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n-emmy-kazurinsky1109xxok.jpgThis will serve as a final report on the 51st annual Emmy Awards ceremony for the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Over 425 nominees and broadcast professionals attended the event Nov. 7, at Park West. Second City improv alum Tim Kazurinsky hosted the evening.

A total 67 Emmys went to Chicago area broadcast outlets and other area companies and organizations. Wisconsin stations and production companies won another nine Emmys. There were more than 640 entries in the 2009 Chicago/Midwest competition.

Scholarships of $4,000 each were awarded to three deserving students. The Ephraim Family Scholarship went to Logan Groover of Northwestern University. The Tom Skilling Scholarship was given to Rosanna Laporta of Columbia College and the Sharon A. Palermo Scholarship to Soo Jin Kim of Columbia College.

The evening's co-chairs were Adam Marton and David Ratzlaff. For a complete list of Emmy recipients, please visit

Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 may have a long way to go to declare itself a success in the local television news ratings race, but it certainly did okay at the 51st annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards show last Saturday at Park West. More than okay, actually.

Now headed by General Manager Michael Renda, WFLD won 10 Emmys, more than any other TV station in the regional competition. WFLD was honored with two Emmys for two investigative reports titled "Murder or Suicide?" and "Property Taxes" and another Emmy for an investigative series titled "Contingency Fund." The station also got nods for two hard news single features titled "Cop Killer Coverup?" and "Stop the Presses?" WFLD's other wins included Emmys for a medical specialty report, a hard news feature series and a politics/government specialty report.

Local TV insiders who have followed the Emmys for years says those stations that submit the largest number of entries often wind up with the most Emmys. WFLD, it could be said, is an avid participant in the Emmy competition. ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, by far the dominant outlet in the local TV news ratings competition, does submit entries for Emmy consideration, but not so aggressively as some other stations.

Smithe Babies 3.jpgGood news for some in the ad world at the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards ceremony last Saturday at the Park West. Lou Beres & Associates/Chicago won a Emmy Award in the public service campaign category for its "Click It or Ticket" campaign for the Illinois Department of Transportation's traffic safety division. The campaign was designed to break through to an audience of offenders (primarily young adults) and remind them that cops are there watching, even at night. "The idea was to portray cops and enforcement in a friendly manner that underscores their dedication to a motorist's safety," explained Lou Beres & Associates Chief Creative Officer Andy Madorsky.

And the Walter E. Smithe furniture company and its marketing titan Tim Smithe picked up the Chicago/Midwest Emmy for best TV commercial for a spot that had all three Smithe brothers sitting in baby high chairs. The winning commercial is but one in a long line of outrageously creative spots produced by the Smithe company. In his acceptance speech, Tim Smithe thanked commercial director Bill O'Neil for "making TV magic." Smithe also quoted the character Donald Draper from the "Mad Men" TV series in pointing out that "advertising is distilling a company's communication down to its essence."



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