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The CPTV Documentary,
Wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Program.

On Saturday, May 7, 2005, the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the 28th annual Emmy Awards at the Boston Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Connecticut Public Television's (CPTV) ORPHAN ORCA: SAVING SPRINGER won for Outstanding Achievement in Informational Program honoring Producer Roynn Lisa Simmons and Executive Producers Ric Serrenho and Jordan St. John.

ORPHAN ORCA: SAVING SPRINGER -- which premiered on June 20, 2004 on CPTV and has aired on public television stations nationwide -- is a 30-minute documentary the tells the inspiring story of the rehabilitation and eventual release of a baby orca in the waters off Seattle, Washington. Co-produced by Visual Concepts Inc. and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and presented to public television by CPTV, ORPHAN ORCA chronicles the work of NOAA as they worked to treat the whale's health problems and return her to her community, or pod, of killer whales. CPTV Producer Lisa Simmons was thrilled with the win - the 8th Emmy Award of her career.

Visual Concepts has been producing documentaries and other forms of non-broadcast programming for nearly twenty years. Production crews have produced programming on four continents and almost all fifty states. The company has been honored repeatedly by the Associated Press, United Press International, and Sigma Delta Chi, The Society of Professional Journalists as well as by dozens of national and international video and film organizations.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducts research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere, space, and sun, and applies this knowledge to science and service that touch the lives of all Americans. In a July 1970 statement to Congress, President Nixon proposed creating NOAA to serve a national need "...for better protection of life and property from natural hazards...for a better understanding of the total environment...[and] for exploration and development leading to the intelligent use of our marine resources..."

Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) is a nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including Barney & FriendsTM; Angelina Ballerina; Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers; America's Walking and Breaking the Silence: Journeys of Hope. Now in its 41st year, CPTV remains committed to bringing the best in educational programming and services to Connecticut and the nation.

ORPHAN ORCA: SAVING SPRINGER is distributed by American Public Television, located in Boston, is a major source of programming for the nation's public television stations. Known for identifying innovative programs and developing creative distribution techniques, American Public Television provides stations with program choices that enable them to strengthen and customize their schedules. It also serves as an essential distribution option for producers. More information about APT's programs and services is available on the Web at

ORPHAN ORCA: SAVING SPRINGER is a co-production of Visual Concepts Inc. and NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
Presenter: Connecticut Public Television
Producer: Roynn Lisa Simmons
Narrator: Heather Auden
Executive Producer: Ric Serrenho

Lee Newton 860-275-7285


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