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AETN original productions win Emmy awards

Posted 20 Sep 2017

Two original productions of the Arkansas Educational Television Network received Emmy awards during the 2017 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

"Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury," a one-hour film exploring concussions in athletics, received the award for Best Director - Post-Production.

"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, received the award for Best Editor - Program.

"When AETN says we deliver award-winning productions, we mean it," AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger said. "Winning these regional Emmy awards for two of our original productions reaffirms not only our position as Arkansas's home for quality, educational programming, but our ambition to tell stories that represent the people of Arkansas.

"I am incredibly proud of everyone for their hard work and dedication to our local programs."

Both "Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury" and "Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street" - along with additional photos, behind-the-scenes clips, downloadable information for educators and other materials - may be viewed online at and, respectively.

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. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. 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).