During the runup to the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, the College was excited to boast about five alumni who were nominated for Emmys. The five nominees represent a spectrum of roles and genres in primetime television. Kelsey Scott was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her performance as Sierra on Fear the Walking Dead. Miles Kahn (’97), a writer and executive producer on the TBS late-night news magazine Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, received four of the show’s eight nominations. Ruth Hernandez (’98) was nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special for her ADR editing on the critically acclaimed miniseries The Night Of. Rob Butler (’97) was nominated for Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program for his work as supervising editor on the reality show Deadliest Catch. This was his fourth nomination for editing that show, and he won Emmys in 2013 and 2014. Shaughnessy Hare (’00) was nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for the Starz pirate show Black Sails.
These five were the alumni nominated for Primetime Emmys this year. But there were also countless nominated shows that alums have worked on in roles that weren’t directly recognized, but which added to the success of the creative works. Alumni have contributed to such Emmy nominees as Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Stranger Things, American Ninja Warrior, Veep and This Is Us, to name a few.
As excited as the nominations were, we were even more thrilled when Ruth Hernandez and Miles Kahn each won an Emmy in their respective categories. Congratulations to all of our alumni nominees, and to all of our alumni who worked on Emmy winning shows!