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AETN original productions receive 10 Emmy nominations

Posted 03 Aug 2017

Four original productions produced by the Arkansas Educational Television Network have received 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 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.'

'Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street,' a documentary that explores the street's glory days and how Urban Renewal, the Eisenhower Interstate Program and more influenced its future, is nominated for Director – Post-Production, Documentary – Historical, Editor – Program, and Musical Composition/Arrangement.

'A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas,' an examination of the struggles facing two Arkansas cities, Blytheville and Pine Bluff, is nominated for Public/Current/Community Affairs – Program/Special.

'Back Road Barns,' a film that visits historic barns throughout the state, is nominated for Human Interest – Program/Special and Photographer – Program.

'Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury,' a one-hour film exploring concussions in athletics, is nominated for Director – Post-Production, Documentary – Cultural, and Editor – Program.

All of the nominated programs are available to watch at Winners will be announced Sept. 9 at the Annual Emmy Gala in St. Louis.

The NATAS Mid-America chapter, which includes television markets primarily in Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri, was chartered in 1962 and began honoring outstanding achievement in this region with local Emmy awards in 1976. The organization's mission is to encourage excellence in the television community.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).