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Emerson to host 31st Annual EVVY Awards

Alumni to appear in person or via video include: actor, comedian Mario Cantone (Sex and the City); author, screenwriter, producer Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter); and actor, writer Denis Leary (Rescue Me)

BOSTON, MA (May 2, 2012)—On Saturday, May 12, at 7:00 pm EST, Emerson College will host the 31st Annual EVVY Awards in front of a live audience at the 1,200–seat Cutler Majestic Theatre. Modeled after the Emmys and Oscars, this year’s production is sold out, but it will be broadcast throughout Boston on BNNTV and streamed live at

Hosted by freshman Gabe Gibbs, a Musical Theatre major, and senior Omri Rolan, a Marketing Communications major, the EVVYs is the largest multi-camera, live college campus event in the United States. It’s a celebration of Emerson’s world-renowned communication and arts programs in which 40 awards are presented to students in a variety of categories—from Outstanding Vocal Performer to Outstanding Cinematic Achievement. In between award presentations, the production includes a variety of comedy sketches and musical and theatrical performances.

Student award submissions are sent out to professional judges in their respective fields. Among those judging this year’s EVVY’s: Mark Burnett, creator of NBC’s Survivor; Todd Greenwald, creator, executive producer, and writer for Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place; Jon Rineman, writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; Phedon Papamichael, cinematographer for the Academy Award–winning film The Descendants; John Midgley, Academy Award–winning sound mixer for Hugo; DJ Romeo at Boston’s Kiss 108; and reporters at New England Cable News (NECN), the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald.

And while students are recognized on stage, many Emerson students will be working behind the scenes to produce the EVVYs—putting into action what they’ve learned about lighting, sound, set design, costume design, directing, and filming a live event. Emerson alumnus, faculty member, and executive producer of the NBC sitcom Friends Kevin Bright is the executive producer and advisor for the production.

This year’s guest presenters include Vice President of Talent at ESPN and Emerson Board member Al Jaffe; Emmy Award–Winning television producer and board member Gary Grossman; Executive Director of ArtsEmerson Robert Orchard; and Executive Producer of House, M.D. and Lie to Me Daniel Sackheim.

Actor and comedian Mario Cantone is this year’s recipient of the Alumni Award of Distinction.

The 31st Annual EVVY Awards are sold out. The show starts at 7:00 pm at the Cutler Majestic Theatre (219 Tremont Street, Boston) and runs approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. It will air on BNNTV in Boston (Comcast, Ch. 9 or 23 | RCN, Ch. 15 or 83) and be available via live stream at It will re-air in select markets and online soon after the live event.

Awards for Writing, Journalism, and Marketing, among other disciplines taught at Emerson, are presented at a banquet in April.

About Emerson College
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,453 undergraduates and 837 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 80 student organizations and performance groups, 14 NCAA teams, student publications, honor societies, television stations including the Emerson Channel, and WERS-FM, the nation’s highest rated student-run radio station. Emerson is internationally known for its study and internship programs in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic. The College has an active network of 32,000 alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts.

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