Ford and Nickley’s ‘The Buzz’ wins at 2017 College Television Awards

Shasta Ford (M.F.A., film and television, 2017) and Matt Nickley (M.F.A., performing arts, 2016) won the series scripted category at the 2017 College Television Awards. "The Buzz," a collaboration between 120 students from departments including performing arts, film and television, production design, dramatic writing, sound design, motion media and painting, is an original sitcom filmed before a live studio audience. The show follows the story of three unlucky guys navigating post-college life with the help of their friends at the local coffee shop.

Ford and Nickley competed against entries from nearly 100 colleges and university. Entries for the College Television Awards, which mirror the Emmy Awards selection process, were judged by active Television Academy members. Judging criteria reflects industry standards of quality, imagination and innovation across categories including comedy, drama, newscast and unscripted series. Awards are given in 17 categories.

"The College Television Awards is one of our Foundation's preeminent events because it spotlights the next generation of television talent," said Madeline Di Nonno, chair of the Television Academy Foundation. "With the support of the Television Academy, our donors and sponsors, we are building a pipeline of talented individuals that are diverse, inclusive and relevant to current and future audiences."

2017 first-place winners

  • Shasta Ford (M.F.A., film and television, 2017)
  • Matt Nickley (M.F.A., performing arts, 2016)