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BRIC receives 13 NY Emmy Award nominations

Nominations Include Nine for BRIC TV, Brooklyn’s New Nonprofit Cable Channel and Digital Network

February 10, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
BRIC, which has been nominated for 13 New York Emmy Awards, is dedicated to sharing local stories. Eagle photo by Cody Brooks
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BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, announced on Wednesday that it has received 13 nominations for New York Emmy Awards. The nominations include nine for BRIC TV, the Brooklyn-focused nonprofit cable channel and digital network BRIC launched last year, and four for shows produced through BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech initiative. BRIC is the 12th most nominated organization, tied with WCBS and WABC. The awards ceremony will take place March 19 at the Marriott Marquis.

“BRIC is deeply honored by this recognition of our BRIC TV and Brooklyn Free Speech TV initiatives,” said Leslie Schultz, president of BRIC. “New York’s media sector produces an abundant volume of extraordinary video work, and we are so pleased that our contribution to this body of work, exclusively focused on all things Brooklyn, is increasingly recognized as being among the best.”

The New York Emmy nominations are the latest chapter in the success story of BRIC TV. From its state-of-the-art, glass-walled studio at the BRIC House arts-and-media complex in Downtown Brooklyn, BRIC TV, formerly known as Brooklyn Independent Media, won its first NY Emmy in 2012 and shares Brooklyn stories and covers issues affecting the borough with a new lineup of local and hyper-local scripted series, news and documentary programming.

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“BRIC TV is being reimagined. We capture engaging and emotional stories with a mission to showcase culture and celebrate the diversity that surrounds us,” said Aziz Isham, executive producer of BRIC TV. “We launched with an ambitious and purposeful line-up and are honored to receive an NY Emmy nod.”

Anthony Riddle, director of Community Media at BRIC, said, “Public Access television supports just that — the community’s voice through media. From nonprofit partners seeking to spread their mission to young teens who have an important perspective to share, Brooklyn Free Speech is where you can find the raw and authentic voices of Brooklyn. These nominations validate the importance of free speech.”

Among the nominated BRIC TV shows are:

“Antonio M. Rosario Photographer,” April 29, 2015
Produced by Justin Bryant, Executive Producer Aziz Isham
Nominated in the Arts: News category

“BK by Andre,” May 5, 2015
Produced by Brendan Smith, Executive Producer Aziz Isham
Nominated in the Arts: Program Feature/Segment category

“The Nervous 1&2,” July 20, 2015
Produced by Chris Raddatz, Executive Producer Aziz Isham
Nominated in the Arts: Program/Special category

“Brooklyn Sings!,” April 7, 2015
Produced by Nerina Penzhorn, Executive Producer Jonathan Lief
Nominated in the Teen: Program/Special category

“B.O.M.B.,” May 5, 2015
Edited by Chris Raddatz, produced by Jess Van Garsse, Executive Producer Aziz Isham
Nominated in the Human Interest: Program Feature/Segment category

“Shuleem Deen,” July 14, 2015
Produced by Sriyanka Ray and Raquel Salazar-Foster, Supervising Producer Megan Donis
Nominated in the Religion: News/Feature category

“Bike Thief,” May 17, 2015
Produced by Brian Vines, Executive Producer Aziz Isham
Nominated in the Societal Concerns: Program Feature/Segment category

“Straight Up: Journalists Covering Race,” May 19, 2015
Produced by Megan Donis and Gamaliel Ramos, Associate Producer Sriyanka Ray, Executive Producer Aziz Isham
Nominated in the Interview/Discussion category

Among the nominated Brooklyn Free Speech shows are:

Imagination Is Creation,” Dec. 3, 2014
Produced by Kiritin Beyer
Nominated in Arts: Program/Special category

“Concrete Stories: Work Hard, June 13, 2015
Produced by BRIC Youth Media Festival Executive Producers J. Marcelle Lasley, Raymond Thomas and Exposure Edutainment Network
Nominated in Children/Youth category

“Concrete Stories: Killing it with Kindness,” June 13, 2015
Produced by BRIC Youth Media Festival Executive Producers Gage Cass Woodle and Don Klein
Nominated in Teen: Program/Special

“BRIC Media Share: ECPAT-USA, Does Your Hotel Know,” April 27, 2015
Produced by BRIC Media Share Producer Liam Billingham
Nominated in Community/Public Service category


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