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Southeastern Channel nominated for four Emmys

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Click on thumbnail for high resolution photoJoe Burns, Chris LeCocq, Josh Kapusinski, Rick Settoon

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EMMY NOMINATIONS – The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University's educational cable access channel on Charter Cable Channel 18, recently received four Emmy Award nominations from the Suncoast Region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Nominees, from left, are communication professor Joe Burns, student editor Christopher LeCoq of Morganza, channel videographer-editor Josh Kapusinski, and Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager and program executive producer.

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational access channel on Charter Cable Channel 18, has been nominated for four regional Emmy Awards.

     The coveted nomination nods have been given to the Fanfare 2007 lecture “Paul is Dead,” presented by communication professor Joe Burns and videotaped and edited by communication major Chris LeCoq of Morganza, and for spots created by channel videographer-editor Josh Kapusinski promoting the channel’s “Northshore Gems” travel show and its recently-redesigned Web site and 24-hour webcast.

     The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences made the nominations from entries submitted by television stations and production companies in the Suncoast Region of Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. Winners will be announced Dec. 6 in Orlando.

     The Southeastern Channel has won four Emmys and collected 18 Emmy nominations in the past four years.

     “Josh Kapusinski, Joe Burns and Chris LeCoq richly deserve this recognition for their talent, creativity and diligence,” said General Manager Rick Settoon. “The nominations reflect not only the Southeastern Channel’s high standard of production quality and excellence, but also the unique level of training for television students offered by our staff and communication department faculty.”

     “Paul is Dead,” part of the channel’s Southeastern Lecture Series, was nominated in the “Informational/Instructional Program” category. In the lecture, Burns describes special clues and myths that made the 1960s rumor of the death of the Beatles’ Paul McCartney so popular.

     “The “Paul is Dead” lecture is such a big hit that we constantly receive new requests to re-air the program,” Settoon said. “Paul is Dead” also won a 2008 International Communicator Award.

     The lecture was videotaped and edited by LeCoq, who has produced commercials and directed the award-winning “Big Game” student sports show for the Southeastern Channel.

     “That a student was nominated for a professional Emmy speaks volumes about Chris’s wonderful talent and work ethic,” said Settoon. “I have no doubt that he will absolutely soar as a professional in the television and video production industry.”

     “I am honored to be nominated for a professional Emmy Award as a student,” LeCoq said. “It proves that with a little dedication and creativity anyone can enter this environment, learn from staff and instructors, and leave Southeastern with the confidence to be a successful television professional.”

     Kapusinski’s promotion for “Northshore Gems” was nominated in the “Promotion-Program-Single Spot/Campaign” category, while his “Surfing the Internet” promo was cited in both the “Promotion-Image-Station” category and “Graphic Arts and Animation” craft category.

     The “Northshore Gems” spot promotes the local travel show with the on-screen technique of flying through travel and tourist destinations on the north shore, using text with travel buzzwords to interact with two-dimensional cutouts of landmarks, people, and animated animals that might represent destinations of future episodes.

     “I tried to keep the elements moving at all times in order to visually stimulate the viewer,” Kapusinski said. “This is a busy spot with lots going on in both the background and foreground. There is always movement somewhere.”

     Kapusinski’s “Surfing the Internet” spot promoting the channel’s webcast has a unique makeup using paper cutouts to create an aquatic rollercoaster for a surfer in search of a wireless Internet connection.

     “I’m never surprised when Josh’s work is nominated for an Emmy,” Settoon said.  “He’s a consummate artist whose graphics, animations and editing consistently push the creative edge at the forefront of industry techniques.”

     “The Emmy is the highest honor you can receive in television. It’s so highly valued and esteemed that to be nominated means you’ve already won,” Settoon added.

     The Southeastern Channel, which has won more than 80 national and international awards in the last five years, airs on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. It can also be viewed online at

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