Mississippi Public Broadcasting received three nominations for the 2016 Southeastern Regional EMMY® Awards. The work of nine MPB TV staffers and two original productions was acknowledged for excellence in media.
MPB TV’s Paul Miller and Mark Rigsby were nominated in the Special Event Coverage category for producing the live event coverage of the B.B. King Funeral on May 30, 2015.
King’s funeral was held at the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Indianola, Mississippi. MPB TV broadcasted a 30-minute tribute before the service, showcasing his life and legacy, as well as the entire three-hour funeral live on-air statewide. The coverage was also streamed live across the country and around the world. MPB’s funeral coverage has received more than 130,000 views on YouTube to date.
The “Jasmine Dreams” public service announcement (PSA), was nominated for EMMY® awards in two different categories. The PSA features former Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray.
Taiwo Gaynor, Keri Horn and Edie Greene received a nomination for the Community/Public Service Spot Announcement category. This award is given for excellence in announcements that effectively focus interest in and gather support for worthy community causes.
“Jasmine Dreams” is part of a campaign of videos produced by MPB to inspire young people to stay in school and graduate from high school.
Jasmine Murray narrates as the video opens with her as a young girl dreaming of what she wants to be as an adult, and then follows as her journey unfolds. The overall message is that Murray always understood how critical education is to achieving success in life.
“While it’s certainly an honor to be nominated for an EMMY®, the real reward is helping to keep kids in school and on track to graduate,” said Greene.
Joey Gibson, Aden Brown, Ryan Bohling and Scott Lancaster were also nominated for “Jasmine Dreams” in the Photography category, which includes promos, PSAs, commercials, etc. Their cinematography and art direction captured the essence of Jasmine’s story, and took the production to the next level. The constant movement of the camera draws the viewer in, as the warm color tones and backgrounds captures and holds their attention.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a professional organization for individuals in the television and broadcasting industry. The Southeast chapter represents television markets in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. A primary focus of the organization is the annual Southeast EMMY® Awards, celebrating excellence in media.