First Nontraditional-Platform Emmy Nominees Announced

Apr 10, 2006  •  Post A Comment

A cellphone-only spinoff of “24,” an animated blog inspired by Jerry Zucker and an AOL webcast of “Live 8” are among the nominees for the first Emmy Award that will be given to entertainment programming created for nontraditional viewing platforms, including computers and iPods. Created by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the new Emmy will be presented at the 33rd Annual Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards, hosted by Meredith Vieira on April 22 at the Marriott Marquis in New York.

The nominees are:

  • “24: Conspiracy,”a live-action drama with weekly mobisodes about elite agents working for the counterterrorism unit. Produced by Fox Mobile Entertainment.

  • “It’s JerryTime!,” a Web site featuring short films written and scored by Mr. Zucker and animated by his brother Orrin. Produced by Ozone Inc.

  • “Live 8 on AOL,” a Webcast that allowed users to switch from one concert site to another during coverage of the 2005 event designed to raise awareness of poverty. Produced by America Online.

  • “mtvU Stand In,”, a series on pop icons who lecture to college-level classes. Produced by MTV Networks’ mtvU.

  • “Sophie Chase,” starring Kate Clarke and directed by Chuck Bowman, whose credits include “The A-Team,” “MacGyver” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” Produced by CB Films.

  • “Stranger Adventures: Helen Beaumont,” an interactive, brain-teasing adventure that intertwines live-action video footage and text mail. Produced by Riddle Productions.

    “The response to this new Emmy Award has been phenomenal,” said Peter Price, president and CEO of NATAS. “In a little more than two months’ time from our call for entries to the deadline, 74 entries were submitted. These represent a broad cross-section of what is being done in the broadband arena, and the six nominees display outstanding use of the media, including multiple feeds, interactivity and cross-media approaches as well as entertaining video content.”

    A new Emmy Award for broadband will also be presented at the 27th annual Sports Emmy Awards on May 1. Later this year, broadband awards will be given during the News & Documentary, Business & Financial Reporting and Community and Public Service Emmy Awards ceremonies.