Media and Information alumnus Anthony Siciliano, who works as a producer, editor and videographer for MSU's Communications and Brand Strategy (CABS) and MSUToday, won three Emmy Awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Representing the most experienced and talented film and television professionals from all disciplines of the industry, the 2014 Emmy Awards were presented at the 36th annual Michigan Emmy Gala June 14 at the MotorCity Sound Board Theater in Detroit.
"It is an honor to be recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the work I have done," Siciliano said. "When creating a video, you don't really know if it is going to resonate with others. You craft the story to what you think people will respond to, but until it airs you never really know. Being recognized with these awards certainly reinforces that you did a good job. Knowing that people enjoyed your work, that feeling never gets old."
Siciliano received Emmys in the following categories:
- Best Promotion/Program/Image for "Spartans Will. 360-Take the Journey," a two-minute spot highlighting the MSU President's Report project capturing stories of MSU researchers who are solving some of the world's most challenging problems.
- Best Community/Public Service-Single Spot for "Schooled," which he worked on with Jim Peck, CABS Director of University Photography and Videography and Big Ten Network Executive Producer. This 150-second spot features MSU alumnus William T. Langford IV, aka Will the Poet, and his original spoken-word poem, "Schooled."
- Best Human Interest Program/Special for "Swimming Toward a Cure," which Siciliano worked on with Peck and Alberto Moreno, CABS Director and Big Ten Network Television Producer. The 26-minute documentary chronicles the journey of six women from the state of Michigan who swim the English Channel in an effort to raise money and awareness for ALS research (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
"Anthony's well-developed skills and great work ethic were evident as soon as he joined our team as a student intern. So when he graduated, we hired him almost immediately. Since then, he's been an integral part of many of our award-winning productions, including three that won Emmys this spring," said Heather Swain, Vice President of MSU Communications and Brand Strategy. "But his contributions extend beyond his superb television work. He's also brought creative ideas and exceptional visual storytelling expertise to our web and social media areas, helping us connect to our audiences in a more emotional way."
Siciliano graduated from MSU in 2010 with a B.A. in Digital Media and Technology.
"I very much enjoyed my time at CAS. Not only did the school provide me with a fantastic education, but it provided an infrastructure that allowed me to succeed," Siciliano said. "What I mean by that is, they didn't just provide me with the physical tools - computers, cameras, lights, etc. - they provided me with opportunities to tell a story, or shoot an independent movie, or produce and direct a sketch comedy show for three years."
As a student, Siciliano was a part of the MSU Telecasters student group, where for three years he was the Director and Producer of the sketch comedy show, "Sideshow," which earned him a student Emmy his senior year.
"An integral part of my education was being a part of MSU Telecasters," Siciliano said. "MSU allowed me to produce a half-hour television show when I was 19. The fact that I was able to 'get my feet wet and hands dirty' by producing content, really helped prepare me for a career after college. Not to mention, I was able to meet many, many close friends who remain in close contact with me to this day, both for social and professional reasons."
It has only been four years since Siciliano graduated and already he has earned seven Emmys, including the student Emmy and the three from this year. He also has eight Telly Awards, two Gold American Pixel Academy Pixie Awards, a Gold C.A.S.E. Award and a Silver Michigan ADDY Award.