BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, is pleased to announce that its two community media initiatives—BRIC TV and Brooklyn Free Speech—won five New York Emmy® Awards at the 61st Annual New York Emmy® Awards on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The wins include four for BRIC TV, Brooklyn’s premier nonprofit video producer of local news and social justice reporting featuring content produced by BRIC and one for Brooklyn Free Speech, a community-driven nonprofit TV and podcast network featuring content produced by the Brooklyn community.

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 this well-deserved recognition of our three path-breaking BRIC media initiatives – BRIC TV, BRIC Media Share, and Brooklyn Free Speech.”

(Watch our five New York Emmy winning videos below) 

Anthony Riddle, Vice President of Community Media at BRIC, said, “I am stunned, but not surprised.  I’m just glad that the community of producers of Public Access programs are finally being recognized as being as talented as anyone, anywhere.”

Pictured: The very happy and overjoyed BRIC TV and Brooklyn Free Speech teams at the New York Marriott Marquis for the 61st Annual New York Emmy® Awards on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

The BRIC TV and Brooklyn Free Speech teams sat at Table 31. Special Table. Special Night. Go Table 31! Taken at the 61st Annual New York Emmy® Awards on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Photo: Ted Sananman

Aziz Isham, Executive Producer of BRIC TV, said, “BRIC continues to break new ground and show what Community Media is capable of… Local journalism is alive and well in Brooklyn!”

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); Ro Johnson, Co-Producer; Natasha Gaspard, Co-Producer; Chris Raddatz, Director of Photography; Clinton Philson, Jr., Director
December 1, 2016

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; Jonathan Lief, Executive Producer
May 18, 2017


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