2019 Emmy Nominations Honor Alumni Dan Minahan, Rebecca Sugar, Chris Prynoski, and More
July 26, 2019
From left: Dan Minahan, Rebecca Sugar, and Thom Zimny
<p "="">Left: A portrait of Thom Zimny. Right: The poster for Netflix's<span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker"></span> "Springsteen on Broadway."
SVA alumnus Thom Zimny, director of Netflix’s Springsteen on Broadway, is nominated for an Emmy in the category of Directing for a Variety Special.

The Oscars and awards season might be months away, but the Primetime Emmy Awards, where the craftspeople in the television industry get their due, are only a few weeks from now. The Emmy Awards are divided into separate categories for comedy and drama, but also animation, special effects, interactive media and more. This year, as in years past, many of the working professionals honored with nominations are members of the SVA alumni community.

At the forefront of this year’s Emmys is HBO‘’

<p "="">Left: A photograph of Matt Yonks. Right: The poster for "Creating Saturday Night Live."

SVA alumnus Matt Yonks was co-executive producer of NBC’s Creating Saturday Night Live, which is nominated for an Emmy in the category of Short Form Nonfiction.

In the documentary and reality short realm, Creating Saturday Night Live was nominated for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series. Matt Yonks (BFA 2001 Film and Video), served as one of the co-executive producers on the behind-the-scene series.

In the animated category, Cartoon Network‘’

Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go! also received a nomination in the same Outstanding Short Form Animated Program category for its cleverly titled episode “Nostalgia Is Not A Substitute For An Actual Story,” which was worked on by storyboard artists Zachary Bellissimo (BFA 2011 Animation) and Joey Cappabianca (BFA 2006 Animation).

Left: An image of Dan Minahan. Right: The movie poster for Deadwood: The Movie (2019)

SVA alumnus Dan Minahan directed HBO’s Emmy-nominated Deadwood: The Movie.

Netflix‘’

Last but not least, RuPaul’s Drag Race has been nominated for a whopping nine awards, including Outstanding Competition Program. Melanie McLean Brooks (MFA 2017 Social Documentary Film) is one of the popular series′ cinematographers.

Below are some trailers of the nominated works. Congratulations to all the nominees and best of luck! The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air live on Fox, Sunday, September 22, beginning at 8:00pm EST.

Left: A photograph of Rebecca Sugar. Right: A promotional image for Steven Universe's "Reunited" (2018).

An episode of SVA alumnus Rebecca Sugar’s Cartoon Network series Steven Universe has been nominated for a Short Form Animated Program award at the 2019 Emmys. The episode, “Reunited,” featured work by a number of additional alumni.

SVA Features: 2019 Emmy Nominations & the SVA Community: Dan Minahan, Chris Prynoski, Rebecca Sugar & More
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SVA Features: 2019 Emmy Nominations & the SVA Community: Dan Minahan, Chris Prynoski, Rebecca Sugar & More
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SVA Features: 2019 Emmy Nominations & the SVA Community: Dan Minahan, Chris Prynoski, Rebecca Sugar & More
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