Four area nominees pick up regional Emmys

Four area nominees pick up regional Emmys

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-based Shatterglass Studios won a regional Emmy Award for its "Ebertfest 2012" documentary.

Three other nominees, all of whom work at the University of Illinois, also picked up regional Emmy awards on Saturday night at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Mid-America Chapter Emmy Gala in St. Louis.

Brett Hays, producer at Shatterglass Studios, said it felt especially meaningful to have won an Emmy for the work the studio did on the 2012 Roger Ebert's Film Festival, a special event of the UI College of Media.

Luke Boyce, director at Shatterglass, agreed, saying the studio puts a lot of love and passion into Ebertfest because it has "so much love and passion for the festival" and for what the late Roger Ebert, festival emcee Chaz Ebert and festival director Nate Kohn and associate director Mary Susan Britt do for cinema.

"We try to inject that passion into the documentary every year and to have this particular one, being the one with Roger's last appearance at the festival, get this kind of recognition is so very special," Boyce said.

"I feel honored to be a small part of the incredible legacy of Roger Ebert and I feel like this award is our tribute to him."

Shatterglass won over five other nominees in the interstitial category for its 10-minute retrospective of the 14th annual Ebertfest.

Shatterglass creates television commercials, corporate-branding videos, industrial videos, promotional videos and films.

The three UI regional Emmy winners are:

— "Nathan and Julie Gunn," a short documentary made for the Big Ten Network, in the arts and entertainment program feature segment category. The producers were Allison Davis Wood and Tim Hartin; and associate producers, Laren Pike, Kevin Southworth, and Kaitlin Southworth.

The documentary about the Gunns introduce viewers to Grammy Award-winning Nathan Gunn, a baritone and international opera star, and his wife and accompanist, Julie Gunn. Both are tenured professors in the UI School of Music.

In 2008, People magazine listed Nathan Gunn as "One of the Sexiest Men Alive." The documentary covers his sex appeal as well as his life in Champaign as a family man — the father of five children. The documentary may be seen at

— Steve Drake, a video producer for the UI's Beckman Institute, won in the category of informational/instructional feature segment for his animated production, "Why Men are Better Navigators than Women."

This was the third consecutive regional Emmy win for Drake
in this category. The previous wins were for "The Invisible Gorilla" in 2011 and for "Sculpting Proteins" in 2012.

— Professor Nancy Benson’s international reporting class won a college regional Emmy in long-form, non-fiction programming for “Illinois Travels to Turkey, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.”

Most of the nominees were media companies in St. Louis and Kansas City.

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