HAMPTON, Va. -- Two NASA-funded vodcasts and television shows here have won Emmy awards from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The Emmy Award is the premier television production award presented in the television industry, including entertainment programming, instructional, news and documentary shows, and sports programming.
This is the first regional Emmy for NASA's newest program, NASA X. Produced with AMA Studios and NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., the team won best "Promotion for a Series or Program."
Written and produced by Michael Bibbo and Kevin Krigsvold, the piece showcased the NASA X program, which was created in 2012. Their first show, "Environmentally Responsible Aviation," is the most downloaded program on the NASA website this year.
"It's always a thrill when creativity is recognized by your peers," said Bibbo.
Four NASA X programs have been created and released, with a fifth on Alternative Aircraft Design airing this summer. The shows are distributed to more than 400 U.S. television stations, including PBS, and internationally through various outlets. They're also available on Hulu and YouTube.
The NASA 360 program won an Emmy in the "Informational/Instructional -- Program Special" category for the show, "Robots, Rocks & Rovers." NASA 360 is produced for NASA by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Va.
The 30-minute program, produced for the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate, highlights how the agency's Centennial Challenges program promotes technical innovation and taps the nation's ingenuity to make revolutionary advances in technology.
"This year our team put forth a special effort to enhance NASA 360 with an updated look, new hosts and more opportunities for fans to engage with the show and its NASA guests," Timothy Allen, a NASA 360 producer. "We are thrilled that those efforts have been rewarded with both a significant increase in viewers and accolades from our fans. This Emmy award is the highest honor we can receive from our peers in the broadcast industry and we're especially grateful for the recognition." It is the second Emmy for NASA 360 and the third for the NIA production team.
Programs from the NASA 360 series have been downloaded more than 15 million times from NASA's website, and has more than 70,000 followers and fans through Facebook and Twitter. It's regularly broadcast on NASA TV as well as about 400 public broadcasting, cable and commercial stations. The series is also available on select airlines and cruise ships and through iTunes, Hulu and YouTube.
"These kind of video products serve many different audiences across a wide array of channels, and are one of the best ways to keep the public informed and excited about NASA," said Rob Wyman, Langley's lead for the Office of Communications. "We're very proud of the NASA X and NASA 360 teams."
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