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Dozens of Emerson Alums Up for Emmys

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Henry Winkler accepts Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles. Winkler was nominated again this year. File photo/Lester Cohen/WireImage

More than two dozen Emerson alums were nominated for Emmy Awards on Tuesday July 12, including performers Henry Winkler ’67, Jennifer Coolidge ’85, and Bill Burr ’93; TV writer/showrunner Stefani Robinson ’14; late night writer par excellence Opus Moreschi ’00; Randy Barbato ’82, executive producer of RuPaul’s Drag Race; and TV legend Norman Lear ’44.

Winkler is nominated for best Supporting Actor in a Comedy series for his role as Gene Cousineau on HBO’s Barry, a role that won him an Emmy in 2018 and a previous nomination in 2019. It’s Winkler’s eighth Emmy nomination.

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Jennifer Coolidge ’85 was nominated for an Emmy for her work on The White Lotus. Her work in the Emerson College Class of 2020 commencement video (pictured) also was captivating.

Coolidge is nominated for best Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for portraying Tanya McQuoid in the HBO limited series The White Lotus. This is Coolidge’s first Emmy nomination.

Burr is up for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series as Rick in the Roku Channel’s Immoral Compass. It’s his first Emmy nomination.

Robinson, an executive producer and writer on FX’s What We Do in the Shadows, was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on the episode “The Wellness Center”. This is her fifth nomination; in 2020 she was nominated as both a writer and producer for the series.

Moreschi got his 23rd Emmy nomination. He’s up for Outstanding Writer for a Variety Series for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He’s been nominated for his work on the show every year since 2017, winning an Emmy last year for Colbert’s live election special. Prior to that, he was continually nominated for The Colbert Report, winning three times.

Opus Moreschi ’00 (Photo by Mindy Tucker)

Barbato’s World of Wonder production company has five Emmys for VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. He has 16 nominations in total.

And Lear, who made history as the oldest person to take home an Emmy in 2019, got his 21st nomination this week as executive producer of Live in Front of a Studio Audience: “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes.” Lear has six Emmys and was inducted into the Emmys’ Hall of Fame in 1984.

The Primetime Emmys will be presented Monday, September 12.

More individual nominees:

Laura Ballinger Gardner ’94, art director on HBO’s The Gilded Age, was nominated for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More). It’s her third nomination.

Re-recording mixer Larry Benjamin ’88 is up for two Emmys this year in the Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) for his work on AMC’s Better Call Saul (“Carrot and Stick”) and Netflix’s Ozark (“Sanctified”). He has 12 Emmy nominations in total, and one win.

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Fellow re-recording mixer Sam Ejnes ’10 is up for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half–Hour) and Animation for his work on What We Do in the Shadows (“The Casino”).

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Stefani Robinson ’14. Photo/Maarten De Boer/TCFFC

Ryan Hermosura ’01, camera operator on CBS’ Survivor, is up for Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program. Kevin R. Johnson ’95, camera operator on CBS’ The Amazing Race, is up for the same award.

Music editor David Klotz ’94 is nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) for his work on Netflix’s Stranger Things. Klotz has 19 nominations and seven wins.

Tesha Kondrat ’13 is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a variety series for her work on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. It’s her second nomination; she won in 2018 for her work on Robot Chicken.

Director of Photography Larkin Seiple ’07 was nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his work on Starz’s Gaslit.

Editor Catherine Trasborg ’11 is up for Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming, for her work on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (“Jordan Klepper Takes on ‘Wellness’ Anti-Vaxxers”).

Mark Rutman ’07 was nominated for Outstanding Casting for a Limited or Anthology Series for Hulu’s The Dropout.

Series/Movie Nominations

Rob Paine ’92 was co-executive producer of two shows up for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded): CBS’ Adele: One Night Only and HBO’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. He was also supervising producer of ABC’s The Oscars, nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Live).

Brittany Martin Porter ’10 is co-executive producer, and Jared Wyso ’11, a producer, of NBC’s The Voice, nominated for Outstanding Competition Program. Bri Baxter ’14 also is a producer on the program.  

Michael Poisson ’08, Maggie Cannan ’18, and Ellory Smith ’18 were writers on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken (“Happy Russian Deathdog Dolloween 2U”), nominated for Short Form Animation Program. It’s Poisson’s fourth nomination, Smith’s third, and Cannan’s first.

Ballard C. Boyd ’04 is a producer (and Opus Moreschi a supervising producer) on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

Emily Cofrancesco ’03 is archival producer for Showtime’s We Need To Talk About Cosby, which was nominated for Best Documentary.

Laura Gartelman ’18 is senior coordinator for Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots, which was nominated for Outstanding Short Form Animation Program and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy, Drama or Animation Series.

Lourdes Diaz ’93 is executive producer of Netflix’s The Tinder Swindler, nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

Joel A. Greenberg ’92 was an executive producer of HBO’s The Survivor, nominated for Outstanding Television Movie.

Adam Leibowitz ’06 is a supervising producer on Netflix’s Cheer, nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

Megan Mascena Gaspar ’89 was a producer on The Dropout, nominated for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series.

Joe Mande ’05 is co-executive producer of HBO’s Hacks, nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough ‘07 is a producer of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

Brian Smith ’95 is executive producer of Netflix’s Love Is Blind, nominated for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

Laura Streicher ’97 is co-executive producer of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Did we leave anyone out? Let us know at alumni@emerson.edu

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