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Emerson Alumni Up for Multiple Emmys

Opus Moreschi '00 was nominated for two Emmy Awards on July 13. 

Several Emerson alumni are among those up for Emmy Awards in a variety of categories, including Outstanding Reality Series or Program, Production Design, and Writing for a Variety Series.

Executive Producer Randy Barbato ’82 is nominated in both the Unstructured Reality Program and Reality-Competition Program categories for his work on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The former nomination is for RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked, a behind-the-scenes look at the VH1 series carried on YouTube.

Also nominated in the Reality-Competition Program category is Jay Bienstock ’87, executive producer, and Brittany Martin Porter ’10, senior producer, of NBC’s The Voice. Porter was additionally nominated for Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program for The Voice on Snapchat Show.

Jay Leno ’73, executive producer, and David Swift ’09, producer, are nominated for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series for Jay Leno’s Garage on

Opus Moreschi ’00, head writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS), and Eric Drysdale ’93, writer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS), were each nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. Moreschi and Drysdale were also each nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?” and “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” respectively.

Joe Celli ’91, art director for Hairspray Live! on NBC, was nominated for Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Event, or Award Special.

Music editor David Klotz ’94 was nominated for Sound Editing for a Series for his work on Stranger Things, “Chapter Eight: The Upside Down” (Netflix) and for Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special for his work on American Horror Story, “Roanoke, Chapter 1” (FX Networks).

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations Thursday, July 13. The Emmy Awards will be held Sunday, September 17, in North Hollywood, California, and will be broadcast live on CBS.




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