Monumental Sports & Entertainment Receives Six Emmy Nominations for Broadcast Excellence

Wizards Magazine, Caps Red Line and Mystics 15th Anniversary Special Among Sports Programming Nominees

WASHINGTON, DC – Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which launched Monumental Network in January 2013, received six Emmy Award nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) National Capital Chesapeake Bay Region. All of Monumental’s nominations are for broadcast excellence and include Best Sports Program/Feature Segment (two nominations), Best Sports Program Series (two nominations), Best Sports One-Time Special and Graphics & Animation. A total of 774 entries were received in 104 categories for the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Region in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

“Receiving six nominations is an outstanding example of not only the unique content we provide but also the talent of our personnel,” said Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “We launched Monumental Network earlier this year in order to provide unique sports and entertainment programming for the D.C. region. I’m proud of what we have been able to accomplish in such a short period of time.”

Wizards Magazine received two nominations for the Best Sports Program/Feature Segment and Best Sports Program Series categories. The “Game Operations Behind the Scenes” segment and the season 4 premiere of Wizards Magazine with behind-the-scenes access at training camp, life on the road, D.C. fans interacting with the team at an open practice and a makeover of the Wizards locker room at Verizon Center, were both executive produced by Jumoke Davis with photographer/editor Alana Sawyer. The season 4 premiere had additional photographer/editor credits for Will McKinley.

Caps Red Line was nominated for Best Sports Program Series for season 4, episode 2 that featured an inside look at Capitals forward Joel Ward as he adjusts to life in D.C. with the help of his teammates.

The Madame Tussauds story on the creation of a wax figure for Alex Ovechkin, who is the second hockey player ever to have been sculpted by Madame Tussauds, aired on Caps Red Line and was nominated for Best Sports Program/Feature Segment. The segment featured never-before-seen access to the creation process for a statue. It also covered the unveiling of the wax figure at the local D.C. museum.

Both Caps Red Line and the Madame Tussauds videos were executive produced by Michael Wurman and Joe Dupriest with supervising producer Chuck Roseberry, field producer Torrey Smith, post production supervisor/editor Timothy Libeau, videographer Todd Burger and host Guerin Austin. Elliot Segal was the CRL segment host.

The Mystics 15th Anniversary Special was nominated for Best Sports One-Time Special. It was executive produced/edited/photographed/hosted by Davis, additional editors Sawyer and Rob Hedrick, and multi-media journalist Casey Phillips.

In the Graphics & Animation category, Jarek Harris was nominated for his graphics composite reel for the Mystics 15th Anniversary Special episode of Mystics Magazine: The Journey.

The Verizon Center was the centerpiece for two additional Emmys as The Washington Post earned nominations for the Arts & Entertainment News Feature and Photo/Video Essay categories for its feature entitled The Dance of Life: The Concert.

Comcast SportsNet received two of its seven nominations in the Sports Play-by-Play/Analyst category, recognizing Joe Beninati for his work with the Capitals and Steve Buckhantz for his call of Wizards games. Comcast SportsNet also received an Emmy nomination in the Promotion/Program/Sports category for “Capitals Playoffs 2012 – This is Pressure.”

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences selects judges from the remaining chapters in the association, who are then asked to vote on the award recipients for each category.

The 55th Emmy Awards will take place on June 15 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. Monumental Sports owns and operates three professional sports teams: the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals and WNBA's Washington Mystics. The group also owns and operates Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University's Patriot Center.