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CUNY TV Receives Record 11 NY Emmy® Nominations!

Awards to be Bestowed on May 6

(New York, NY – Thursday, February 23, 2017)
CUNY TV – New York’s independent non-commercial television station, part of The City University of New York – this morning received ELEVEN nominations – a station record – for 2017 New York Emmy® Awards in categories featuring the station’s signature series Arts in the City, Asian American Life, Nueva York, Study with the Best and Theater Talk (the latter a co-production with Theater Talk Productions).

CUNY TV reaches 7.3 million households in the New York metro area via over-the-air broadcast and cable, and its original programming is archived online for a global audience at

Announcement of the 60th Annual New York Emmy® nominations was hosted by Denise Rover, President, New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NY NATAS), at CUNY TV’s Himan Brown studios this morning.  A complete list of all nominees can be found at 

Presenting the nominations were N.J. Burkett, Correspondent, WABC-TV; Elizabeth Hashagen, Anchor, News 12 Long Island; Diana Williams, Anchor, Eyewitness News at 5 PM, WABC-TV; and Marvin Scott, Senior Correspondent & Anchor/Host, PIX News Close Up, WPIX-TV.

The 60th Annual New York Emmy® Awards will be presented at a Black Tie Gala on Saturday, May 6 at The Marriott Marquis ~ Times Square.

Congratulations to the teams behind these nominations!

CUNY TV’s nominations are for the following programs and crafts in these categories.  (Shows and segments may be viewed at

 Arts in the City – December 2015
Entertainment: Program/Special

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson hosts this episode from the New-York Historical Society. Tinabeth Piña visits the NYHS’s exhibition on the history of comic book superheroes in New York City. Pat Collins previews must-see Broadway shows during the holiday season. Ernabel Demillo tells the story of Chinese-born artist Zhang Hongtu, whose politically inspired art is on display at the Queens Museum. Barry Mitchell interviews Kelly Carlin, the author of a new memoir about growing up with her father, comedian George Carlin. Andrew Falzon profiles artist Ryan Smyth, who designs masks for hockey goalies. And Carol Anne Riddell explores the growing trend of coloring books for adults.
Asian American Life – Latin Asians
Historical/Cultural: Program Feature/Segment
Korean Dominican? Chinese Cuban? According to the latest census survey, almost a half a million Asian Latinos now live in the United States – mostly residing in New York, Texas, and California. Reporter Tinabeth Piña traces the immigration history of this ethnic population and their contributions to American arts and culture.
Asian American Life –
The Ties That Bind: Filipinos in New York

Historical/Cultural: Program Feature/Segment
Thousands of immigrants passed through the registry room at Ellis Island, but little is known about the Filipinos who arrived in the early 1900’s. Many came as U.S.-sponsored students and attended colleges like Columbia University and New York University. Series host Ernabel Demillo traces their path to America.
Black America – Little Brown Girls with Misty Copeland
Black America’s production team visits American Ballet Theatre to interview Misty Copeland about little brown girls in America. Misty shares with series host Carol Jenkins a conversation with President Obama about body image, and how her perseverance in dance led her to make history as ABT's first black female Principal Dancer. Misty also discusses endorsements with Seiko, Under Armour, and creating her own Barbie doll with Mattel.
Black America - Show Opening by Adam Finger
Craft Specialty: Graphic Arts: Animation
Black America, a weekly talk show hosted by Carol Jenkins, offers an in-depth conversation that explores what it means to be black in America. The opening sequence, a blend of 3D animation and motion graphics, serves to capture the tone of the show by presenting a multi-angle view of the ups and downs, the rhythms and tensions, of the black experience. Timed to an original musical score by Tyrik Washington, an undulating “titlescape” springs to life as instances of black achievement and struggle – captured in a series of historic and contemporary photographs – send seismic waves over the contours of the American landscape.
Nueva York – Best of Season 11
Magazine Program
Nueva York, CUNY TV’s Spanish-language magazine, celebrates the diversity and richness of Latino cultures in New York City.  Singer Irka Mateo speaks about how research into her Afro-Latin and Taíno roots led her to develop her musical style. Vicentico, singer in the famous Argentinean group Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, is interviewed. Patricio Lerzundi meets with Lydia Cacho, journalist and human rights activist, who despite constant death threats continues to report on abuse against women. Carmen Boullosa interviews the famous Peruvian singer Susana Baca. Plus reports on the largest demonstration of Latino solidarity with the LGBTQ community, and the work of the Salesians, a religious group who support migrants through educational and social projects.
Nueva York – Salesians
Religion: Program Feature/Segment
Nueva York travels to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to cover the work of the Salesians, a religious group who, through educational and social projects, support Central American and Mexican migrants who are facing challenges in their frustrating attempts to cross the border.
Nueva York – “I Am” by Tyrik Washington
Craft Specialty: Musical Composition/Arrangement
“I Am,” an Afro-Cuban, pop-rock musical arrangement, helps to tell stories of a Cuban-American retiree’s love for antique cars, a Venezuelan-American female athlete striving for eminence in the sports arena, and a Mexican-American construction worker who has helped to make New York City one of the most admired cities in the world. This musical compilation underscores the lives of ordinary people helping to make New York City an extraordinary place.
Study With the Best – Water and CUNY
Education/Schools: Program/Special
An exploration of New York City’s greatest natural resource – water – and the work that a variety of City University of New York people are putting into studying, exploring, and managing this resource.
Study With the Best –
CUNY Study Abroad in Korea Media Production
and Cultural Studies

Education/Schools: Program Feature/Segment
Students from The City University of New York traveled to South Korea for a media production study abroad program. Over the course of the three-week trip, they learned, made their own documentary, and explored the diversity of South Korea - seeing a live K-Pop show, meeting Korean friends, and eating some live octopus!
Theater Talk – Talk to Remember
“Talk to Remember” highlights Theater Talk viewers’ favorite interviews of the season, including "The Color Purple” actresses Danielle Brooks, Jennifer Hudson & Cynthia Erivo with their director John Doyle, comparing diversity on Broadway to that in Hollywood; actor Jeff Daniels of the drama “Blackbird,” admonishing actors who miss performances; drama critics Ben Brantley, Peter Marks and Elisabeth Vincentelli discussing the significance of Belgian director Ivo van Hove’s revivals of Arthur Miller's “The Crucible” and “A View from the Bridge”; van Hove himself sharing strategies for reimagining these classics;  and actor George Takei remembering his childhood experiences during World War II in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, which inspired the musical “Allegiance.”  Co-produced with Theater Talk Productions. Co-hosts are Michael Riedel of the New York Post and Susan Haskins.
CUNY TV is broadcast in the New York metropolitan area on digital Ch. 25.3, and is cablecast in the five boroughs of New York City on Ch. 75 (Spectrum; Optimum/Brooklyn), Ch. 77 (RCN Cable) and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS).  Original productions are archived on this website for viewing anytime.
Executive Director of CUNY TV is Robert Isaacson.  Executives in Charge of Production are Gail R. Yancosek and Susan Iger.