Candles and Carols, 2003, has been nominated for a Regional Emmy in the Cleveland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. David Armstrong, the operations director of Covenant Productions®, was nominated in the Crafts: Director – Tape/Film category and will be evaluated solely on his directing technique. Don Boggs, the general manager of Covenant Productions®, was nominated in the Entertainment Programs – Specials category and will be judged on the overall quality of the program.
“We are, of course, delighted that we’ve been nominated,” said Boggs. “It’s a great honor for our staff and our students.”
Covenant Productions®, an affiliate of Anderson University, has been nominated for Dove awards and has received several Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum Video awards but has never before been nominated for an Emmy. Unlike the Dove awards, the Emmy is an open, general-market competition. “We’re not being judged on the Christian content,” Boggs said. “We’ll be judged simply for our quality by peers in the industry.”
Eligibility requirements of the Emmy stipulate that if a program can reach 50 percent of homes in the United States, it is eligible for a national Emmy. If it cannot reach 50 percent, even though it is aired nationally, it is eligible for a regional Emmy. “It’s not a difference in quality,” Boggs clarified. “It’s a geographical difference.”
Boggs and Armstrong are both considering traveling to Cleveland on Sep. 18, when the results of the judging will be announced.
“I think it’s particularly exciting that we had a production crew of mostly students for this program,” Boggs added. “An Emmy-nominated program. They’re up against crews of professionals with years of experience and we’re proud of them.”
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.
—Writer Christina Wolfgang is a student assistant in the office of Media and Electronic Communications