Emmy pushes Web envelope

Broadband TV earns first-ever nominations

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A day after an arbitration panel ruled that the National Academy of Arts & Sciences couldn’t launch any new Emmy awards — but could continue with previously announced categories — the org announced the news and documentary nominees in four Broadband categories.

The respective websites for PBS’ “Frontline” docu series and the Washington Post led the noms with four each. The online arms of traditional print outlets dominated the nonimations, as Detroit Free Press’ Freep.com received three, while the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com scored two (along with Mediastorm.org).

Broadband categories up for consideration include current news coverage; documentary/no-fiction programming; arts, lifestyle and culture programming; and regional news coverage.

Videos earning mentions tackled subjects such as AIDS in Africa, the Iraq war and the Darfur crisis, as well as an interview with Ian McKellen and a feature on ice fishing. One nominee, Songofsongs.tv, entered via NATAS’ promotion with MySpace.

In announcing the nominees, the New York-based NATAS also took a swipe at its Los Angeles rival, the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences. The two sides entered arbitration earlier this year after ATAS sued NATAS, accusing the New York org of trying to launch a new Broadband Emmy kudofest behind its back — and in violation of the 1977 agreement that split the TV academy into two.

This week’s arbitration ruling was applauded by ATAS, but NATAS said it had little impact on its actions, as the org wasn’t planning to announce any more Broadband awards until at least after October — when the arbitration panel ultimately settles the two sides’ debate over how and when to award Broadband Emmys — and under which org’s purview.

“We’re pretty much business as usual,” said NATAS prexy Peter Price.

NATAS will award the 28th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards on Sept. 24, at the New York Sheraton Hotel. The nominees in the kudofest’s regular categories will be announced July 17.

And the nominees are…

Frontline/World Rough Cut — “Chicago:Little Mexico,” David Fanning, exec producer; Sharon Tiller, senior producer; Marian Marzynski, reporter/producer; Jackie Bennion, senior interactive producer
NationalGeographic.com Video in The News — “Sudan: Country in Crisis,” Gil Pimentel, exec producer; Jeff Hertrick, senior producer; Arthur Hurley, Laurie McClellan , Craig Moorhead, David Newland, Jennifer Quilo, Summer Simpson, producers/editors
Newsweek.com — “Voices of the Fallen,” Jonathan Groat, Jennifer Molina, multimedia producers
Washingtonpost.com — “Romania’s Hopes Lie With The European Union,” Travis Fox, senior videojournalist; Kevin Sullivan, reporter
Freep.com/Detroit Free Press — “Michigan Marines: Band of Brothers,” Nancy Andrews, exec producer; Kathleen Galligan, David P. Gilkey, Hugh Grannum, Stephen McGee, producers/photographers; John Mason, Joe Swickard, reporters; Craig Porter, director of photography and video; Kathy Kieliszewski, deputy director of photography and video

Mediastorm.org — “Bloodline: AIDS and Family,” Kristen Ashburn, photographer/videographer; Brian Storm, Eric Maierson, Pamela Chen, Elodie Mailliet, producers
Frontline/World Rough Cut — “France: Soundtrack To A Riot,” Stephen Talbot, senior producer; Camille Servan Schreiber, producer; Marco Werman, reporter; Jackie Bennion, senior interactive producer
Mediastorm.org — “Kingsley’s Crossing,” Olivier Jobard, photographer/videographer; Brian Storm , Eric Maierson, producers
Washingtonpost.com — “Being a Black Man,” Benedict de la Cruz, senior videojournalist; Hamil R. Harris , Sholn Freeman, reporters; Pierre Kattar, videojournalist
Washingtonpost.com — “Contamination and a Crusade,” Pierre Kattar, videojournalist
Washingtonpost.com — “Crisis in Darfur Expands,” Travis Fox, senior videojournalist

Stagework.org — “A Conversation With Sir Ian,” Martin Percy, senior interactive producer
Freep.com/Detroit Free Press — “Ice Fishing,” Nancy Andrews, exec producer; David P. Gilkey, producer/photographer; Eric Sharp, reporter; Craig Porter, director of photography and video; Kathy Kieliszewski, deputy director of photography and video
Frontline/World Rough Cut — “Calcutta Calling,” David Ritsher, Stephen Talbot, senior producers; Sasha Khokha, reporter/producer; Jackie Bennion, senior interactive producer
Frontline/World Rough Cut — “Libya: Out of The Shadow,” Stephen Talbot, Sharon Tiller, senior producers; John MacGibbon, producer; Marco Werman, reporter/producer; Jackie Bennion, senior interactive producer
Song of Songs.tv — “Song of Songs,” Chris Brickler, Federico Maro, Michael A. Romero, producers

Freep.com/Detroit Free Press — “La Calamita in Court,” Stephen McGee, Mandi Wright, producers/photographers
San Francisco Chronicle Video Reports — “Prisoners Guide Teens on Tour of San Quentin,” James Irwin, producer
San Francisco Chronicle Video Reports — “Two Dads, Five Sons, Forever Family,” James Irwin, producer

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