Duke Athletics, Arts and University Communications Videos Sweep Emmy Nominations


The red carpet awaits several Duke staff in athletics, communications and the arts as they received Emmy nominations for outstanding video and broadcast work from the Midsouth Regional Emmy Chapter on Monday night.

The videos will compete with regional TV stations, local governments and healthcare institutions, universities and other non-profit organizations creating film and video content for broadcast.

The winners will be announced in February.

Duke Athletics

The Duke men’s basketball creative content team has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. The nominations represent the first two for the Blue Devils’ creative team of David Bradley, Nolan Elingburg and Stephen Ochoa.

In the Sports Story / News Feature category, Duke’s video on the Jones family was nominated. Of the six nominees in this category, five are from news agencies, with Duke the only one from a team or college.

Jones ‘video was produced by Elingburg and detailed Duke Tre and Tyus Jones’ former guards and their mother, Debbie, in her battle with breast cancer.

In the Post-Product Sports Program category, the Blue Devils’ popular Duke Blue Planet series was nominated. Duke Blue Planet has twice won a Sports Video Group (SVG) award for a series of outstanding programs in varsity athletics.

The show, which has been edited and produced over the past two seasons by Ochoa, has averaged nearly 2.7 million views per year and has totaled one million hours of viewing on men’s basketball social accounts of Duke.

University communication

The college’s 2020 vacation video, titled “Merry and Bright,” was nominated in the Promotion category of the program. Filmed while most of the Duke community were working and studying remotely, the vacation video featured a brilliant reminder of the beauty of the campus during the vacation season and ended with a message of gratitude for the community’s work during the pandemic. (See the video above)

Produced by Blyth Morrell, assistant vice president of digital strategy and branding, it was filmed by the digital and brand team at University Communications.

Morrell and Julie Schoonmaker, Deputy Director for Multimedia and Production, were also nominated in the Branded Content category for the Virtual Production of Founders Day 2020. Unable to host the traditional event in person during the pandemic, the team of Digital and Branding Strategy produced a four-minute video honoring the history of the university and the contributions of today’s students, faculty and staff to continuing the legacy of the university’s founders .

Duke Arts

Spring showcases are a highlight for university art departments, so when performances and exhibits had to go live during the pandemic, Duke Arts produced a video that captured the magic of student artists. The video, produced with assistance from Zoning Media and Katy Clune, and directed by Aravind Ragupathi, was nominated in the Arts / Entertainment category.

“This was the first time that all of our academic art departments came together to celebrate student achievement in one showcase event,” said John Brown, vice-president of arts, who envisioned the Duke Arts Student Showcase.

The Midsouth Regional Chapter is one of 19 national chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), which is a professional services organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences in television and promoting creative leadership in artistic, educational and technical achievement within the television industry.


John C. Dent