College Television Award given to SCAD student Joey Katz for "Adventure Katz" reality series
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) student Joey Katz (B.F.A., film and television) received a College Television Award (CTA) for his “Adventure Katz” series at the 36th Annual CTA ceremony in Los Angeles on April 23.
The online series showcases Katz’s quests around the world – focusing on extraordinary but accessible adventures that push Katz beyond his comfort zone and bring him in contact with new people and exciting experiences. One of the episodes submitted for the awards – “Wales: MADMAN or Poet?” – chronicled an overnight trek to the peak of Cader Idris mountain in northern Wales. The episode’s title stems from a popular legend about the mountain, which states that anyone who sleeps on its slopes alone will supposedly awaken either a madman or a poet.
According to Katz, the goal of his reality series is to teach others how to have inspiring and boundary-pushing experiences.
“Every day presents an adventure; you can either watch it unfold on a screen or be part of it,” he said. “My hope is that viewers will be moved to action because of the series, and this recognition from the Television Academy Foundation – it’s the highest honor for students – validates my concept. The art that I’ve created over the last two years is just the start of what I hope will be a career of authentic, experiential storytelling.”
“The Academy’s recognition of Joey’s online reality series shines a light on the exciting transformation of traditional film and television education to an entertainment arts-focused curriculum,” said Greg Beck, dean of the School of Entertainment Arts, SCAD. “At SCAD, we encourage students to pursue the type of filmmaking that most appeals to them – be it narrative or reality, short or long form. The balanced combination of creativity, spontaneity and engaging storytelling in the ‘Adventure Katz’ series exemplifies Joey’s understanding of reality-based filmmaking. He is willing to push boundaries to create art that speaks to and motivates his peers.”
The College Television Awards, formerly known as the Student Television Awards, was started in 1978 by a partnership between Television Academy Foundation Board members Lynne Gross and Frank O’Connor, and oilman Herbert Schmertz, to recognize excellence in student work. The ceremony has grown to a nationwide competition that awards over 65 trophies in 16 different categories. Designed to emulate the Primetime Emmy judging process, entries are reviewed by active Television Academy members. Student submissions undergo a three round judging process, culminating in a Blue Ribbon panel that awards first, second and third prizes.
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SCAD enrolls nearly 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 100 countries. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications and collaborative projects with corporate partners. In 2014, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD in the top ten universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni placement rate. In a survey of Spring 2013 SCAD graduates, 93 percent of respondents reported being employed, pursuing further education, or both, within 10 months of graduation.
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