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Southeastern Channel nominated for four Emmys

Southeastern Channel nominated for four Emmys

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The Southeastern Channel has been nominated for four regional Emmy Awards, which will be announced in December. Pictured are, from left, General Manager Rick Settoon,  Videographer/Editor Josh Kapusinski and Operations Manager Steve Zaffuto.

     HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational access station, has been nominated for four regional Emmy Awards.
      The nominations were for a station identification promo, a composite of graphics and animation work, and promotional spots for the channel’s football broadcasts and its nature series, “Backyard Wonders.”
      Channel Videographer/Editor Josh Kapusinski was nominated for three Emmys, for his promotional spot for “Backyard Wonders. He also received a nomination for a Southeastern Channel ID and for a composite of his work nominated in the “Graphic Arts and Animation” category. Operations Manager Steve Zaffuto was nominated for his promo for Southeastern football broadcasts.
      The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences made the nominations from entries submitted by television stations and production companies in the Suncoast Region, which includes Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. The winners will be announced Dec. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
      The Southeastern Channel has won six Emmys and garnered 18 Emmy nominations over the last five years and this year had more nominations than any other university channel in the region and one of the top numbers among all Louisiana television stations. The Channel is the only university television station in the state to have won an Emmy.
       “The Emmy is the highest honor that you can win in television, so this is a great statement about the high quality of our productions,” said Rick Settoon, general manager of the Channel.  “Josh and Steve richly deserve this recognition since the quality of their work ranks at the top of the industry.  They’ve applied their tremendous creative and technical talents through hard work to make not only these spots, but all of their work, as good as possible.”
        Kapusinski has won three Emmys while Zaffuto has won two.
        “A nomination in itself is a great achievement regardless of whether or not the work ends up winning,” Kapusinski said.  “I’m happy with just the nomination that in itself is a great honor because to get nominated numerous industry professionals from producers to writers to camera operators have to judge the work.”
       Zaffuto agreed.  “It is again an honor to receive a nomination,” he said.  “It is a validation of the hard work everyone does at the Southeastern Channel.”

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