Nominations announced for Chicago/Midwest Emmy awards

The 2016 Chicago/Midwest regional Emmy nominations were announced this week simultaneously in Chicago and Milwaukee this week – more than 200 recognitions in 41 categories of broadcast programming.

Winners will be announced at the 58th annual Emmy Awards ceremony Dec. 3 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan.

Highland Park-based Bitter Jester Creative garnered six Crafts Achievement Off-Air category nods; October Productions scored three. On the broadcast side, Fox overwhelmed with a record 27 nominations.

Here are the Chicago area nominees cited for their great work this year in non on-air categories:

Commercials — Campaign (award to producer): ”Chicago Epic Commercial Series.” Brian Schodorf, EP; Mimi de Castro, Christopher DeWinter, producers. Client, Choose Chicago via FCB Chicago and October Production.

Rockford IceHogs 2015-2016 Season Campaign: Christopher L. Toltzman, Producer. seven11 Productions.

Graphic Arts/Animation/Art Direction/Set Design: “The Parking Spot Holiday,” October Production + Post and The Andy Nebel Company.

“Chicago Cubs’ New Videoboard,” Banner Collective: Aaron Asbury, Mike Fernandez, Patrick Joliat Dahl, Thomas Jurgensen, Dave Knickerbockere, Alison Miller, Jim Oboikowitch and Matt Romito.

Off-Air – Audio: “See It. Hear It. Feel It,” Chicago Blackhawks. Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Dan Gutschmidt, Michael Horn and Justin Schoenrock.

Off-Air – Lighting: “2015 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival” and “2015 Emmy Awards Telecast,” Dan Krygowski, David Moravec, Kinzie Street Studios/Absolute Production Services/WLS.

Off-Air – Directing: “Feast,” Daniel Andries, WTTW/Albany Park Theatre Project/Cutters Studio.

Brian Schodorf, “Chicago Epic,” Choose Chicago.

Nicolas DeGrazia, “Cal’s Angels: Granting Wishes for Kids Fighting Cancer,” Bitter Jester Creative.

Program – Non-News: “Chicago’s Best,” Mike Janowski, Oak Brook Productions/Jaz & Company Electronic Post.

“Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineers: A Different Way of Thinking,” Colin Carter, Brooks Ruyle, Mode Project.

“Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan,” Brian Kallies, Brian Kallies Productions.

Off-Air – Editor, Promotions/PSAs/Commercials: “McCaffery Interest: Urban Life, Created.” Daniel Kullman, Ross Gerbasi, Tracy Mailloux, Bitter Jester Creative.

“Calvin Conway “Dark Horse Deluxe,” Patrick Lerwtschanyn, Loose Cannon Films.

“See It Hear It, Feel It. Chicago Blackhawks.” Justin Schoenrock, Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

“Chicago Epic, Choose Chicago.” Chris DeWinter, Ashley Nath, Chris Palese, October Productions =.

Photographer – Program, Non-News: “Calvin Conway “Dark Horse Deluxe,” Patrick Lerwtschanyn, Loose Cannon Films.

“Chicago Epic, Choose Chicago.” Mark Berry, Patrick Lewtschanyn, Jamieson Mulholland, October Productions.

Writer – Program, Non-News: “Standing on Common Ground: Ten Years Later,” Barbara E. Allen, Evan Allen-Gessesse, Gail F. Baker, Middle Passage Productions, Inc.

“Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan,” Brian Kallies, Brian Kallies Productions.

Comedian Pat McGann will host the Dec. 3 Emmy Awards night. Registration and Red Carpet walk 4 p.m. Open bar, 4:30-5:30 p.m. dinner, 5:30 p.m., scholarships and Student Award Winners, 6:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $155 early bird for NATAS members, $175 non-members and may be purchased here.

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