Simmons Earns Emmy for PBS Doc

John Simmons, ASC was a key part of the creative team behind the PBS SoCal documentary project Finding Home: A Foster Youth Story, which chronicles the lives of four teens preparing to begin new lives outside the foster care system. The program was honored during the 71st Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards held on July 27 by the Television Academy at their home in North Hollywood.

“We are honored that our original content — which shines a light on the diversity of our region — continues to be recognized each year,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of the Public Media Group of Southern California. “It’s a testament to the quality of these stories that illuminate new perspectives, which are at the core of our mission.”

The award was presented in the category of Crime/Social Issues, and was one of seven Emmys earned by Public Media Group of Southern California programming.

Simmons’ partners on the project included (in alpha order) executive producer Brenda Brkusic, editor Joe Fenstermaker, executive producer Karen Hunte, cameraperson Ann Kaneko, associate producer Michelle Merker, associate producer Margo Newman, producer Laurie Parker and director-producer Pamela Tom. 

You can watch the entire Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards event here (with the Crime/Social Issues category beginning at 33:38).

Photo of Simmons at top by Ann Kaneko.

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