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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253


(Rochester, New York) February 23, 2011 – WXXI Public Broadcasting has been nominated for four New York Emmy® Awards. WXXI's documentary, Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre, was nominated in the Documentary category, WXXI’s television series New York Wine and Table has been nominated in the Magazine Program category, and Songs of Freedom was nominated for Emmy® Awards in two categories -- Children's Programming, and Director: Post Production. The award winners will be announced at the 54th Annual New York Emmy® Awards gala on Sunday, April 3rd.

Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre, produced by WXXI and Eastman School of Music,is aone-hour documentary that captures the fascinating story of the Eastman Theatre and showcases the intricate renovation of the building. Narrated by Rochester native, actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman, the film includes historic photographs, film, and video – including live performances from the Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and others. The film was made possible by support from The Pike Company, PAETEC, Louise Epstein, Keith & Betsy Wilson, and members of WXXI. The film premiered on WXXI-TV/HD in June 2010, and airs on PBS stations across the country.

New York Wine & Table, produced by WXXI in partnership with the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, features food, wine, agriculture, restaurants, people, and landscapes from across New York State. Hosted by nationally known television lifestyle host Susan Hunt, New York Wine & Table airs on WXXI-TV/HD and on PBS stations across the country.

Songs of Freedom was produced by independent producers Dave Marshall and Chris Christopher and presented to the public television system by WXXI. Songs of Freedom tells the story of a young slave girl, Imani, during the pre-civil war in the South. She finds the strength to break free and goes on a harrowing journey to freedom in the North. The educational program is designed for fourth graders, and includes a book, film, curriculum and website.

The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, founded in 1955, is the preeminent membership organization serving the television industry. NY NATAS fosters creativity and inspires excellence through the renowned Emmy® Award, the most prestigious honor and most coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction in television.

WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. Log on to for more information about our services and programs.

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