PBS nominated for 58 Primetime Emmy Awards
I'm extremely proud to share the news that PBS was nominated for 58 Primetime Emmy Awards yesterday, the most in our organization's history. MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" led the way with sixteen nominations, followed by MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia" with thirteen. This comes on the heels of our 37 News and Documentary Emmy Nominations, including a record sixteen nominations for POV.
We've also been nominated for five Television Critics Association Awards, which gives us good momentum heading into our PBS' portion of the Television Critics Association's Summer 2012 Press Tour. Over the weekend we will present two days of extraordinary press conferences and performances. Throughout our presentations we will emphasize how we are growing our impact by distinguishing public television as the destination for Americans looking for the best kids, history, science, public affairs and cultural programming.
Tomorrow we will announce four new history shows. In October we'll take a look back at a crucial moment in our nation's history by exploring the Cuban Missile Crisis with CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS: THREE MEN GO TO WAR and SECRETS OF THE DEAD "The Man Who Saved the World." We're also announcing CONSTITUTION USA, with Peter Sagal, which will be coming to our airwaves in spring 2013, and Ken Burns' fresh look at Franklin, Eleanor and Teddy Roosevelt, which will air in 2014.
On Sunday we will announce the premier date and schedule details for Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Our new project with the Fred Rogers Company will bring Fred's philosophy to life for a whole new generation of parents and children, and helps round out our KIDS schedule so that we address the entire range of early learning skills.
All the best,
July 12, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KSMQ-TV HONORED FOR AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION EFFORTS
AUSTIN, Minn.— KSMQ-TV was honored at a statewide conference last night for its production of local television programs that focus on agricultural issues. KSMQ Production Manager Chuck Czech accepted the “Ag and Industry Award” from the Minnesota Association of Ag Educators (MAAE) during the group‟s state conference in Morton on July 11. The award cited Czech “for his professionalism, quality work and diligent efforts to educate the KSMQ audience about Minnesota agriculture.” The award came about through Czech‟s work as producer and director of the KSMQ-TV program “Farm Connections.”
“We here at KSMQ know how hard Chuck works on making the best television productions possible, including the „Farm Connections‟ program,” said Eric Olson, KSMQ President and CEO. “It is a much-deserved honor for Chuck that he receive an endorsement from an organization like MAAE.”
The Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators is an organization of teachers of agriculture at the high school, post-secondary, and adult levels who seek to advance agricultural education in Minnesota. The MAAE strives to provide leadership opportunities, service, and advocacy for its members. MAAE works cooperatively with the National Association of Agricultural Educators as professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy, and service.
Photo: Chuck Czech (left) and Dan Hoffman (host of KSMQ’s “Farm Connections”)
Based in Austin, Minn., KSMQ-TV is the PBS television network affiliate serving southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. Through its FCC broadcast license, KSMQ-TV provides high quality local and national programming commercial-free to the residents of many regional communities including Austin, Albert Lea, Rochester, Owatonna, Mason City, Mankato and Winona. KSMQ-TV produces a variety of topical local television programs, provides three additional broadcast channels of unique content, maintains a regional program website, www.ksmq.org, and operates several other multimedia portals.
July 30, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KSMQ-TV ADDS THREE TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AUSTIN, Minn.— An attorney with a practice in Preston, Minn. and two regional economic development experts have joined the board of directors of Austin-based KSMQ-TV. With its studio and offices located on the campus of Riverland Community College, KSMQ-TV is the PBS television affiliate serving southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. The new members beginning their terms on the board are Pamela Bishop, Jennifer Gumbel and Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt.
"Our new members will bring a beneficial and diverse mix of talents to our board," said KSMQ Chairwoman Suzy Meneguzzo. "Their skills will certainly be welcomed as we seek ways to expand our local television programming during a time of transition in the media environment."
Pamela Bishop is the Business Senior Program Officer at the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation in Owatonna. Her responsibilities include strategy implementation and program management of the Foundation's regional business and economic development goals. Bishop is also active in the Vision 2020 initiative in Austin. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA.
Jennifer Gumbel is a partner with the law firm Springer & Gumbel, P.A. in Preston, Minn. Gumbel joined the firm in 2008. Her practice areas include criminal, probate and real estate. Gumbel is a cum laude graduate of the Drake University Law School in Des Moines.
Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt is Executive Director of the United Way of Austin. A native of Willmar, Lighthizer-Schmidt earned a masters degree in Public and Nonprofit Institutions from St. Cloud State University. Among her numerous civic activities, Lighthizer-Schmidt serves as a member of the board of directors of The Hormel Foundation.