Posts Tagged ‘Times Square’

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New York Emmys Are Tonight

April 1, 2012

In just a few hours we’ll be headed to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square for the Emmy Awards.

It’s a big, black tie gala with close to a thousand people filling the ballroom. TV professionals, people who talk for a living, so the room can get LOUD.

Wish us luck. As I’ve mentioned ON THE SCENE is nominated in the Arts category for a beautiful piece we did called “Through Bojana’s Eyes” a profile of painter Bojana Coklyat who suffered vision loss and a life and death battle with diabetes.

 

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Awards Season and ON THE SCENE Alums

December 4, 2010

It’s exciting for me whenever something great happens for an artist I’ve enjoyed interviewing for ON THE SCENE.

That happened again Friday when the Producers Guild of America (PGA) nominated “Smash His Camera” for its Best Documentary Feature award. The film chronicles the photography and life of paparazzo Ron Galella. In previous posts I’ve written about my experience interviewing the controversial and colorful Galella. And I’ve heard from a lot of viewers and colleagues who were fascinated by the ON THE SCENE profile, and I appreciate how engaging people found it.

What I don’t understand, is why “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” was eliminated from Oscar contention and hasn’t picked up any other early awards nominations after playing to rave reviews at film festivals all over America and becoming, I have to believe, the most seen documentary of the year, if the number of theaters that showed it is any indication. It’s a compelling, surprising, and extraordinarily well produced story of a show business life, by filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. They are serious storytellers whose work here merits upper echelon award consideration. In a documentary, the award is for the filmmakers, not the subject of the piece. Is there a preconception that  a film about a comedian is by nature a less serious endeavor? Is there red carpet resentment against Rivers by the industry? If so, that’s absurd. Quality filmmaking needs to be recognized or we risk losing it. (I interviewed Joan Rivers for ON THE SCENE last year, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Times Square. People still ask me about her. It’s one of my most popular interviews and one I will always remember vividly.)

The Grammy nominations also came out this week. I was wondering if the cast recording for “Memphis” the Broadway musical would be nominated for Best Musical Show Album. It wasn’t. When I interviewed David Bryan at his house this summer, he told me how much he hoped the album would get a nomination. He was proud of the cast and creative team for working well together as they plowed through the recording session at a lightning pace. “Memphis” won the Best Musical Tony Award this year and often the recording of the Best Musical winner receives a Grammy nom, but not this time. (David Bryan won three Tony Awards for writing the music and producing “Memphis.” You may also know him as the keyboardist in Bon Jovi.)

Awards season is just beginning, we’ll see who stands out over the next couple months.

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A Surprise At “The Soprano State” Premier

October 20, 2010

Monday night marked a first.  It was the first time I covered a movie premier when I was in the movie and didn’t know it.

“The Soprano State” documentary had its official opening at the Ziegfeld Theatre on 54th Street and before the screening I interviewed the producer, Steve Kalafer (he recieved an Oscar nomination for one of my favorite short documentaries, “Curtain Call” and I was happy to finally meet him) and others involved in the project.  I could not stay to see the film, which chronicles political corruption in New Jersey, because we needed to finish our piece for the late newscast.

So I was surprised to hear the next morning from several people who did see it, that my voice from a televison report is used in the movie with my name titled on the screen.

“The Soprano State” is playing in the New York area starting Friday. If you see it, listen for me!

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A Night To Remember: Emmys 2010

April 24, 2010

First of all, if you go into an awards show with your only interest being winning the award you are nominated for, chances are you’re in for a miserable night. There’s only one winner. And Sunday, we were not in the winner’s circle! The amazing ON THE SCENE team was up for two New York Emmy Awards for creative, inventive, and downright hard work to create some moving and memorable television.

But the Emmys went to….somebody else!

That takes away nothing from the value of our work, its impact and artistic merit. And I congratulate the recipients once again, as I did that night. 

But I have to tell you, and this may sound surprising since we didn’t bring home the gold, but it was one of the best nights, ever. My special guest, choreographer Heidi Latsky of the Emmy nominated piece, “GIMP” from ON THE SCENE, is a remarkable person and we had a blast. It was great to be with my colleagues enjoying a night out in Times Square,  talking and laughing and telling stories. And, of course, seeing the finest work in our industry of the past year being honored.

Television awards are about celebrating the art form and encouraging good work. It’s bigger than an individual nomination. 

Also, once again the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences invited me to be a presenter, so while I didn’t go home with an Emmy, I did get to hand out a few! Thanks to Jacqueline Gonzalez and everyone at the Academy for being such a gracious team and working all year to pull off this show.

So check back, there’ll be some new photos posted from the Emmys in the gallery and homepage, soon.

When I was a college kid, I dreamed of being part of events like this, doing quality work that I believe in, and collaborating with talented people. The dream keeps unfolding.

As the dinner was served I offered a toast at our table of nominees, and if you’re a reader of the blog it’ll sound familar since I’ve written about my feelings about awards before…I raised a glass to say, “tonight is more than the awards. It’s about everything we did in life and in work to get here.”

Cheers.