May 15, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- "Timeless," a historical video tribute to Michigan Stadium produced for MGoBlue.com, and the FS Detroit broadcast of U-M's The Big Chill at the Big House combined to win three Emmy Awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Saturday evening (May 14) at MotorCity Casino Soundboard Theater in Detroit.
Writer/producer Michael O'Leary and animator Heather Baldwin won Emmy Awards for their work on "Timeless" in the respective categories of Writer/Short Form and Graphic Arts-Graphics. Layering historic video with current-day video of the newly expanded and renovated stadium, "Timeless" incorporates many of the moments and individuals who have helped build the tradition, mystique and passion that surround the Big House. O'Leary has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and has won five, two of which have been in the writing category.
"I'm thrilled to win a Writing Emmy for Timeless," O'Leary said. "It's been a dream of mine to win an Emmy for my alma mater. All Michigan alumni and fans have a very special connection to the university. I was fortunate to get the opportunity to tell two great stories about the Wolverines in a style which, as a fan, I could enjoy watching."
This is Baldwin's second Emmy Award and she has three College Sports Media Award nominations and one win.
"Heather has always had a talent for sophisticated layering of graphical elements and live video," said O'Leary. "In 'Timeless,' she demonstrated her ability to take a very difficult graphical process and make it look simple and subtle."
The FS Detroit broadcast of U-M's world record-setting outdoor ice hockey game at Michigan Stadium last December won the Emmy for Sporting Event/Game-Live/Unedited-Program/Special (Mark Iacofano, Brian J. Maas, John Tuohey). The Wolverines shut out in-state rival Michigan State, 5-0, before a crowd of 113,411.
"This Big House" and writer/producer O'Leary, director of production Barbara Cossman, sound designer Erik Johnson and narrator Zach McGowan were also nominated for Outstanding Sports/One-Time Special. The MGoBlue.com video chronicled the events of the Michigan Stadium rededication last September. The Detroit Free Press won the Emmy in this category for "Ernie Harwell, Our Voice of Summer."