Grammies/Emmy 2011

Telecast Recognized For Outstanding Directing,
Outstanding Lighting Design,Outstanding Sound Mixing,
Outstanding Special Class Program and
Outstanding Technical Direction

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 14, 2011)— The 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast has received five Emmy® Award nominations, the most ever in one year for a GRAMMY telecast, in recognition of outstanding production and directing excellence. Nominations were announced today by the Television Academy at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif. Including today’s nominations, the GRAMMY Awards have been nominated 25 times for production excellence, and a total of 27 times overall. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from NOKIA Theatre at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.

The five GRAMMY Award telecast nominations are for:
* Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
* Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or
Comedy Special
* Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special
* Outstanding Special Class Programs
* Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries,
Movie Or A Special

“Each year we are thankful for the opportunity to work with our creative and talented partners at John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures to produce a wonderful GRAMMY telecast for music fans around the world,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy®.” Today we congratulate them and our superb director, Lou Horvitz, on being recognized by the Television Academy for production and direction excellence. The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards was one of our most successful telecasts in recent history, recognized a great number of extraordinary and talented musicians, and produced many memorable GRAMMY moments. This recognition also is an appropriate testament to the remarkable legacy of our recently departed producer and dear friend John Cossette. We continue to be grateful for our partnerships with our production teams and our friends at CBS and STAPLES Center in helping us celebrate Music’s Biggest Night®.”

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards were produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette were executive producers, and Louis J. Horvitz was the director. David Wild and Ken Ehrlich were the writers.

The individuals nominated in each category are eligible for the awards. A detailed list of nominees follows:

*Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special:
Louis J. Horvitz, Directed by

*Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Special:
Robert Dickinson, Lighting Designer; Jon Kusner, Lighting Director; Andy O’Reilly, Lighting Director; Travis Hagenbuch, Lighting Director

*Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Special:
Thomas Holmes, Production Mixer; John Harris, Music Mixer; Eric Schilling, Music Mixer; Bob LaMasney, Supplemental Audio

*Outstanding Special Class Programs:
John Cossette Productions in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures

*Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special:
John B. Field, Technical Director; Eric Becker, Technical Director; Kenneth R. Shapiro, Technical Director; Ted Ashton, Camera; Manny Bonilla, Camera; Dave Eastwood, Camera; Randy Gomez, Camera; Danny Bonilla, Camera; Dean Hall, Camera; Larry Heider, Camera; Marc Hunter, Camera; Dave Levisohn, Camera; Steve Martyniuk, Camera; Hector Ramirez, Camera; David Plakos, Camera; Brian Reason, Camera; John Repczynski, Camera; Rob Palmer, Camera; Kris Wilson, Camera; Easter Xua, Camera; Keith Winikoff, Video Control; Guy Jones, Video Control

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks on Facebook (, Twitter (, and YouTube (

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