BYU Broadcasting brings home 16 Emmy awards

BYU Broadcasting receives over 15 Emmy awards for their work this past year. (Photo courtesy Brian Berthhold)
BYU Broadcasting received 16 Emmy awards for its work this past year. (Photo courtesy Brian Berthold)

BYU Broadcasting raked in 16 Emmy awards at the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards ceremony, held in Phoenix in mid-October.

“We’re delighted to have our programming recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and are encouraged by their continued response to our original programming,” said Derek Marquis, managing director of BYU Broadcasting.

This year’s win of 16 Emmys out of the 27 nominations marks five awards more than last year’s win of 11 Emmys out of 19 nominations. Together, these past two years are the most award-winning years in BYU broadcasting history.

“We have more than tripled the amount of Emmys in these last two (years) alone,” said director of operations Scott Swofford.

The night was particularly important for Todd Hansen, writer and host of the show “Story Trek.” Hansen accepted Emmy awards from four different categories on behalf of the show including on-camera talent, writing, human interest program and interview/discussion series.

“The announcer of ‘The Price is Right’ was the one who presented me with the first award,” Hansen said. “Once that one was read, all the pressure was off, because at least we got one. Then we won another one, and then another, and another.”

But for Hansen this night was about more than trophies. To him, the real award was the journey that he and his team took to get this far and what this recognition might mean for BYU Broadcasting’s future.

“If (it) gets more people to watch the show, then great because that’s what I want. Increasing the eyes on BYUtv would just be tremendous. I hope that in some small way that (the shows) will make the world a better place.”

Scott Swofford said that the success at the Emmys is very encouraging for the network. He hopes the increased recognition will help spread BYUtv’s mantra to “see the good in the world” beyond those in the LDS faith to all those who share wholesome values.

BYU Broadcasting Emmy Awards 2013:

Arts/Entertainment — Program/Special
The Song That Changed My Life — Howard Jones

Societal Concerns — Program/Special
Turning Point — Floating Doctors

On-Camera Talent — Program Host/Moderator
American Ride — Legacy of Lincoln

On-Camera Talent — Performer/Narrator
The Story Trek

Writer — Program (Non-News)
The Story Trek

Human Interest Program Feature/Segment
The Story Trek — “The Accident that Changed My Life”

Human Interest Program Feature/Segment
La Cocina de La Abuela — Mazamorra Chiquita

Promotion Program — Sports
Ready for More BYUtv Sports — Countdown to Kickoff

Promotion Program — Single Spot or Campaign
BYUtv Spring Frames

Documentary — Cultural
Heroes de La Comunidad — Visibles y Invisibles

Documentary — Cultural
Tesoros Escondidos — Tamborileros

Interview/Discussion — Program/Special or Series
The Story Trek — “God Has Something Better”

Teen (13 and up) — Program/Special

Special Event Coverage (other than News or Sports) — Live or Edited
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents The Joy of Song

Education/Schools Program Feature/Segment/Program/Special
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