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These Emersonians Were Nominated for Emmys

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More than two dozen Emersonians were nominated for 2021 Emmy Awards, or were on production teams of nominated series, in categories such as writing, production design, costume design picture editing, and more.

The 73rd Emmy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, July 13. The awards ceremony, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, will air Sunday, September 19, from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Individual nominations:

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Opus Moreschi ’00 (Photo credit Mindy Tucker)

Opus Moreschi ’00, writer on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, for Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again on Showtime.

Joe Celli ’91, art director on ABC’s broadcast of The Oscars, was nominated for Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special.

Jessica Petruccelli ’07, set decorator on HBO’s The Flight Attendant, was nominated for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour +)

Claire Parkinson ’09, costumer designer on Netflix’s The Politician was nominated for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes.

Eric Beetner ’92, editor on CBS’ The Amazing Race, was nominated for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program. Also nominated in that category was Nathan Ochiltree ’07, editor on Netflix’s Queer Eye, and Sommer Basinger, MA ’06 and Alyssa Dressman Lehner ’99, editors on NBC’s The Voice.

Producers or directors of nominated series or specials*:

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Randy Barbato (Photo by Mathu Andersen)

Randy Barbato ’82 is executive producer of World of Wonder’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, which was nominated for Outstanding Competition Program, and of RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked, nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

Alum and Trustee Kevin Bright ’76 is executive producer on HBO Max’s Friends: The Reunion, nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).

Holly Bario ’89 is co-executive producer of HBO’s Oslo, nominated for Outstanding Television Movie.

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Kevin Bright ’76 celebrates the 25th anniversary of Friends on a replica couch of the TV show’s coffee shop. (Photo by Derek Palmer for Emerson College)

Morgan Fallon ’99 is executive producer of CNN’s United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, nominated for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special.

John Frink ’85 is a producer of FOX’s The Simpsons, nominated for Outstanding Animated Program for “The Dad-Feelings Limited.”

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Producer Rob Paine ’92 (Courtesy photo)

Rob Paine ’92 is a co-executive producer of HBO Max’s A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), and supervising producer of ABC’s broadcast of The Oscars, nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Live).

Emerson parent Glenn Weiss is executive producer and director of The Oscars.

And Robin Roberts, LHD ’15, executive producer of Lifetime’s Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, also nominated for Outstanding Television Movie.

Parent Terry Wood is an executive producer on CBS’ Oprah with Meghan and Harry, nominated for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special.

Opus Moreschi ’00 is a supervising producer and co-executive producer of CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

Jessica O’Byrne ’08 and Jackie Robbins ’05 are supervising producers of Bravo’s Below Deck, nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

Brittany Martin Porter ’10 is a supervising producer, and Jared Wyso ’11 is a producer of NBC’s The Voice, nominated for Outstanding Competition Program.

Ballard Boyd ’03 is a producer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020, nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Live),

Ryan Mazie ’14 is a co-producer and Jamie Rogers ’14 a producer of HBO’s Allen v. Farrow, nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.

Michael Poisson ’08 is a writer on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, nominated for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program.

More great work:

Natasha Bedu ’03 is an editor on Netflix’s Selling Sunset, nominated for Best Unstructured Reality Series.

Laura Gartelman ’18 was technical animation coordinator, and Conor Doolin ’15 was asset coordinator on Netflix’s Love, Death and Robots, nominated for Outstanding Short Form Animation Program.

Chris Del Conte ’93 is global head of visual effects for Amazon Studios, whose The Boys was nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or Movie.

Emily Cofrancesco ’03 is an archival producer on HBO’s Allen v. Farrow, nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.

Tutwiler, directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon, MFA ’13, was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy in the Outstanding Short Documentary category.

David Harris Katz ’89 was nominated for two New York regional Emmy Awards: One was for Interview/Discussion Program – Long Form Content for Date While You Wait; another was for Entertainment – Short Form Content for You Can Change the World. Katz is executive producer of both.

Matt Michnovetz ’94 was nominated for Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Animated Program for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Glenn Alterman ’69 hosted a master class, “My First Year in New York,” as part of Broadway On Demand’s Broadway Master Class, nominated for a Daytime Emmy (Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program).

Emerson alumni at Riot Games have taken home their second Sports Emmy Outstanding Esports Coverage, for the 2020 League of Legends World Championship. Sam Chaimson ’13 was world feed executive producer, Maxwell Trauss ’07 was operations producer, John Daniel Depa ’17 was producer, and Ashley Crocker ’15 was videotape producer.

John General ’17 was a producer on CNN’s “Conspiracy Theorists Said She Started the Coronavirus Pandemic. Now She’s Afraid for Her Life,” nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Short Feature Story in a Newscast.

Jonathan Ade ’07 was on the Los Angeles Area Emmy Award winning team that took home a “Local Color” award for the documentary The New West Coast Sound that aired on PBS affiliate KCET.

Congratulations to all the nominees! Did we miss anyone? Let us know at today@emerson.edu.

*Executive producers, supervising producers, and producers are eligible to be submitted for Emmys in most categories honoring an overall series or special, but the Television Academy caps the number of names a given entry is allowed to submit.

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