MontanaPBS Garners 13 Regional Emmy Nominations

April 12, 2016

MISSOULA – The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced nominations for this year’s Emmys, and MontanaPBS has earned 13 nominations for its outstanding programming over the past year. 

The nominations span nine different categories including documentary, writing, photography, audio and editing.

One program, “Finding Traction,” received six nominations. “Finding Traction” follows Montana ultra-runner Nikki Kimball as she attempts a grueling 273-mile race across the nation’s longest hiking trail.

Producer John Twiggs received two nominations for the program “Concussion: Answers in the Blood?” The documentary follows two University of Montana scientists who received funding from General Electric and the National Football League for their novel research on concussions. Twiggs also received a nomination for a segment he produced for “Backroads of Montana” featuring a centenarian bugler.

“Bard in the Backcountry,” a film that chronicles a summer season of Shakespeare in the Parks in Montana, and “11th & Grant with Eric Funk,” a show that gives local musicians a chance to showcase their talent to a statewide audience, each received two nominations.

The winners will be announced in June in Seattle. 

A full list of the MontanaPBS nominees and the categories follows:

  • Arts/Entertainment – Feature/Segment

“Backroads of Montana,” featuring centenarian bugler Ray Zell. John Twiggs, producer.

  • Arts/Entertainment – Program/Special

“11th & Grant with Eric Funk featuring Angella Ahn & Friends.” Scott Sterling, director; Aaron Pruitt, executive producer; Paul Gomez Routhier, producer; Eric Funk, artistic director; and Jeremiah Slovarp, audio director.

  • Documentary – Cultural

“Bard in the Backcountry.” Cindy Stillwell, director; Tom Watson, director; Aaron Pruitt, executive producer; Chris Seifert, executive producer.

  • Documentary – Topical

“Concussion: Answers in the Blood?” John Twiggs, producer.

“Finding Traction.” Jaime Jelenchick Jacobsen, director; Aaron Pruitt, executive producer; Charles Dye, director; Rick Smith, director of photography; Daniel Schmidt, director of photography.

  • Director –Post Production

“Finding Traction.” Jaime Jelenchick Jacobsen.

  • Writer – Program

“Finding Traction.” Jaime Jelenchick Jacobsen, writer; Stefanie Watkins, writer.

  • Photographer – Program

“Finding Traction.” Daniel Schmidt; Rick Smith.

  • Editor – Program

“Finding Traction.” Stefanie Watkins.

“Concussion: Answers in the Blood?” John Twiggs.

  • Audio

“Finding Traction.” Jeremiah Slovarp.

“Bard in the Backcountry.” Original music, Ian Hatton, composer.

“11th & Grant with Eric Funk featuring Angella Ahn & Friends.” Jeremiah Slovarp, audio director.

MontanaPBS is composed of KUFM-TV Missoula and KUSM-TV Bozeman, each a noncommercial educational licensee of UM and Montana State University, respectively.

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Contact: Aaron Pruitt, MontanaPBS content director, 406-994-5021, aaron_pruitt@montanapbs.org; John Twiggs, MontanaPBS producer, 406-243-4565, john.twiggs@umontana.edu.