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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
June 22, 2006

Carnegie Mellon Screenwriting Masters Students Win Bronze Telly Awards

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama master of fine arts (MFA) screenwriting students Lynne Kuemmel and Mary Unser won bronze Telly Awards for excellence in creative achievement for television programs they wrote for the Pittsburgh public television station WQED. The awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as video and film productions.

Kuemmel won for "The Work of Fifty Men" and Unser won for "Love Chance." Shirley J. Saldamarco, an independent producer and adjunct lecturer of television and film at Carnegie Mellon, produced both programs, and Gregory Lehane, Carnegie Mellon professor of drama and music, was the director. The programs were funded by a grant from the Sloan Foundation.

A blue-ribbon panel chose four scripts out of 10 written by MFA playwrights, and Sloan Foundation representatives chose the top two. The panelists were John Wells, a Carnegie Mellon alumnus who is the executive producer of "ER," "The West Wing" and "Third Watch"; Susan Dansby, a Carnegie Mellon alumna who writes for "As the World Turns"; Chris Fennimore, director of programming at WQED; and Saldamarco.

The Telly Awards receive more than 12,000 entries each year. Judges are from all regions of the United States and represent large and small organizations, including advertising agencies, TV stations, production houses and corporate video departments. David E. Carter, a past Emmy Award winner, founded the Telly Awards in 1978. Today, the Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies.

For more information about the television programs or the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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