BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, is pleased to announce that it has received 11 nominations for the 61st Annual New York Emmy® Awards. The nominations include nine for BRIC TV, the Brooklyn-focused nonprofit cable channel and digital network BRIC launched to acclaim in 2015, and two for shows produced through BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech Public Access initiative. 

Leslie Schultz, President of BRIC, said, “Today’s NY Emmy nominations recognize the work of three path-breaking BRIC media initiatives – BRIC TV, BRIC Media Share, and our Documentary Intensive educational initiative. We are grateful for this well-deserved recognition of the work of our remarkable team.”

(See individual Emmy nominated videos below) 

Anthony Riddle, Vice President of Community Media at BRIC, said, “We are always proud of the quality of work coming out of BRIC’s community of producers, and even more so this year with the success of first-time filmmaker Ted Sananman, who began his media journey last year in our Documentary Intensive program. These nominations are a tribute to the vibrancy and creativity of the people of Brooklyn.”

Aziz Isham, Executive Producer of BRIC TV, said, “Huge congratulations to all the filmmakers who were nominated this year – we are experiencing a real rebirth of community media, and these producers are truly part of the vanguard. Local media makes a real difference in people’s lives, and BRIC will continue to champion the cause.”

Category: Arts: Program Feature/Segment
Havana In BK | BK Stories
Produced by America Maldonado; Jonathan Lief, Executive Producer
November 16, 2017

Category: Arts: Program/Special
Brooklyn Slams | Frameworks
Produced by Chris Raddatz; Sachar Mathias, Supervising Producer; Aziz Isham, Executive Producer

Category: Entertainment: Program Feature/Segment
Ghost: Bed-Stuy Veterans and The Evolution Of Bruk Up | BK Stories 
Produced by Jasia Kaulbach; Charlie Hoxie, Senior Producer; Aziz Isham, Executive Producer

Category: Education/Schools: Program/Special
Class Divide Breaking The Pattern Of School Segregation | #BHeard Town Hall 
Produced by Megan Donis; Aziz Isham, Executive Producer; Moderator: Brian Vines, (Senior Correspondent, BRIC TV)
December 1, 2016

Category: Historical/Cultural: News
Muslim Women At Women’s March | #BHeard
Produced by Shirin Barghi, Megan Donis; Aziz Isham, Executive Producer
January 26, 2017

Category: Historical/Cultural: Program Feature/Segment
Holocaust Survivor | BK Stories
Produced by Ro Johnson; Jonathan Lief, Executive Producer
April 7, 2017

Category: Societal Concerns: Program Feature/Segment
Where Truth Lies Public Trust In The Media | #BHeard
Produced by Sriyanka Ray; Chris Raddatz, Co-Producer; Megan Donis and Aziz Isham, Executive Producers
April 28, 2017

Category: Societal Concerns: Program Feature/Segment
A Cop Watcher's Tale: El Grito de Sunset Park Attempts to Deter Police Brutality | BK Stories
Produced by Steve de Sève; Aziz Isham, Executive Producer
May 18, 2017

Category: Technology
Aaron Comes To Grips With Virtual Reality | The Discomfort Zone
Produced by Daniel Cangelosi; Aaron Watkins, Correspondent; Sachar Mathias, Supervising Producer; Kuye Youngblood and Jonathan Lief, Executive Producers
March 31, 2017


Category: Human Interest: Program Feature/Segment
BRIC Media Share: Turning Point Brooklyn, The Johnny Effect
Produced by Andrew Filippone, Jr.; Rose M. Crichton and Julie Slotnik Sturm, Executive Producers
May 10, 2017

Category: Sports: Feature/Segment
BRIC Documentary Intensive: Ashley Ashley
Ted Sananman, Filmmaker
May 25, 2017


About BRIC

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year. 

Our main venue, BRIC House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.

Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, a renowned contemporary art exhibition series, and two distinct media initiatives: Brooklyn Free Speech, Brooklyn's Public Access initiative, and BRIC TV, a nonprofit community TV channel and digital network. BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.

BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables us to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.

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