NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Ca.– Westminster’s Joe Ligo received an Emmy from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday for his Broadcast Communications capstone project, The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer.
Ligo’s documentary was one of three programs in the category to receive awards in a awards gala that featured a red carpet complete with TV stars and celebrity presenters including Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Key & Peele), Scott Wolf, Max Greenfield (New Girl), Darby Stanchfield (Scandal), Nick Wechsler (Revenge) and Matt Bomer (White Collar).
The College Emmy showcase revealed the ranking of each nominee in each category. The first-place winners walked to the stage and delivered 30 second thank you speeches. Ligo’s documentary placed third.
The College Television Awards are comparable to Primetime Emmy® Awards for students creating content for television, film and alternative platforms. However, the student entries went through a rigorous blue-ribbon reviewing process by judges. An invited group of Academy member from various categories judged the student entries and selected the top three for the Emmy honors.
College Emmy organizers stressed all nominees receive the same Emmy trophy and are declared Emmy winners. Ligo did offer an on-camera thank you speech to WCN following the ceremonies.
“I thank the Television Academy Foundation and Westminster College and all the great people there who helped me along the way,” said Ligo. “My professors, advisors and consultants helped me so much. Then of course I thank my parents who gave me time away from the farm to work on this project, and I thank God.”
“Joe’s documentary is amazing and his budget was just pennies compared to some of the productions that had tens of thousands of dollars,” said Bradley Weaver, Westminster College Broadcast and Communications Lecturer.
Weaver attended the Emmy celebration at the Academy’s campus in North Hollywood as Ligo’s invited guest.
“The Emmys honor the best of the best. These students are some of the brightest and most talented young media producers in the world. For the Academy to single out Joe and his project on this international stage says so much about his work and talent and about Westminster College. It was also extremely cool to see the Westminster College logo featured at the gala for the world to see.”
The Academy Foundation covered the travel and accommodation expenses for all the students attending. In addition to the glamour, trophies and prestige of an Emmy showcase and dinner, the students met Hollywood directors and producers during special networking sessions and workshops.
The College Television Awards honors student work in 13 categories including: Alternative, Animation, Children’s, Comedy, Commercials, Documentary, Drama, Magazine, Music Composition, Music Use, Newscast and Series.