding Reality Host in his role “Dancing With the Stars” ringleader.
The controversial Reelz channel miniseries, “The Kennedys” racked up a number of nominations, including Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and Tom Wilkinson for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Brookline’s Conan O’Brien earned himself a little redemption, getting a nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for his TBS talk show, “Conan”. The late-night funnyman found himself hoisted from a short stint as host of the “Tonight Show” only to be replaced by its former host, Jay Leno in early 2010, only to reemerge on basic cable this past November. Leno and the “Tonight Show” did not receive any nominations this year.
For a complete list of the nominations, check out the official Emmy website. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 18th, at 8 p.m. on Fox.
The Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is currently seeking entries for their 34th annual Emmy awards. According to its website, “the Boston/New England Chapter is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television, the fostering of creative leadership in the television industry, and the encouragement of excellence in artistic, educational, cultural and technical progress.”
Eligible entries must have been produced for the Boston/New England area and were broadcast or cablecast in the year 2010.
For more information on how to submit online and what is eligible, please go to boston.emmyonline.org.
★ Dorchester born Mark Wahlberg gets career advice from his Catholic priest.
★ Friendly’s invites Conan O’Brien to come grab a special “Cone-an” when he comes to Boston on his comedy tour.
★ Rock metal legend Ronnie James Dio of Portsmouth, NH, passes away.
★ Come to McFadden’s every Wednesday night to watch MTV’s “Fresh Meat” with Vinny from the show and C.T. from “The Real World: Paris”.
★ British star, Rachel Weisz, to play American Jackie Kennedy in upcoming biopic.
★ “Saved by the Bell” star “Mr. Belding” comes to McFadden’s in Boston on April 29.
★ New Hampshire film honored with 2010 Emmy nomination from the Boston/New England chapter of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
★ New York Magazine lists 7 things Conan O’Brien will be able to do on cable that he couldn’t do on network television. While Conan confirms that he will in fact not be returning to the NYC.
★ Fashion designer to the stars Marc Jacobs attends his business partner’s swanky wedding on the Cape.
The encouragement of fresh talent is beyond important, but it can often be overlooked in today’s competitive and fast-paced society. By providing those talented individuals with an outlet to really express themselves, original voices and visions can emerge in the most exciting of ways. With this in mind, the reason for starting WGBH Lab in 2003 was simple – to create a platform for filmmakers to work with each other and to grow.
Since its conception, WGBH Lab has offered a virtual and physical space for innovation and experimentation in the world of user generated content. It is both a resource and community for media makers to create and collaborate on their video/audio production work. The opportunities are really for any passionate filmmaker, as it is considered just a stage for an individual’s creativity. Some filmmakers have walked away from a project done with WGBH Lab toting various awards, Emmys, and multiple regional and national broadcast opportunities.
WGBH Lab is made up of three distinct programs, each of which offers its own unique prospects. The first program, “Lab Open Call,” is their most popular, where they partner up with PBS shows to generate a compelling topic, and allow you to submit your take on a certain subject for a chance at a direct PBS broadcast opportunity. The second program, “Lab Sandbox,” provides you with the ability to watch and download free video clips selected from the WGBH Media Library that you can then cut, loop, and play around with to make your own unique creation. Lastly, there’s “Filmmakers in Residence,” which gives filmmakers and media producers with independent funding the chance to produce or post-produce a film during a six- to nine-month residency at WGBH.
Looking ahead, WGBH Lab is spending the bulk of 2010 focusing on their Open Call series, two in particular that they are very excited about. The first is “The Video Diary Open Call,” for which WGBH Lab has partnered with Masterpiece Classic to give an outlet to young media makers (13 and up) to submit video diaries centered on the harder parts of their lives, and what they’ve had to do to overcome adversity or discrimination. The idea is inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank, and portions of the diaries submitted may be selected for broadcast on Masterpiece Classic’s PBS airing of The Diary of Anne Frank on April 11th, 2010.
The second upcoming project is “The Antiques Roadshow Open Call,” where WGBH Lab and “Antiques Roadshow” are asking antiques enthusiasts to submit original home movies or short videos about items passed down in their families from now until the end of May. Three of the submissions will win a pair of VIP tickets to an “Antiques Roadshow” appraisal event this summer and may be chosen for national broadcast, featured on the web, or distributed to PBS stations nationwide as stand-alone video shorts.
WGBH Lab relies on their interactions to keep the site alive, so visit them here to watch videos, rate, comment, review, and participate.
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