BRIC TV, Brooklyn’s Non-Profit Cable Channel and Digital Network, and BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech Public Access Initiative Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in the Television Industry

BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, is pleased to announce that it received two New York Emmy® Awards during the 60th annual ceremony that took place on Saturday, May 6 at the Marriott® Marquis in Times Square, Manhattan. Hundreds of television and media professionals gathered to celebrate as The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts conferred Emmy® Awards for programmatic distinction in various categories among long-standing and prominent outlets such as WNBC-TV, WCBS-TV, Thirteen/WNET and

BRIC TV, the Brooklyn-focused non-profit cable channel and digital network BRIC launched to acclaim last year, won an Emmy® for Holding on to Sea Gate after Hurricane Sandy, produced November 25, 2015 by Charlie Hoxie. The segment—part of BRIC’s #BHeard series, consisting of short documentaries that explore social justice issues through a human lens—takes a close look at coastal communities in Brooklyn and throughout the Tri-state area facing real challenges due to rising sea levels. In this piece within the #BHeard series The Cost of an Urban Climate Crisis, we meet Sal from Sea Gate. A year after hurricane Sandy has ravished his home, Sal is still struggling to rebuild against a backdrop of insurance company red tape. The Series Producer is Megan Donis; Director of Photography Chris Raddatz; Executive Produced by Aziz Isham.

Brooklyn Free Speech, BRIC’s public access initiative, also won an Emmy® in the category of Lifestyle Program: Feature/Segment. Produced by Welly Lai on August 30, 2016. In 5 Boro Taste: World Cuisine in NYC, produced by Welly Lai on August 30, 2016, our many dining experiences are blended into a flavorful metaphor for a city of cultures thriving side by side.

The 2017 Emmy® Awards represent the second time that BRIC is awarded by The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts. BRIC’s original television production team, formerly named Brooklyn Independent Media, won a 2014 New York Emmy® Award for Best Arts Feature/Segment for the segment Neighborhood Beat: Carlos Pinto, produced by Charlie Hoxie with Senior Producer Kuye Youngblood.

Leslie Schultz, President of BRIC, said, “BRIC is committed to telling compelling Brooklyn stories, and to amplifying the voices of those that often remain unheard. We are thankful for these honors and the critical acclaim of our video coverage as exemplified through BRIC TV’s focus on important stories that exist beyond mainstream media and Brooklyn Free Speech TV’s dedication to celebrating creative expression by marginalized populations. We are deeply grateful for these New York Emmy® Awards.”


BRIC TV Won its New York Emmy For:

Category: Environment
Holding on to Sea Gate After Hurricane Sandy
Produced by Charlie Hoxie; Megan Donis, Series Producer; Aziz Isham, Executive Producer
November 25, 2015

Aziz Isham, Executive Producer of BRIC TV, said, “Local journalism has never been more important than it is today — and BRIC TV is proud to be a recognized member of New York City’s thriving media ecosystem. As always, we’re here to represent the artists, activists and community members all around us — from Brooklyn's long-time residents to its most recent immigrants.”


Photo: Alease Annan

Brooklyn Free Speech Won its New York Emmy For:

Category: Lifestyle Program: Feature/Segment
5 Boro Taste: World Cuisine in NYC
Welly Lai; Producer
August 30, 2016

Anthony Riddle, Director of Community Media at BRIC, said, “The most important thing is that we at BRIC respect those who give voice to the dreams of our community. But I have to admit that it is very gratifying to see that media professionals in the media capital of the world have begun to recognize the quality of the work coming out of BRIC’s Community Media programs.”


About BRIC

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. The organization presents and incubates work by artists and media-makers that reflects the diversity of New York. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

BRIC’s main venue, BRIC Arts | Media 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, several path-breaking media initiatives, including BRIC's own award-winning cable and digital network, BRIC TV and the community-produced Brooklyn Free Speech. BRIC also offers a renowned contemporary art exhibition series, 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 BRIC to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.


About the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, founded in 1955, is the preeminent membership organization serving media professionals by offering career enhancing events and networking opportunities. NY NATAS fosters creativity and inspires artistic and technical excellence through the renowned Emmy® Award, the coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction in television. NY NATAS continues to evolve playing a vital role in recognizing outstanding content in our changing industry. As distribution platforms have expanded to include broadband and portable devices NY NATAS honors television the art form regardless of the delivery platform. For more information, please visit