BYUtv which has gained recognition and popularity over the years is receiving prestigious nominations.
BYUtv has been nominated for 25 Emmys by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
“We feel like this is helping us to reach our goals as we continue to grow our audience as well as our recognition on a national level,” said Keith Willes, marketing director for BYUtv.
Over the past few years, the broadcasting outlet has consistently walked away from the award ceremony with more than a few Emmys. In 2012, BYUtv was awarded 11 Emmys from 10 different categories, ranging from Live Sporting Events to Cultural Documentaries.
The Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards is different from the Prime Time Emmy Awards shown on TV. While both come from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards are specifically hosted by the academy’s Rocky Mountain Southwest chapter. The nominees don’t compete against each other but are judged individually against a standard set by judges from other chapters of the Academy.
This year’s nominations include many returning faces and programs. Stan Ellsworth, received an Emmy last year for his role as program host in “American Ride,” is once again nominated in the same category. “Story Trek” and BYUtv HD Sports are also returning to the Emmys this year.
“We’re confident in all our nominations, but obviously we hope that Stan will win again,” Willes said.
New this year to the nominations Matt Meese, one of the principal actors in BYUtv’s popular comedy show, “Studio C.” Meese will be the first actor from BYUtv to ever be nominated for an Emmy.
“It made my day when I found out. It’s very encouraging for all of us,” Meese said.
Justin Harwell, a sophomore from Mission Viejo, Calif., said he wasn’t surprised that “Studio C” was nominated.
“I think they’re really good, and they deserve it. I think that “Studio C” is really different from all the other comedic shows,” said Harwell.
Willes said the nomination for Meese representing “Studio C” is an important milestone for the show and BYUtv because it is BYUtv original content. This will hopefully give confidence to BYUtv about the rest of its original content.
“It’s exciting to see it finally get some recognition for the great work that they are doing there,” Willes said.
Meese also hopes that this nomination will draw more eyes to the show.
“We want to be taken seriously — well as far as comedy can be,” Meese said.
Winners of the Emmy awards will be announced Saturday, Oct. 19 at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards Gala in the University of Phoenix stadium. Meese, Ellsworth and the other BYUtv nominees will attend the ceremony. Tickets to the event can be purchased by visiting rockymountainemmy.org
To see a full list of the nominees that will be considered, visit www.byutv.org/.