TSC Exclusive: Live at the College Television Awards
On April 10, the new generation of directors, writers, producers, music composers and every art occupation in between were honored at the 31st Annual College TV Awards, focusing on “The Nation’s Best in Student Video, Digital and Film Work.” Sponsored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, the gala took place at Hollywood’s Renaissance Hotel giving the students and their hard work a nice pat on the back and a great awards ceremony with hot television names as presenters.
Hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” leader Tom Bergeron, the College Television Awards went off without a hitch with Bergeron’s fourth year in a row in the hosting position.
He told The Star Celeb that he enjoys not preparing too much beforehand and loves being involved in the “important” careers of our future film and television makers. He also commented on his new “DWTS” co-host Brooke Burke and how her previous win on the show is a great addition with her as his partner. “She knows exactly what they’re going through,” he said.
Reality television producer Nigel Lythgoe (“So You Think You Can Dance,” “American Idol”) was presented the Philanthropy Award by his colleague Adam Shankman (“SYTYCD”). Recently, Lythgoe established the Dizzy Feet Foundation with “DWTS” judge Carrie Ann Inaba and actress Katie Holmes. The Foundation is a nonprofit that gives scholarships to talented underprivileged dancers nationwide. When asked about receiving the award, Lythgoe explained to The Star Celeb that he has had a great deal of help along the way and would be mentioning “many names” in his acceptance speech.
The cast of MTV’s reality hit “The Buried Life” presented the Magazine category winner–”Impact Show 45″ (Kim Daniels, Cristina Bishai, Deidre Crawford, Maritza Navarro and Esther Pomeroy) from the University of Southern California–and marveled at how they were actually invited to this event. They revealed to The Star Celeb how their pilot episode of their television show focusing on giving people a chance to achieve something on a kind of bucket list was shot because one of them wanted to walk a red carpet, so they sneaked onto the famous walkway in 2007 at the MTV Video Music Awards. (They described it as the one where “Britney Spears really sucked,” referencing her botched “Gimme More” performance.)
Yvette Nicole Brown of NBC’s new comedy “Community” presented the Children’s category to “Turbo” of the University of Southern California. In her TV show, she plays Shirley, a mom who goes back to community college, but she doesn’t think she could do it in real life. “College was just like a full-time job,” she told The Star Celeb. “I would like to believe that I had the energy to do it, but I just don’t know!” She also admitted that, just like her character, she is the mamma figure to the cast. “I’m the mamma figure with everybody, and I think it drives people crazy, but I want everyone to leave with what they came with!”
Other winners and presenters included:
- Kerr Smith (“Life Unexpected”) presented Commercial winner to “Trigger Happy” (Saman Keshavarz, Y-C Tom Lee, Romson Niega and Francis Pollara) of the Art Center College of Design.
- Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) and Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) presented Comedy to “Zombo” (Jeff Hersh and Nicolaas Bertelsen) of the University of Southern California.
- Chris Colfer (“Glee”) presented Best Use of Music to “Today” (Dustin Owen Chow and Steven Shaefer) of University of Cincinnati and Music Composition to “Mashed” (Richard Tsutomu Williams) of Brigham Young University.
- “The Mentalist” stars Amanda Righetti & Tim Kang presented Drama to “Inspector 42″ (Lyvia Alaida Martinez) of Brigham Young University.
- Robert David Hall (“CSI”) and Loreen Arbus (The Loreen Arbus Foundation) presented the Focus on Disability Scholarship Winners Rhianon Gutierrez (of Chapman University, “When I’m not Alone”) and Haley Lesavoy (of George Washington University, “Opening Doors & Minds: Celebrating 20 Years of the ADA”).
- Pat Harvey (“KCAL 9 News”) presented Newscast to “UT: 10 News” (Philipp Levering and Ashley Roth) of the University of Toledo.
- Jon Tenney (“The Closer”) presented Documentary to “Rediscovering Pape” (Maria Royo) of the City College of New York.
- Sasha Alexander (“NCIS”) presented Narrative Series to “Limelight” (Skylar R. Andrews, Jason D. Struss and Shirlyn Cesar) of Syracuse University
- Gillian Jacobs (“Community”) and Busy Philipps (“Cougar Town”) presented Animation to “Hook, Line, and Stinker” (Ross Bolinger) of School of Visual Arts.
- Paris Barclay (“In Treatment”) presented Directing Award to Nathan Lee of “Inspector 42,” an intriguing short looking at the life of those guys who place the “inspected by” tags in clothing.
- Hill Harper (“CSI: New York”) and Benito Martinez (“Saving Grace”) presented the Bricker Humanitarian Award to the Oscar-nominated “Kavi,” by Gregg Helvey of the University of Southern California.
For more information, visit http://emmysfoundation.org/college-television-awards.