CUNY TV Stars at New York Emmy Awards

May 8, 2017 | The University

In an encore performance, CUNY TV has won its 15th and 16th New York Emmy Awards, taking the coveted prizes for best Interview/Discussion for the series Theater Talk, and best Graphics:Animation for the graphic opening of the program Black America.

The 60th Annual New York Emmy Awards, presented Saturday, May 6 at a black-tie gala at The Marriott Marquis – Times Square, honored CUNY TV for Theater Talk: Talk to Remember, an Aug. 27, 2016, discussion with a group of prominent actors, directors and theater critics. The opening of Black America, created by animator Adam Finger, won the best graphics/animation award. CUNY TV had received 11 nominations – a record for the station – for the 2017 New York Emmys.

NY Emmy Winners Adam Finger(left), and Susan Haskins (right), with Chancellor Milliken(center).

CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken congratulated the winners, saying, “CUNY TV’s two New York Emmys this year, along with its 11 nominations, underscore what an asset this station is, for The City University of New York and for the city and state. We are honored that the New York Emmys continue to recognize CUNY TV’s important, relevant and creative contributions.”

Gail R. Yancosek, CUNY TV’s interim executive director, said, “I’m incredibly proud of our 11 nominees and our two terrific winners. It’s always a team effort and everyone makes CUNY TV proud every day.”

Theater Talk is a series devoted to the world of the stage. The syndicated program started on New York television in 1993 and is co-hosted by Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist for the New York Post, and series Executive Producer Susan Haskins. The Interview/Discussion Emmy recognized the program as well as Susan Haskins, Executive Producer/Co-Host; Steven Doloff, Producer; and Michael Riedel, Producer/Co-Host.

Susan Haskins (left), the winner of the Emmy for Interview/Discussion with Adam Finger (right) the winner of the Emmy for Graphics Animation.

The guests on the winning show were actors Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Jeff Daniels and George Takei; directors John Doyle and Ivo van Hove, and critics Ben Brantley of The New York Times, Peter Marks of The Washington Post and Elisabeth Vincentelli, then with the New York Post and now with The New Yorker.

Black America, which was developed by CUNY TV and premiered in February 2016, is an in-depth exploration of what it means to be black in America. The show profiles black activists, academics, business leaders, sports figures, elected officials, artists and writers to gauge this experience in a time of both turbulence and breakthroughs. The program is hosted by Carol Jenkins, Emmy award-winning New York journalist and founding president of The Women’s Media Center.