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|SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL WINS SILVER, BRONZE REMI AWARDS AT WORLDFEST
HAMMOND -- For the second
consecutive year, programs produced by the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern
Louisiana University’s educational access channel, have been honored with
prestigious Remi Awards presented at the recent Worldfest-Houston International
Film and Video Festival.
“ArtWorks,” a talk show
about outstanding north shore artists, won a Silver Remi Award for “Interview
Program” in the Television/Cable Programming competition. The 30-minute
episode featured award-winning novelist Tim Gautreaux, a Southeastern writer-in-residence.
Produced by Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern Channel,
the piece was edited by channel staff member Pelle Eriksson and videotaped
by Eriksson and Todd Dunnington, channel operations manager.
An episode of the “Florida
Parish Chronicles” entitled “St. Tammany Parish: Overcoming the Obstacles
to Prosperity” won a Bronze Remi for “Information, Cultural, or Historical
The Bronze Remi for the
episode marks the fourth major television award for “The Florida Parish
Chronicles,” which looks at the history of the Florida Parishes. In its
first year on the air, the series has also won two international Communicator
Awards and a Telly Award.
The episode described St.
Tammany’s rise from virtual poverty to the most prosperous parish in Louisiana.
Also produced by Settoon, the program was shot and edited by Eriksson.
It was written, narrated and hosted by Sam Hyde, Ford Family Endowed Chair
in Regional Studies and director of Southeastern’s Center for Southeast
Hyde said the program depicted
St. Tammany as a model for other regions seeking to overcome the challenges
of rapid development.
“We concentrated our efforts
on revealing the sources of St. Tammany’s emergence from a regional backwater
to a site of impressive cultural and economic development,” Hyde said.
“The episode served as not merely a descriptive historical piece, but as
an educational tool for other regions and policy planners to use as a guide
in their own development.”
The 38th WorldFest, the
third oldest film festival in North America, featured 4,500 entries from
23 different countries. Other winners in television/cable programming categories
included Discovery, The Learning Channel, PBS, The History Channel, The
American Masters series, Hallmark and National Geographic Television.
“This is another huge honor
for the Southeastern Channel won in competition against the best in the
television industry,” said Settoon. “It shows that the quality and diversity
of our original programming ranks among the best in television, and it’s
evidence of the hard work of our talented staff to maintain those high
Last year at Worldfest,
the Southeastern Channel, which airs on Charter Cable Channel 18, won a
Gold Remi Award for the football documentary, “Fighting Lions: The
Glory Years.” The three-year-old channel has won 28 national and
international television awards in the past year.