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WVIA's Ben Payavis II Wins a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Best Director
(2013-09-10)
Ben Payavis II, vice-president of WVIA Production & VIA Studios Global, a division of WVIA Public Media won an Emmy® Award, during the 31st annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards Ceremony for his work on the WVIA original presentation, “Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming.”
(wvia) - On Saturday, Sept. 7, Ben Payavis II, vice-president of WVIA Production & VIA Studios Global, a division of WVIA Public Media won an Emmy Award during the 31st annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in Philadelphia, PA. Ben won the Emmy Award in the Best Director - Live or Live-To-Tape category for the WVIA original presentation, "Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming," which premiered January 26, 2013 on WVIA-TV.

"Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming," was recorded live in high definition and in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound at the 1,200 seat Weis Center for the Performing Arts, an architecturally striking and acoustically exceptional performance hall on the campus of Bucknell University in historic Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The special offers a unique blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing starring one of the world's finest Irish music ensembles. Joanie Madden, a champion flute and whistle player and Grammy Award winner joined forces with the fabulous musicianship of Cherish the Ladies and Grammy nominated legendary vocalist Maura O'Connell. "Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming" was produced in a partnership between Via Studios Global, a division of WVIA Public Media, Cherish the Ladies and Bucknell University and distributed by American Public Television (APT).

WVIA was also nominated in the Human Interest Program/Special category for an episode of its long-running program State of Pennsylvania titled "Armed Guards In NEPA's Schools?"

"The recognition of Ben's talent by his peers is a true testament of the creativity and professionalism he and his team bring to VIA Studios Global, the production division of WVIA." Tom Curra, President, CEO & Executive Producer at WVIA Public Media, said. "WVIA is proud to have Ben leading our efforts to produce the best entertaining pledge programming for public television stations throughout the country."

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was founded in 1957, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter was chartered in 1981. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News, Sports, Programming, Public Service and Technology.

People change and lives improve when powerful ideas challenge us. WVIA Public Media is a catalyst, convener and educator, using media, partnerships, ideas and programs to advance the best attributes of an enlightened society.

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