Vail TV station wins regional Emmy award |

Vail TV station wins regional Emmy award

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyKevin Heinz of Vail's Plum TV shows off the regional Emmy award he and fellow producer Jeniece Pettitt won last week for the piece they did about this year's Taste of Vail.

Kevin Heinz had something like a runway moment Saturday, only without Joan Rivers.

Heinz, a producer and editor with Plum TV, a Vail, Colorado, TV station on the valley’s cable systems, went to Denver last week for the ceremony for the Heartland Emmy awards, which honors the best TV programming in a multi-state region. He came away with a little gold statue, a regional Emmy for a piece he and producer Jeniece Pettitt did on the Chef Showcase Dinner at the most recent Taste of Vail.

“It was exciting,” Heinz said. “My name’s on the award, too.”

The local Plum TV outlet had been nominated for awards in a couple of categories – the other was for a magazine show, “In Season with Kelly Liken” – but had sent in tapes of several shows.

“We look at work from the past year, and choose the work we think is strongest,” station manager Jason Katzman said. A nominating committee reviews tapes from stations in markets across several states, then picks nominees and winners.

Katzman said picking tapes the committee may like is a roll of the dice. People who have been in the business for a while know that sometimes strong pieces are overlooked.

But that makes the wins more sweet.

“For us, it’s a validation of everything we’ve been trying to do,” Katzman said. Awards are more sweet considering the competition.

“We’re going against network affiliates in Denver, Colorado Springs and cities in the Midwest,” Katzman said. “These are stations with bigger staffs and bigger budgets. To get nominations and wins is a substantial accomplishment for us.”

But the Plum TV crew thought they had something pretty strong in the Taste of Vail piece, primarily because of a different approach.

“Our pieces on events had started to look kind of similar,” Katzman said. “So instead of a general overview, we got really specific and took the time to work with the chefs, to really go behind the scenes.”

Katzman said the six full-time people at the Plum TV office in Vail are still relatively new to the business. The Emmy win was especially sweet for them, he said.

“You’re proud of what you do,” he said. “To have somebody – a boss, the public, an awards group – acknowledge your work, it feels really good.”

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