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December 07, 2022
Foundation News

Nominees Announced for 42nd College Television Awards

Students From Colleges Nationwide Recognized by Television Academy Members For Their Exceptional Programs

Foundation Announces 2023 Recipient of the $10,000 Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship

The Television Academy Foundation today announced nominees for the 42nd College Television Awards, which recognize and reward excellence in student-produced programs from colleges nationwide, and revealed the recipient of the $10,000 Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship.

The College Television Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Television Academy's North Hollywood campus. Student nominees will also participate in two days of professional development discussions and networking opportunities with media-industry leaders to support career advancement.

Twenty-one student-produced programs are nominated from 132 entries submitted by 35 colleges and universities nationwide. Designed to emulate the Emmy Awards, student entries are judged by Television Academy members; three projects are nominated in each of the seven categories. Criteria for the College Television Awards reflects industry standards of excellence, imagination and innovation. Each winning project will receive a $3,000 cash prize.

The nominees for the 42nd College Television Awards are listed below (updated 12.13.22):


Cenote – Brigham Young University
Andrew Pettit, Producer
Daniel Villanueva Avalos, Director, Writer
Samantha Barroso, Director

Kaghati – Savannah College of Art and Design
Stanley Soendoro, Director, Producer, Writer
Amanda Jayapurna, Director, Producer, Writer
Maansi Sunkara, Producer
Lorena Da Silva, Writer
Christian Rodriguez, Writer
Agatha Tiara Christa, Writer

The Pope's Dog - Savannah College of Art and Design
Madison Tody, Producer
Neko Pilarcik-Tellez, Director
Yousef Geneidy, Writer

Espionage by Candlelight – Regent University
Jared Esteban, Director, Writer
Leila Haddad, Producer
Michael Beam, Producer

Transpassing – Loyola Marymount University
Danuta Janiszewski, Producer, Writer
Fiori Carmen, Director

Wei-Lai – University of Southern California
Zhongyu Wang, Director
Naomi Shroff-Mehta, Producer
Guang Xi Shi, Writer
Andy Li, Producer

Ebay - Dear Vanessa - Brigham Young University
Andrew Rhee, Director, Writer
Madi Hill, Producer

Made To Last - Brigham Young University
Luke Roberts, Director, Producer
Hailey Skinner, Writer

Play Your Way - Dungeons & Dragons - Brigham Young University
Taylor Garrett, Director
Savannah Butler, Producer
Alex McBride, Producer
Stephanie Blackham, Writer

Amelia (the Twin) – Biola University
Luke Montgomery, Director, Producer, Writer
Ethan Montgomery, Director, Writer

Maggie on Stratford Ave. - Brigham Young University
Albert James May, Director, Writer
Marcus Weatherred, Producer

Provenance – University of Southern California
Bijan Kazerooni, Producer
Julia Elizabeth Evans, Producer
Lucinda Hirschfeld, Producer
Ugonna Nwabueze, Producer
Caleb Townsend, Producer, Writer
Sayali Upadhye, Writer, Producer
Vivian Gray, Director

Focus: Disruption--Moving Forward - Montclair State University
Julia Egan, Producer, Writer
Gabby Taylor, Producer, Writer
Bernice Ndegwa, Producer, Writer
Louis Biondolillo, Producer, Writer
Fabby Prescott, Director
Rebecca Kobik, Director
Keyshawn Reese Producer, Writer

New Orleans | Raging Storms – Montclair State University
Solana Brol, Director, Producer, Writer
Emily Dolan, Director, Producer, Writer
Louis Biondolillo, Producer, Writer
Givonna Boggans, Producer, Writer
Michelle Coneo Fernandez, Producer, Writer
Ryan Breyta, Producer, Write
Khan Hussain, Producer, Writer
Talon Lauriello, Producer, Writer
Drew Mumich, Producer, Writer
Bernice Ndegwa,, Producer, Writer
Keyshawn Reese Producer, Writer
Gabby Taylor, Producer, Writer
Carter Winner, Producer, Writer
Kaya Maciak, Producer, Writer

UMTV NewsVision – University of Miami
Ben Ezzy, Director
Tyler Walsh, Producer
Spencer Askinazy, Producer
Katelyn Kucharski, Writer
Sophia Vitello, Writer
Harvey Duplock, Writer
Embrik Eyles, Writer
Derryl Barnes, Writer
Blake Atwell, Writer

Bad Hombrewood – University of Southern California
Guillermo Casarin, Director, Writer
Santos Herrera, Producer
Marian Cook, Producer

Beyond the Chair – Florida State University
Thomas Hindy, Director, Producer, Writer

Lizzi: Deeper Than Water – Taylor University
Anna Rodman, Producer, Writer
Gabriel Burch, Director, Writer

SportsDesk - University of Miami
Danyel DeVilliers, Director, Producer
Gianna Sanchez, Producer
Derryl Barnes, Writer
Maxwell Trink, Writer
Josh White, Writer
Thomas Sullivan, Writer
Cassandra Garcia, Writer
Michelle Ng-Reyes, Writer

Sports Night in Auburn - Auburn University – Auburn
Zach Card, Director, Producer, Writer
Colin Beyersdorf, Writer
Mikayla Kelly, Writer

Sports Xtra – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Anna Blount, Writer
Solomon Reaves, Producer
Tyler Chilton, Director

The Foundation also named the recipient of the $10,000 Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship, which recognizes and rewards a student-produced project that best portrays disability issues or helps emerging artists with a disability gain recognition. The winning piece for 2023 is titled Lizzi: Deeper Than Water by Taylor University students Anna Rodman and Gabriel Burch. It profiles swimmer, Lizzi Smith of Muncie, Indiana, who suffers from amniotic band syndrome and was born missing a forearm, as she competed in the Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Loreen Arbus is a two-time Emmy nominee who holds the trailblazing distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime, and is a leading advocate for people with disabilities. This is the 12th year for this award, provided by the Loreen Arbus Foundation, which has established and funds scholarships that both enhance and elevate social consciousness around key societal issues.

Winners in the competition will be announced by celebrity presenters at the awards ceremony on April 1, 2023. During the show the Seymour Bricker Humanitarian Award, a $4,000 cash prize, will also be awarded to a College Television Award nominee that best highlights a humanitarian concern.

"Congratulations to all of the 2023 nominees whose exceptional student productions have been recognized by the Television Academy Foundation," said Foundation Chair Cris Abrego. "By showcasing their outstanding work, the Foundation is able to help students from across the country gain career exposure, opening doors for the next generation of industry leaders."

Tickets to the April 1 awards ceremony are $25 for students with ID and $50 for general admission. To purchase tickets, visit

The 42nd College Television Awards is supported by philanthropists and corporate partners including The Loreen Arbus Foundation, PEOPLE® and Warner Bros. Discovery.

ERRORS OR OMISSIONS: The deadline for correcting errors in the listing of nominations is Dec. 13, 2022, at 5:00 PM PST. Omissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact

About the Television Academy Foundation
Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs, such as The Interviews: An Oral History of Television Project, College Television Awards and Summit, Student Internship and Fellowship Programs and Faculty Conference, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, please visit


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Rick Rhoades

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