April 20, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Two University of Michigan football videos produced for MGoBlue.com have been nominated for three EMMY Awards by the National Television Academy Michigan Chapter. "This Big House" is nominated for Outstanding Sports/One-Time Special, while "Timeless" is nominated in two Craft Achievement categories: Writer/Short Form and Graphic Arts/Graphics. The 33rd Annual Emmy Awards will be held on Saturday, May 14, at the Motor City Casino Sound Board Theater in Detroit.
Writer/producer Michael O'Leary, sound designer Erik Johnson, narrator Zach McGowan and director of production Barbara Cossman are nominated for "This Big House," which chronicles the events of the 2010 season-opening game against Connecticut on Sept. 4 when Michigan Stadium was formally rededicated after a three-year renovation and expansion project.
The video covers the team every step of the way on the historic day, as it leaves the hotel, rides the buses to the stadium for the Victors Walk, and dramatically awaits its entrance onto the field in the Michigan Stadium tunnel. It also documents the pregame ribbon-cutting ceremony, an inspiring walk to midfield by Brock Mealer, brother of U-M lineman Elliott Mealer, celebratory fireworks, and highlights from the 30-10 victory.
Layering historic video with current video of the renovated stadium, "Timeless" is an homage to the incredible history of the Big House, and many of the famed moments and individuals who have made it what it is today. O'Leary is nominated in the Writer/Short Form category for "Timeless," while animator Heather Baldwin is nominated in the Graphic Arts-Graphics category.
Also nominated in the category of Sporting Event/Game-Live/Unedited-Program/Special was FS Detroit's broadcast of Michigan's world record-setting outdoor ice hockey game, The Big Chill at the Big House (Mark Iacofano, Brian J. Maas, John Tuohey).