AOL, Inc. announced this week that the AOL Original, “The Future Starts Here” by @TiffanyShlain, has been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award in the category of New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture. This is AOL’s second Emmy nomination, coming on the heels of its nomination last week for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Short-Form Nonfiction Program for “Park Bench with Steve Buscemi.”
Ran Harnevo, President of Video at AOL, said in a press release, “2014 has already been an incredible year for AOL Video and receiving back to back Emmy nominations feels like the icing on the cake. The fact that we are one of only a handful of pure digital players nominated is a major validation for the work we’ve put into making our original content the best of the best.” He added, “’The Future Starts Here’ is a project we’ve been extremely excited about since we first began working with Tiffany in 2013, and exemplifies the kind of imaginative, innovative content that we’re committed to bringing to online audiences.”
The Future Starts Here
Show creator and star Tiffany Shlain, said in the release, “‘The Future Starts Here’ has been the perfect medium for me to explore the topics that I’m truly passionate about and has been the cornerstone of much my career, and having it recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is hugely gratifying.” She added, “AOL Studios has been a fantastic partner from the very beginning and has given me a tremendous amount of freedom to execute my vision on this project.”
“The Future Starts Here” explores humanity’s relationship with technology, creativity and how we can shape our future and features humor and insightful commentary from Shlain, a noted filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards. Sponsored by Verizon, the series first debuted on The AOL On Network in 2013, received over 20 million views and was recently renewed for a second season.
Park Bench with Steve Buscemi
Last week, AOL announced that AOL Original “Park Bench with Steve Buscemi” had been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Short-Form Nonfiction Program. This was AOL’s first Emmy nomination, arriving just three years after the company created its first slate of original series. In an earlier press release, Harnevo said:
We’re humbled and pleased by this nomination, as it validates our steadfast commitment to creating premium shows with authentic voices. We’ve built our video strategy around taking quality content and pairing it with innovative distribution models to create scale and awareness on every screen, from TV to mobile. Great content is great content, regardless of length, delivery, or the device on which it’s viewed, and it’s rewarding to see that the industry is recognizing quality short-form digital content at the most prestigious awards in television.
Award-winning actor Steve Buscemi said in the earlier release, “I’m honored and thrilled to have Park Bench nominated for an Emmy. It’s been a really fun show to do with Geo, my brother Michael Buscemi, and all of the fantastic guests we’ve had join us on park benches throughout New York City.” He added, “We’ve had outstanding support along the way. AOL and RadicalMedia have been fantastic partners with our company Olive Productions. It’s been a truly great experience all around and it’s extremely gratifying to have the industry recognize us in this way.”
“Park Bench with Steve Buscemi” was produced by Olive Productions and RadicalMedia in association with AOL Originals. The series can be viewed on The AOL On Network, one of the leading video networks for premium, curated content on the Web.
The AOL On Network has launched nearly 50 original series since 2011. AOL’s 2013 slate of originals, which comprised 15 shows and featured the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Richie, and Hank Azaria, has garnered more than 167 million views to date. With VH1 set to release half-hour episodes of #CandidlyNicole this month, and with AOL On content available on 15 connected TVs and streaming devices, AOL On Network internal data has shown that the lines between traditional TV and digital have become increasingly blurred, and that great content can truly be found on every screen.
The 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City.