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CUNY TV Receives Seven NY Emmy® Nominations

Awards to be Bestowed on March 19

(New York, NY – Tuesday, February 9, 2016)

CUNY TV this morning received seven nominations for the 2016 New York Emmy® Awards in categories featuring the station’s signature series Arts in the City, Asian American Life, and Nueva York plus craft nominations for composers Christina Berry and Tyrik Washington.

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 59th 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. A complete list of all nominees can be found at .

Presenting the nominations were N.J. Burkett, Correspondent, WABC-TV; Tamsen Fadal, Anchor, PIX11 News at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm, WPIX-TV; Elizabeth Hashagen, Anchor, News 12 Long Island; and Marvin Scott, Senior Correspondent & Anchor/Host, PIX News Close Up, WPIX-TV.

The 59th Annual New York Emmy® Awards will be presented at a Black Tie Gala on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at The Marriott Marquis ~ Times Square.

Congratulations to the CUNY TV teams behind these nominations!

Arts in the City: The History of Hip Hop in the Bronx
Arts: Program Feature/Segment

Hip Hop culture has been around for over 40 years, and New York City can claim this international art form as its own. CUNY TV takes a look at this global phenomenon through the words of pioneering Hip Hop artists themselves.

Segment Producer and Editor: Eddie Bailey; Executive Producer: Robert Isaacson; Executives in Charge of Production: Susan Iger and Gail R. Yancosek; Producer: Alex J. Diamond

Arts in the City: Abandoned NYC
Historical/Cultural: Program Feature/Segment

Anyone who has wondered what’s beyond a “No Trespassing” sign will enjoy this tour of some of New York’s lost and lonely corners. Photographer Will Ellis reveals the city’s forgotten history in haunting images of urban decay, and shows how the past is literally washing up on the shores of a Brooklyn beach.

Reporter: Tony Guida; Executive Producer: Robert Isaacson; Executives in Charge of Production: Gail R. Yancosek, Susan Iger; Producer: Alex J. Diamond; Editor: Jiayi Wang

Asian American Life: Comfort Women
Historical/Cultural: Program Feature Segment

This social/historical segment reveals a tragic byproduct of World War II – Korean women captured and imprisoned as sex slaves by the Japanese military. Many of these women are still fighting for justice today. Asian American Life interviews two of the remaining 53 survivors who are ages 90 and over, and speaks with historians at CUNY’s Queensborough Community College who are keeping these women’s stories alive.

Reporter/Producer: Minnie Roh; Executive Producer: Robert Isaacson; Senior Producer: Maria Yip Lord; Editor: Sam Shakya; Cameramen: Darrell Brown, Milan Maric and Duane Ferguson

Nueva York: Best of Season 10
Best Magazine Program

Nueva York, CUNY TV’s Spanish-language magazine, celebrates the diversity & richness of Latino cultures in New York City. This edition features Ximena Roca, a young mariachi singer born in New York; co-host Patricio Lerzundi with Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS; French-Chilean rapper Anita Tijoux at the Latin Alternative Music Conference; the Academy at Green Worker Cooperatives, an organization that promotes cooperatives in which all workers are owners; co-host Carmen Boullosa with American filmmaker Pamela Yates about the search for truth and justice in her art; and Yolanda Henao, a Colombian mother who immigrated to New York more than 15 years ago, on the loss of three sons to violence and the importance of immigration reform.

Hosts: Carmen Boullosa, Patricio Lerzundi; Senior Producer: Robert Isaacson; Executive Producer: Jay Hershenson; Senior Producer: Jerry Carlson; General Consultant: Hugo Morales; Producer/Editors: Sarah Foudy, Àlex Lora, Jose Luis Orbegozo, Wilson Reyes, Mario Rosales, Gisela Sanders-Alcántara, Diana Vargas, Carmen Vidal

Nueva York: Ximena Roca
Societal Concerns : Program Feature/Segment

Despite a few well-known female singers, mariachi has always been, and continues to be, male-dominated. Twelve-year-old Ximena Roca grew up in New York listening to her Mexican father’s mariachi recordings and performances. Now, thanks to her father's influence, Ximena composes and interprets mariachi music with a profound respect for its roots. Her lyrics combine traditional songs while addressing contemporary issues such as migration and solitude.

Senior Producer: Robert Isaacson; Producers: Wilson Reyes, Diana Vargas; Camera: Wilson Reyes, Mario Rosales; Editor: Wilson Reyes


Christina Berry, Music Composer/Orchestrator/Music Production
Craft Specialty: Musical Composition/ Arrangement, Landmarks50

Landmarks50 was a unique challenge – to write music supporting centuries of architectural history. I used contrasting genres coinciding with each era represented in the segments. My entry includes three highlights – ‘Fugue in d minor’: In the spirit of historic preservation, I wrote a traditional fugue, strictly adhering to complex rules of fugue writing in music theory and counterpoint. It opens the show and is featured in the North Campus segment and closing credits (complete version with no dialogue.) ‘Dixieland Jazz’: A special tribute to the Louis Armstrong House Museum featuring a live jazz band. Since Mr. Armstrong was the most prominent figure of the Dixieland Jazz era 1900-1928, I hope to transport the listener to that era. ‘Memorial Taps’: A tribute to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Roosevelt House.”

Tyrik Washington, Music Producer
Craft Specialty: Musical Composition/Arrangement, “Nueva York”

“Nueva York” is a musical compilation consisting of the series intro and three audio-visual interstitials, within which the music helps to display the rich and diverse Spanish-speaking communities in New York City. Using a broad range of synthetic and acoustic instruments – along with a manifold of musical genres from Guaracha to Top-40 electric pop – the musical compilation helps to showcase Latino life in the Big Apple.

To view these entries, go to

CUNY TV salutes CUNY’s Office of University Relations for its nomination for “The CUNY Value: Sean DesVignes” in the Arts: Program Feature/Segment category on

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. Executives in Charge of Production are Susan Iger and Gail R. Yancosek.