Two important feature docs receive Emmy nominations


TWO MORE EMMY NOMINATIONS (apologetically overlooked in last week’s listing in ReelChicago). Feature-length doc “Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County,” that aired on WYCC/20 and that took a year to produce and shoot, was an Emmy nominee in the category of Program / Special / Series.

Nominated were EPs ShauneseTeamer and Mary Pat Daily Cross and producers Judith McCray, Heidi Zersen, Felix Mendez, Eryn Walanka and Jamin Townsley. “Chicago’s True Nature” was the first doc about the 100 year old organization.

Five Emmy nominations went to the doc “Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism”.

Executive producer Carl Anderson had worked closely with John Paul II when he served as a White House official under President Ronald Reagan.

Nominations also went to producers, Justyna Czyszek, Szymon Czyszek, David Naglieri and Michele Nuzzo-Naglieri in the Best Historical Program category; DP George Hosek for Photogrpher-Program; editors Marc Boudignon and Ted Maynard for Editor-Program; Greg Tobler for Audio and graphics designers Robin Hobart, Mark L’Heureux for Program – Graphics / Animation / Art Direction.

A NEW JOB TITLE FOR JEFFREY MORROW a well-known and popular singer and voiceover on commercials. He has joined Fox TV’s hit “Empire” as the series’ first Vocal Producer. As such, he will be responsible for guiding the various artists on the show through their performances.

Morrow was a part of a gospel group on the show that helps Cookie and Luscious Lyon’s son, Jamal (Jussie Smollet), find his musical inspiration after a devastating shooting. He worked on vocal arrangements and appeared briefly on “Empire’s” last season’s finale.

An Adjunct Professor of Voice, at both Columbia and Roosevelt Colleges, Morrow has worked on more than 5,000 TV and radio spots throughout his career and has sung backup for numerous musical legends including Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder and is repped by Innovation Artists, reports Colin Costello.  .

REP ROBIN STEVENS of Robin Stevens Rep and Andrew Swee, EP of bicoastal No Smoke are hosting a screening of director Patrick Creadon’s (“Wordplay”) documentary, “Catholics vs. Convicts” an after-party, Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The feature-length doc examines how the University of Miami Hurricane humiliated Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish in a stinging 68-7 defeat in 1985 and how the Irish became fixated on revenge culminating in the 1988 showdown.

Creadon of No Smoke, whom Stevens has represented in the Midwest for a year for commercial work (Huggies, Fisher Price, Unilever), is a Chicago native and 1989 Notre Dame alum.

He will be in attendance along with doc writer Jerry Barca (author of “Unbeatable”) and NFL players Pat Terrell, whose defensive pass clinched the game, Mark Green, Pat Eilers, Chris Zorich, and Tim Ryan, and 1988 Notre Dame Quarterback Tony Rice.

While the screening is SRO, Stevens says there’s still room at the after party at D4 Irish Pub & Café, 345 E. Grand, where guests can also watch the Cubs-Indians World Series game. RSVP to

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