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Renaissance Center gets 10 Emmy nods

Released on February 2, 2009

The Multimedia Department at The Renaissance Center received 10 Emmy nominations in nine categories at the 16th annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards nomination reception at BMI headquarters in Nashville Friday.

The Emmy Awards are presented annually by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for excellence in television production and programming.

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According to NATAS Nashville/Midsouth Region President Michael Beckett, there was a record number of more than 700 entries representing 70 television stations and production companies. There were 208 nominations in 56 categories. Judging was under the Cleveland chapter of NATAS.

The Renaissance Center’s nominations are:
Sports Series: Tennessee’s Wild Side; Doug Jackson, Steve Hall, Ken Tucker;
Entertainment: Saved; Doug Jackson, David Van Hooser, Steve Hall, Ken Dickens;
Special Event Program/PostKathy Mattea: Sounds of the Season; Kathy Mattea, Sandra Harris, Marc Dottore, Kathryn Russ;
Informational/InstructionalTennessee’s Wild Side; Small Mouth Bass; Jay Korff, Ken Tucker;
Camera/Non-newsBarry Cross Composite; Barry Cross; and Collective Images; Ken Tucker;
Editor/Non-newsKen Tucker Edited; Ken Tucker;
Lighting/LocationSaved, Ken Dickens, Craig Anderson;
Set DesignToy Shop Composite; Robert Cooper;
Writer/Non-newsWriting On the Wild Side; Jay Korff.

“Everyone at The Renaissance Center is extremely proud of the talented staff of the Multimedia Department,” said Doug Jackson, executive director of The Renaissance Center. “To receive 10 Emmy nominations in one year is an exceptional accomplishment, but it does not come as a total surprise. Steve Hall and the Multimedia team put their heart and soul into each project and it shows.”

Hall, director of Multimedia at The Renaissance Center, said the number of nominations received by the department is “truly amazing for a small production team like ours.

“We’re not even eligible in many categories. I’m really proud of the work and commitment put in by this team, but I’m even more impressed by their qualities and characteristics as individuals,” Hall said. “This is an amazing achievement and a blessing for us. And we’re grateful to Doug Jackson for supporting our efforts and allowing us to show our work in the Emmys.

“The Multimedia Department is small in size but large in the excellence of work produced by our team. What makes it even better is that these are great people as well as great professionals. Ralph Easley, Ken Tucker, Sandra Harris, David Van Hooser, Barry Cross and Craig Anderson are committed professionals who make up the heart of our work. Personally, I thank God for all He has allowed us to achieve, and for the chance to work with such individuals who are my friends as well as my colleagues.”

David Van Hooser, nominated for his production of Saved, which is currently running on the Web site, said the short film was a different kind of project for The Renaissance Center and he is pleased about the nominations.

“We don’t produce dramatic short videos on a regular basis and it doesn’t really fit into any particular category of what we usually do here,” Van Hooser said. “It was a creative exercise for many people here and for people in the community who were involved. Saved is also different from other nominees in the Entertainment category. The other nominees are the more traditional, routine documentaries seen on television. I’m grateful Saved has been recognized in this way. I think it’s quality work by quality people and it will still be that whether or not it goes on to receive an actual Emmy.”

Hall noted how extraordinary the nominations are.

“When you consider the fact we are competing against major television stations in the region and we are not even eligible in most of the categories, yet still received a competitive number of nominations, it’s really extraordinary,” he said.

The awards will be presented Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville and can be seen live on Educational Channel 9 in Nashville at 8 p.m. The program will be repeated at 11 p.m. on WNPT Channel 8.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to fostering excellence in television. The academy has 18 chapters with 15,000 members nationwide.

The Nashville/Midsouth Region encompasses the states of North Carolina (except Asheville) and Tennessee and the television market of Huntsville, Ala.

For a complete list of nominees visit the Web site at