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October 20, 2010


Lois Maurer, John McGivern, MPTV Students Receive Nominations

Milwaukee, WI (October 20, 2010) - Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) proudly announces eight nominations for 2009-2010 Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Awards. Selected for achievement were Lois Maurer, John McGivern, and several MPTV video broadcasting students. The awards will be presented at the 52nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Ceremony, Sat., Nov., 6, 2010, Park West, 322 W. Armitage, Chicago.

Lois Maurer, MPTV arts & culture producer/director, is a 23 year veteran in the media industry. Prior to joining MPTV in 2008, she co-owned Media Makers, Inc., a local media production company where she wrote, produced, and directed documentaries and entertainment programs, image/information/training programs for internal corporate audiences, and large-scale live meeting support and entertainment. Her clients included SC Johnson, Miller Brewing, Harley-Davidson, Assurant Health, and Northwestern Mutual. She also mentored inner city high school youth in video production.

At MPTV, Maurer produces and directs television specials and documentaries and serves as director for the weekly show 4th Street Forum. Her show credits include Samson Then and Now, Things that Aren't Here Anymore, The Great Circus Parade of 2009, The Early Stories of John McGivern, I am the Fit Generation (flight of short children's spots) and the Arts Digest series.
Maurer is a Milwaukee native and graduate of Marquette University. She and her husband of 17 years live in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin with their four children. She received three nominations.

Category #10 - Outstanding Achievement for Children's Programs:
I Am the Fit Generation
Lois Maurer, Producer. WMVS

Category #11b - Outstanding Achievement for Special Events Programs (Edited):
The Great Circus Parade
Lois Maurer, Producer. WMVS

Category #12 - Outstanding Achievement for Entertainment Programs:
The Early Stories of John McGivern
Lois Maurer, Producer; John McGivern, Performer. WMVS

John McGivern is the author and star of four one-man-shows and has received critical acclaim around the country. His monologue performances are based on his real life experiences as a boy growing up in an Irish-Catholic family in Milwaukee. His stories about family, friends, nuns, and school are told with sincerity, compassion, and humor.

His first show, Midwest Side Story, opened to rave reviews at the Baliwick Theater in Chicago. His other one-man-shows, Mid-Summer Night McGivern, John McGovern's Winter Tales, and The Early Stories of John McGivern have all run on Milwaukee Public Television and PBS stations across the country. He appeared on Milwaukee's WTMJ-4 with his entertainment segment called The Daily Dish McGivern Style, and has appeared in specials on HBO and Comedy Central. He was seen sitting next to Sally Field on Politically Incorrect and knighted by Julie Andrews in the hit film The Princess Diaries. He is a frequent guest on the WKLH-FM 96.5 Dave and Carole morning radio show in Milwaukee. McGivern was nominated for two awards.

Category #12 - Outstanding Achievement for Entertainment Programs:
The Early Stories of John McGivern
John McGivern, Performer; Lois Maurer, Producer. WMVS

Category #18g - Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence on Camera:
John McGivern, The Early Stories of John McGivern. WMVS

MPTV television and video production students attend Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) to pursue associate degrees. The program, which includes traditional classroom work with classes at the MPTV studios, prepares students for careers at TV stations, cable systems, advertising agencies, in-house audio visual departments, educational institutions, and video production houses. Every spring, students take over station operations for a day and broadcast their own programs. Four of these productions by current and graduate students were nominated for Midwest Emmy Awards. (Graduate Ethan Lightner won a 2008-2009 Midwest Emmy for his Parkour Project.)

Category #S-4 - College Student Production: Information Program/Segment:
Skate Parks in Milwaukee: Time for a Public Option:
Phil Kraus, Producer/Tech Crew
Steve Paluch, Associate Producer/Tech Crew
Taylor Imm, Tech Crew
J.J. Kenealy, Tech Crew
Milwaukee Area Technical College

Category #S-4 - College Student Production: Information Program/Segment:
A Glass of Warm Milk: A Message on Climate Change from America's Dairyland
Nathaniel Schardin, Producer
Jacob Fatke, Producer
Antonio Cole, Producer
Milwaukee Area Technical College

College Student Production: Entertainment Program/Segment:
Connections 2010
Jonathan Bare, Producer/Editor/Score
LC Satterfield, Producer/Product Manager
MATC Animation Students, Animators
MATC Music Students, Score
Milwaukee Area Technical College

College Student Production: Entertainment Program/Segment:
Grumpy the Snowman
Jonathan Bare, Producer/Director
Milwaukee Area Technical College

MPTV technical crew members also assisted with the Wisconsin Public Television's LZ Lambeau Tribute Ceremony, which received an Emmy nomination and student technical crews assisted in the production of UWM Panthervision which received numerous nominations.

MPTV congratulates all the nominees and wishes them luck at the awards ceremony next month.

MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College; and since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today MPTV offers viewers a family of 10 digital channels to choose from, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It also operates a website where local productions can be viewed online after original broadcast.

10.1 MPTV 10.1 HD
10.2 MPTV World
10.3 MPTV V-me (Spanish language PBS programs)
10.4 MPTV Weather (Upgraded service)

36.1 MPTV 36.1 (HD in early 2011)
36.2 MPTV 36.2 Simulcast of 10.1 in standard definition
36.3 MPTV Create (How-to programs)
36.4 MPTV Classical music
36.5 MPTV Jazz music
36.6 MPTV Traffic
For the additional information on Milwaukee Public Television, visit www://; or call MPTV Viewer Services at 414-297-7520; or consult FINE TUNING, the MPTV Friends monthly viewing guide. Local and PBS program videos can be viewed online at Viewer comments are welcomed.

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