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The 69th Annual Tony Awards Broadcast Honored with Two Primetime Emmy Nominations

2015 Tony Awards Nominated in the Categories of Outstanding Special Class Program and Outstanding Technical Direction


New York, NY (July 14, 2016) – The June 2015 broadcast of the 69th Annual Tony Awards was honored today with two Prime Time Emmy Award nominations in the categories of:

  • Outstanding Special Class Program – Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer, Glenn Weiss Executive Producer
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series,Movie Or Special – Technical Direction by Eric Becker and Mike Anderson; Camerawork by Rob Balton, Bob Del Russo, Charlie Huntley, Ernie Jew, John Kosmaczewski, Jay Kulick, Tore Livia, John Meiklejohn, Lyn Noland, Jimmy O’Donnell and Mark Whitman; Video Control by J.M. Hurley and Ka-Lai Wong

The nominations were announced live this morning in Los Angeles.

“The entire team at the Tony Awards work tirelessly all year long to bring create an unforgettable live show – that brings the best of Broadway to fans and viewers around the world.  We are so  proud that their hard work has been once again been recognized,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theater Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment have acted as executive producers of the Tony Awards telecast since 2004. During White Cherry’s tenure, the Tony Awards have been recognized with an unprecedented 39 Emmy nominations and 18 Emmy wins, including the best show in its class for 8 times. That recognition is far more than any time in Tony Awards history and is unparalleled by any other awards show today.

The Antoinette Perry “Tony” Award, which was founded by the American Theatre Wing in 1947, is bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.  The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast – the night America watches Broadway – is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television.

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About the Tony Awards

The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards were presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Robert E. Wankel is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is President. At the American Theater Wing, David Henry Hwang is Chairman and Heather A. Hitchens is President. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment were the Executive Producers of the 2016 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss also served as Director of the 2016 Tony Awards.


IBM - developed, designed, and hosted the official Tony Awards digital experience anchored by; Carnegie Mellon University – the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner; and the following served as official partners of the 2016 Tony Awards: Grant Thornton LLP – official professional services partner; Nordstrom - official sponsor of Tony Awards Red Carpet and “Live on the Tony Awards Red Carpet Show”; City National – official bank of the Tony Awards and presenting sponsor of the Creative Arts Awards; Porsche Cars North America, Inc., - presenting sponsor of the 2016 Tony Awards Gala; United Airlines – the official airline of the Tony Awards for the last 17 years; Coach – presenting sponsor of the Tony Awards Green Room; BroadwayHD – official partner of the Tony Awards and the first-ever Behind the Scenes Livestream; FIJI Water - official water partner of the Tony Awards; La Crema - official wine partner; Paramount Hotel - official hotel partner; People/Entertainment Weekly – the official magazine partners; and additional support provided by Passion Roses.