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Alumni Get Emmy Nods for "Barry", "Atlanta"

Stefani Robinson

Stefani Robinson '14 was nominated for an Emmy Award for her writing on Netflix's Atlanta. File photo

Emerson alumni Stefani Robinson '14 and Henry Winkler ’67 were among this year’s primetime Emmy Award nominations, announced Thursday, July 12.

Robinson is nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series for her work on FX’s Atlanta, where she is both the youngest and the only woman in the writers' room, as well as a producer. Winkler is up for best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of drama teacher Gene Cousineau on HBO’s Barry

This is Robinson’s first Emmy nomination. Last year, she shared two Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards for Comedy Series and New Series for her work on Atlanta.

Winkler has seven Emmy nominations. In 2000, he was nominated for both Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Battery Park) and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (The Practice). He was one of four producers nominated for Outstanding Informational Program in 1979, and was up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series from 1976-1978 for his portrayal of the Fonz on Happy Days. In 1977 and 1978, Winkler won Golden Globe awards for the role.

Other alumni nominees include:

Jay Leno '73, executive producer, and David Swift '09, producer, Jay Leno's Garage (nbc.com), for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series. 

Brittany Martin Porter '10, senior producer, and Jared Wyso '11, producer, The Voice (NBC), for Outstanding Reality — Competition Program

Randy Barbato '82, executive producer, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked (VH1), for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

Kevin McManus '09 and Matthew McManus '09, writers, American Vandal (Netlfix), “Clean Up,” for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. 

Opus Moreschi '00, head writer, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS), for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Eric Drysdale '93, writer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS), for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It's Complicated)

Drysdale and Sean Crespo '98 were also nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It's Complicated)

David Klotz '94, music editor, Game of Thrones (HBO), “The Spoils of War,” and Stranger Things (Netflix), “Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer,” for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour); and American Horror Story: Cult (FX), “Great Again,” for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special. 

Thomas Joseph Mahoney '91, visual effects supervisor, Gotham (FX), “That's Entertainment,” for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role

Megan Sleeper '02, casting producer, Born This Way (A&E), for Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program.

Emerson College will honor its alumni nominees at an Emerson Emmys Celebration panel and networking event being held Wednesday, September 5, at the WME Screening Room in Beverly Hills. Netflix executive Naketha Mattocks '94 will moderate the panel; alumni panelists will be announced later this month. 

The Emmy Awards will air September 17 on NBC, and will be hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live.

Note: This story may be updated with additional nominees.