Southeastern Channel student program wins an Emmy
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A Southeastern Channel student documentary production recently won an Emmy at the 2011 Suncoast Region Emmy Awards gala in Miami. The student documentary “Glazed: The University Donuts Story” was the only Emmy winner selected out of 12 college nominees. Pictured from left are student producers Stephen Pfeil of Hammond and Calvin Nix of Baton Rouge and Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon.
HAMMOND – A student-produced program for Southeastern Louisiana University’s television station was recognized with a coveted Emmy Award at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast regional gala in Miami.
“Glazed: The University Donuts Story,” produced by students Stephen Pfeil of Hammond and Calvin Nix of Baton Rouge, won the Emmy in the Student Productions: Non-News category.
A documentary about the origin and operation of Hammond’s University Donuts shop and the donut industry in general, “Glazed” features original footage of the shop’s operations that start at 2 a.m. each morning. The program also includes humorous archival clips about donuts from old commercials and “The Simpsons,” along with statistics about the world popularity of donuts.
Pfeil, a former University Donuts employee, not only wrote, directed and videotaped the project, he also edited the production and created screen graphics.
“It is a great honor to have been awarded a student Emmy,” Pfeil said. “It’s a form of professional vindication for my work, showing me that I could make a living in the industry.
“The documentary has a human-interest side,” he added. “and the appeal is not just about donuts. But who doesn’t like donuts, right?”
Nix co-produced “Glazed,” handling scheduling of location shots and conducting the on-camera interviews. He also assisted in the editing process.
“The moment they called ‘Glazed’ all I could do is jump up with excitement and a heart of gratefulness,” Nix said. “Winning a student Emmy demonstrates how hard work and sacrifice can result in high recognition. This Emmy gives me hope and lets me know that I can achieve whatever I desire.”
The Southeastern Channel program was the only university production to win an Emmy out of 12 college nominees, including seven from the Southeastern Channel. Competition included all university television stations and production entities in the Suncoast Region of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico. Other 2011 student nominees included the University of Florida and the University of Miami.
“Glazed” was the first college production to win a student Emmy since the Southeastern Channel last won in 2005 for the documentary short “For the Love of the Game” about former Southeastern baseball coach John Stephenson.
NATAS awards Emmys to those productions achieving excellence in television at the highest level. Winners are selected after rounds of judging against the Emmy standard of excellence, not against other productions. Categories with nominees often have no winner.
It marks the seventh Emmy overall won by the Southeastern Channel in the past seven years. The channel has received 29 Emmy nominations during that time.
“It’s a tremendous honor for our students to win an Emmy, as it’s the highest honor given in television,” said Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “Stephen and Calvin are most deserving of this Emmy recognition. They’re talented and worked hard to produce a very creative, informative and entertaining documentary.”