Covenant Productions® was awarded a regional Emmy in the Cleveland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Candles and Carols, 2003. The award was won by David Armstrong, the operations director of Covenant Productions®, who was nominated in the Crafts: Director – Tape/Film category. The awards ceremony was conducted on September 18, in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Don Boggs, the general manager of Covenant Productions®, was also nominated in the Entertainment Programs – Specials category.
“We are very delighted that David has won this prestigious award for his work at Covenant Productions,” said Boggs. “It’s a great statement about the quality of his work and the high caliber of 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 were not judged on the Christian content,” Boggs said. “We’ll were 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.”
“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 were competing against crews of professionals with years of experience and we’re proud of them.”
For many, Candles and Carols marks the beginning of the Christmas season on the Anderson University campus. As a tradition that began 40 years ago, the concert continues to present attendees with a time of community fellowship and the experience of quality music from the Department of Music’s choirs and instrumental ensembles.
Although “Candles and Carols” began as an intimate Christmas gathering for Anderson community members, it has grown to include faithful viewers from across the country. Beginning in the late 80s, “Candles and Carols” was broadcast to the public through PBS stations and affiliates. The number of stations has grown from 3 to more than 100.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 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.