E-Media Professor's "Hope After Hate" documentary wins 3 Emmy Awards

Hagit Limor's documentary shares her father's story of struggle and survival during the Holocaust

UC College-Conservatory of Music Electronic Media Professor and award-winning journalist Hagit Limor won three awards in the 56th annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards, part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The ceremony was held virtually on Oct. 4, 2020.

This year, E-Media Professors Hagit Limor, Donald Hancock and Joe Brackman received a total of six Emmy nominations in the annual award ceremony. Learn more about their projects below. 

Hagit Limor, Associate Professor of Electronic Media

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Hagit Limor stands in front of a monument in the Czestochowa Warta train station. Photo/Provided by Hagit Limor.

Professor Hagit Limor won Emmys in three categories for the “Hope After Hate” documentary that aired on WCPO-TV in June 2019: Human Interest – Program, Reporter – Specialty Assignment and Writer – News. She also won an Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Educators Association for her work on the documentary. The “Hope After Hate” documentary follows Limor as she travels to Poland and Germany to walk in the footsteps of her father, Moniek, who was a prisoner during the Holocaust. Watch the announcement of Limor's Specialty Assignment Emmy win, featuring a short video of Moniek

In March 2019, she traveled to Europe with Jodi Elowitz, Director of Education at the Holocaust and Humanity Center, to film the documentary and to scout locations for a study abroad trip Limor took with her fall Media Topics class. The class set out to create “Hope After Hate: Moniek’s Legacy,” a virtual reality experience and play that shares the experience of Limor’s father with lessons to inspire action against future acts of hatred and bigotry.

Donald Hancock, Assistant Professor of Film and Television Production

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Army veteran Russell Nelson. Photo/Provided by Donald Hancock.

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Lauren Eylise performing during CET's Art Show Sessions. Photo/Provided by Donald Hancock.

Professor Donald Hancock received an Emmy nomination in the Military – Program category for “Recovery Through Art Therapy,” which aired on CET’s weekly art magazine program “The Art Show” in April 2019. “Recovery Through Art Therapy” tells the story of Army veteran Russell Nelson, who was honorably discharged after a tour in Germany. After returning home to Cincinnati, Nelson fell into a depression and began drinking, which ultimately led to him becoming homeless. Through a chance encounter at Joseph House, a veteran’s recovery center, Nelson reconnected with his lifelong passion — painting. Hancock was also nominated in the Arts/Entertainment – Program category for his work on Art Show Sessions, which is a series of music performances recorded live and shot on location for CET’s “The Art Show.”

“What’s really neat about being nominated for both of these videos is that I was able to work alongside E-Media alumni and current students as part of the productions,” Hancock says. The videographer for both videos was Zach Kramer (BFA E-Media, ‘17). Production Assistants included Jody Jones (BFA E-Media, ’19), Carlos Herriott (BFA E-Media, ’20), Ciara Cruder (BFA E-Media, '18) and DeShon Von Able (BFA E-Media, '15).

Joe Brackman, Assistant Professor of Multi-Camera Production

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The production team for "Jack Hanna's Into the Wildlights." Photo/Provided by Joe Brackman.

Professor Joe Brackman received an Emmy nomination in the Special Event Coverage category for “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wildlights 2019,” which aired on Columbus’ WBNS-TV. Brackman was the producer and director for the hour-long show that took place at the world-famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It featured Jungle Jack Hanna and his animal friends as they interacted with the live audience from a local pediatric cancer support group during a holiday special.

“During the show, we brought viewers the sights and sounds from Wildlights, the holiday light display that attracts thousands of visitors to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium during the holiday season,” Brackman says. “We also went behind the scenes at the zoo for a peek at some of the newborn babies born at the zoo as well as animal care and other operations that help the zoo promote wildlife conservation worldwide.”

About CCM E-Media

CCM’s Division of E-Media offers an undergraduate BFA program designed to prepare students for the ever-changing media industry by teaching foundational skills in audio, video and web production, as well as media writing. CCM E-Media also offers an academic minor, which is student centered, professionally relevant and focused on creativity and development.

The BFA program emphasizes hands-on learning with required student internships at professional media companies and opportunities to develop award-winning works within and outside the classroom. In recent years, students have traveled to Alaska and California to produce acclaimed documentaries and have won Emmy awards for works made locally.

Learn more by visiting ccm.uc.edu