AETN is proud to tell the stories of Arkansas through original, local productions and, this year, four of those original films have received a total 10 Emmy nominations in the 2017 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
AETN original productions receiving nominations include “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas,” “Back Road Barns” and “Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury.”
AETN sets the bar for quality, educational programming for and about Arkansans,” AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger said. “Receiving 10 regional Emmy nominations in a single year for our original productions speaks volumes about the power of the stories we tell on behalf of our state and its people. I could not be more proud of our commitment to these programs. — AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger
Nominated for Director — Post-Production, Documentary — Historical, Editor — Program, and Musical Composition/Arrangement
A documentary that explores the capital city’s once vibrant African-American business and entertainment district, “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” uncovers how Urban Renewal, the Eisenhower Interstate Program and more influenced the area’s future. The film and a variety of historical and bonus material are available to view at aetn.org/dreamland.
Nominated for Public/Current/Community Affairs — Program/Special
An examination of the struggles facing Blytheville and Pine Bluff, “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” explores two cities that were once prosperous to uncover stories that shed light on the state of the American dream in the Arkansas Delta. You can view the full film and learn more about the state of poverty in Arkansas, available resources and related AETN content at aetn.org/adeeperlook.
Nominated for Human Interest — Program/Special and Photographer — Program
With visits to historic barns across the state, “Back Road Barns” provides a visual road trip through Arkansas’s rich agricultural history. View the film and a gallery of photos submitted by AETN viewers at aetn.org/programs/backroadbarns.
Nominated for Director — Post-Production, Documentary — Cultural, and Editor — Program
A one-hour film exploring concussions in athletics, “Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury” investigates the short-term effects and long-term risks of concussions through interviews with former professional athletes, medical experts and renowned researchers. Find the full film and resources for preventing concussions and explanations of the best way to respond when they occur at aetn.org/bellringer.
Winners of the NATAS Mid-America chapter will be announced Sept. 9 at the Annual Emmy Gala in St. Louis. Chartered in 1962, the NATAS Mid-America chapter began honoring outstanding achievement in television markets found primarily in Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri with local Emmy Awards in 1976.