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Alumni Win Emmys for Production, Writing, Art, Sound


A number of Emersonians were among the television executives, writers, and other creatives who came home winners from the Primetime Emmy Awards, held at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Sunday, September 17.

Jay Bienstock ’87, executive producer, and Brittany Martin Porter ’10, senior producer, of NBC’s The Voice, won in the Outstanding Reality Competition Program category. This was Porter’s third Emmy for her work on The Voice, and Bienstock’s second. Bienstock also won in 2001 for his work on Survivor.

Eric Drysdale ’93 took home an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for his work on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” (TBS). Drysdale now has 10 Emmy Awards for his writing; he won four for The Colbert Report and five for The Daily Show.

Hairspray Live! (NBC) art director Joe Celli ’91 won for Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Event, or Award Special. Last year, Celli won the same award for his work on Grease Live!, and has three Emmys for Academy Awards shows he’s worked on.

And music editor David Klotz ’94 took Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for his work on Netflix’s Stranger Things, specifically, “Chapter Eight: The Upside Down.” Klotz has won the same award three times in prior years for sound editing on two episodes of Game of Thrones and one episode of American Horror Story.

Alumnus Norman Lear also presented the award for Outstanding Comedy Series with fellow TV comedy legend Carol Burnett.

The previous weekend, at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards show, alumni Megan Sleeper '02 won Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, a first for both her and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, for the A&E docuseries Born This Way, and Eric Levin-Hatz '07 won Outstanding Special Visual Effects for his work on HBO's Westworld. 

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