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    (Las Vegas) –Vegas PBS, one of America’s most watched PBS stations, was recently honored at the 2012 Pacific Southwest EMMY Awards for the Vegas PBS Arts Showcase. The station also received two bronze Telly Awards for their work on the Vegas PBS Arts Showcase.

    Reginald LaFrance won an EMMY award for the Vegas PBS Arts Showcase in the “Director Post-Production” category. LaFrance and Brian Siegel also received nominations in the “Arts/Entertainment Program or Special” category. The program was hosted by Flamingo Las Vegas headliner and local celebrity favorite Donny Osmond.

    The Vegas PBS Arts Showcase also won the station bronze Telly Awards in two categories: “TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces – Entertainment” and “TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces – Editing.” In addition, Vegas PBS and producer/director Heather Caputo received a 2012 Telly Award in the “Film/Video –Copywriting” category for the program Profiles in Courage:  Refugees. The grant-funded program profiled refugees who fled their homeland and are making their home in the Las Vegas area.

    “It was a privilege to work with the great performing talent here in Las Vegas and we are thrilled that our Vegas PBS Arts Showcase has been recognized by these prestigious award organizations,” said LaFrance, who has been directing and producing documentary films for more than 18 years and has received multiple EMMY and Telly awards for past projects. “On behalf of the Vegas PBS production team, we are most proud of the fact that we were able to shine a well-deserved spotlight on local talent both on and off the Strip.”

    “Vegas PBS has made a major financial commitment to broadcast national performing arts programs and is expanding its commitment to coverage of local performers,” said Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell. “The Pacific Southwest EMMY and the Telly awards for the Vegas PBS Arts Showcase is a testament to the creativity Reginald, Brian and Donny bring to the productions of local arts programs that delight and inspire our viewers.”

    During the first ever PBS Arts Fall Festival, which featured arts and entertainment programming from around the country,  Vegas PBS produced and aired short video segments following each national airing showcasing local arts and entertainment acts, and ending the series with a 30-minute compilation special, named the Vegas PBS Arts Showcase. The show, hosted by Flamingo Las Vegas headliner local celebrity favorite Donny Osmond, featured “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular”; Ronnie Vannucci and Big Talk; Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater; Out of the Desert Bluegrass Band; Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis!”; Coco Jenkins of Rhyme N’ Rhythm; Christina Douglas of Sondheim Singers of Las Vegas and Nevada Ballet Theater’s “Nutcracker.”

    The purpose of the EMMY Awards is to recognize outstanding achievements in television by conferring annual awards of merit in the Pacific Southwest region. The Pacific Southwest region includes San Diego, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence for those working in television and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements in television.

    The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

    About Vegas PBS

    Dedicated to enriching the lives of those who call Southern Nevada home, Vegas PBS Channel 10 is America’s most watched PBS station on a per capita basis.  Five additional channels are available over the air or on cable and satellite including Create, Vme, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot.

    Vegas PBS expands its television broadcast impact through supplemental materials on Vegas,,, and  Vegas PBS also offers extensive online distance education for workforce development and economic diversification through Vegas Virtual Online Education.

    Vegas PBS also provides educational resources to teachers including TeacherLine professional development courses; One Place, an educational media service and online curriculum service.  Ready To Learn offers literary and health workshops based on curriculum materials in daytime children’s programs.

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