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EMMY 2005 ~ NYC Mayor?s Office Honors NY-Based Soaps

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NYC Hosts Reception in Honor of 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards & "Made In NY" Honorees Open NASDAQ

May 20, 2005, NYC.  Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, presided over the opening bell at NASDAQ this morning to celebrate the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Commissioner Oliver was joined by this year’s recipients of the “Made in NY” award for their contributions to New York City’s daytime television community: Susan Lucci, who has been shooting All My Children in New York City for 35 years, Twila Liggett, creator/executive producer of the New York-based television show Reading Rainbow, Judge Glenda Hatchett of the courtroom television show Judge Hatchett, and Geraldine Laybourne, chairman/CEO of New York-based Oxygen media. Gary Knell, CEO of Sesame Street, which shoots in New York City and won its 100th Emmy this past weekend, represented the National Television Academy.

The “Made in NY” awards were presented Thursday evening, when New York City hosted a celebration at Gracie Mansion in honor of the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The annual reception recognizes excellence within New York City’s daytime television community. Commissioner Oliver was joined at the reception by Peter Price, President of the National Television Academy.

“New York City’s production industry employs 100,000 New Yorkers and generates $5 billion for our economy on an annual basis, and television represents the lion's share of production spending,” Commissioner Oliver said. “New York City is the most exciting place  to produce a television show, and the incredible number of Emmy nominations New York-based shows have received is a testament to our leadership in the daytime television industry."  

This year, New York-based television shows received 110 nominations in 89 percent of the award categories for the Daytime Emmy Awards. The New York City shows nominated include: All My Children, As the World Turns, Blue’s Clues, Boy Meets Grill, Dora the Explorer, The Essence of Emeril, Guiding Light, The Jane Pauley Show, Life & Style, Live with Regis and Kelly, Martha Stewart Living, One Life to Live, Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, The Tony Danza Show, The View, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 9/11 Memorial from Ground Zero and the 78th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The City is home to more than 100 television shows. Each year, the Daytime Emmy Awards contribute more than $15 million to New York City's economy.

“It is an honor for the Academy to be so well-supported by the City of New York,” said Peter Price, President of the National Television Academy. “This support helps the Academy thrive and continue to produce quality television events in New York.”

During the celebration Commissioner Oliver presented four “Made in NY” awards to members of the daytime television community whose significant contributions to the industry in New York City merit the “Made in NY” mark of distinction. The "Made in NY" logo runs in the end credits of film and television productions which do 75 percent or more of their shooting in the City. The honorees include:

Judge Glenda Hatchett: This September, Judge Hatchett celebrated her fifth anniversary of shooting Judge Hatchett in New York City. Famous for her “creative sentencing,” involving the connection of troubled youth with executives and community leaders who can provide them with insight and inspiration, over the past five years she has made positive contributions not only to the industry, but also to her community.

Geraldine Laybourne: Oxygen Media, the only woman-owned and operated cable network, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Geraldine Laybourne is the founder and CEO of the network, which is headquartered in New York City and available in over 53 million cable households. Prior to Oxygen, Ms. Laybourne managed the Nickelodeon network, where she built Nickelodeon into the top rated 24 hour cable programming service and launched the primetime lineup of retro sitcoms Nick At Nite. Before this she served as President of Disney/ABC Networks from 1996-1998.

Dr. Twila Liggett: A pioneer in children’s programming, Dr. Twila Liggett is the creator and executive producer of the PBS series Reading Rainbow, which has been shooting in New York City since 1983.  The television show, which features a different children's book in each episode, is an example of how outstanding children’s programming can be both entertaining and educational. Under Dr. Liggett's leadership, Reading Rainbow has won over 160 awards -  and nominations in six categories for this year’s Daytime Emmys.  The show received awards for Outstanding Children's Series, Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series, Single Camera Photography and Single Camera Editing at the Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Awards on May 14. 

Susan Lucci:  Susan Lucci has been shooting All My Children in New York City for 35 years. In 1999, she received an Emmy award for best actress for her performances as Erica Kane on the hit show. This year, All My Children racked up 18 Emmy nominations – more than any other show  - and received four awards at the Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Awards on May 14. Off screen, Susan Lucci has also had a successful career in theatre and cabaret. 

The honorees received awards in the shape of the "Made in NY" logo, designed and produced by Geoff Reinhard and Wendy Wen at @radical.media and sculpted by Tim Kohchi.

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented by the National Television Academy on Friday, May 20 at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast on the CBS Television Network beginning at 9:00 pm.

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