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CUNY TV Receives Six NY Emmy® Nominations!

Awards to be Bestowed May 2 at Marriott Marquis Times Square

(New York, NY – Wednesday, February 11, 2015)

CUNY TV – New York’s independent non-commercial television station, part of The City University of New York – this morning received six nominations for the 2015 New York Emmy® Awards in categories
featuring the station’s signature series Asian American Life, Nueva York, Study with the Best and Theater Talk, and craft nominations for composer Tyrik Washington and editors Darren E. Ryan and Sylvester P. Lukasiewicz.

CUNY TV reaches 7.3 million households, and its original programming is archived online for a global audience at

Announcement of the 58th Annual New York Emmy® nominations was hosted by Jacqueline Gonzalez, Executive Director, 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 Denise Rover, Awards Committee Co-Chair, NY NATAS; N.J. Burkett, Correspondent, WABC-TV; Tamsen Fadal, Anchor, PIX11 News at 5 and 10, WPIX-TV; Elizabeth Hashagen, Anchor, News 12 Long Island; and Marvin Scott, Senior Correspondent & Anchor/Host, PIX News Close Up, WPIX-TV.

The 58th Annual New York Emmy® Awards will be presented at a Black Tie Gala on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at The Marriott Marquis ~ Times Square.

Congratulations to the CUNY TV teams behind these nominations!

Asian American Life: Asian American Adoption
Category: Historical/Cultural: Program Feature/Segment

CUNY TV’s monthly news magazine addresses topical issues affecting the Asian American communities nationwide, and profiles Asian American leaders. This segment takes an in-depth look at international adoption and how the adoptees of the 1970s and 80s have blended into their American families. Emotional interviews include Jared Rehberg, an adoptee from Vietnam who was part of the legacy of Operation Babylift; Annabel Schlossberg, an adoptee from Korea who grew up in a diverse community in Brooklyn, New York; and Marissa Martin, an adoptee from South Korea who was one of the only Asian Americans in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Also profiled is Also-Known-As, a New York City non-profit that provides support services to international and national adoptees.

Nueva York: Autism
Category: Health/Science: Program Feature/Segment

Nueva York is CUNY TV’s Spanish-language magazine celebrating the diversity and richness of Latino cultures in New York City. In a segment in honor of World Autism Awareness Month (April), Nueva York illustrates a mother's perspective on how she learned to understand and live with her son's autism diagnosis.

Stories of CUNY: The Best of "Study With the Best" Season 13
Category: Education/Schools: Program/Special

Study With the Best is CUNY TV’s magazine program about CUNY, the largest urban university in the U.S. This episode looks at the “Best Of” stories from the previous season. Film composer David Cieri, who scores some of Ken Burns’ documentaries, explains how he gets his inspiration. Nashwa El-Sayed – kidnapped by her father when she was young, taken to Egypt, and escaping when she was 17 – tells the story of her harrowing getaway and inspiring life afterwards. Rodolfo J. Caballero takes photos in deep, rural, and very colorful Mexico. Cory Einbinder, a prop maker and video artist, has developed one of the first functioning video puppets. And a former sailor, who followed her dream to be a math teacher, tells how she followed her heart into teaching.

Theater Talk: A Raisin in the Sun Trilogy 
Category: Interview/Discussion

Theater Talk’s A Raisin in the Sun Trilogy focuses on Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 play, with highlights from three interviews that explore the play from varied perspectives. Denzel Washington, star of the 2014 Broadway revival, and producer Woodie King, Jr. reflect on how audience perceptions of the race and class issues in the play have evolved over 55 years. Actresses LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose discuss interpreting their iconic female characters in the 2014 revival. The episode ends with an archival 2002 interview with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, plus the play’s original Broadway producer, Philip Rose, remembering the 1959 production. “Nothing like that had been on Broadway before,” Dee says, “where the central characters’ lives were not involved with the welfare of somebody white.” Their early experiences enrich today’s appreciation of this enduring drama. Executive Producer is Susan Haskins.

And craft nominations for:

Tyrik Washington
Title: “Latin Infusion NYC” (from Nueva York promos)
Category: Craft Specialty, Musical Composition/Arrangement

Latin Infusion NYC is a musical-narrative compilation of the daily activities and faces of three immigrants in New York City. From Classical to Afro Jazz, the music embodies the diversity of the Latino community. Through dance, athletic recreation and work, Latin Infusion NYC depicts elements of the average life of three New Yorkers who happen to be undocumented.

Darren E. Ryan, Editor
Sylvester P. Lukasiewicz, Editor

Title: The 57th Annual New York Emmy Awards: Montage of Nominees
Category: Editor: Short Form

This montage of nominees from The 57th Annual New York Emmy Awards was shown at the event and broadcast as part of the finished television program. Hundreds of entries were sorted through in order to find the clips that worked best together, which were then cut to the beat of the accompanying music and particular theme.

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 (Time Warner and Cablevision/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. Executive in Charge of Production is Gail R. Yancosek.