Monday, June 19, 2006

Ann Arbor-based Metrocom International Wins five regional EMMY awards at 2006 ceremony

ANN ARBOR, MI- At the annual gala of the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), held Saturday, June 17 in Novi, Metrocom International won five EMMYs of a record thirteen nominations.  Founder and director/producer Christopher Cook won two EMMYs for Birth of a Playwright: Arthur Miller at Michigan, developed for UM TV2 and focusing on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Miller as he refined his skill at the University of Michigan.  The program won for Historic/Cultural Program Feature/Segment as well as Nostalgia Program Feature/Segment.  Also produced for UM TV2, The Last Mile: Polio, Salk & Tommy Francis, featuring epidemiologist Francis’ development of the polio vaccine and the subsequent 1955 announcement of its clinical success, won an EMMY in the category of Health/Science Program Feature/Segment.

Metrocom International won two additional EMMYs for programs produced for WKAR-TV23.  The Great Experiment: MSU, The Pioneer Land-Grant University, examining the beginnings of MSU and its ground-breaking Land-Grant system, won Metrocom International producers Christopher Cook and Barbara Lucas an EMMY for Specialty Assignment Report Program/Special.  Additionally, the acclaimed Michigan at Risk series, which airs statewide on Michigan PBS stations, was nominated for seven EMMYs and won for Public/Current/Community Affairs Program/Special.  This award-winning series examines regional political and social issues, and has been written and produced by Christopher Cook of Metrocom International since 1999.

Metrocom International’s five 2006 regional EMMYs result in a total of nine regional EMMYs earned by the production company.  Founder Christopher Cook previously won four regional EMMYs in 1998, 2000, and 2001.

CONTACT:  Christopher Cook, President, Metrocom International, 734.327.1910

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