Maestro Filmworks has been nominated for three Mid-Atlantic Emmys this season for our work on FTW Philly, a show we produced with Nerd Street Gamers which aired its first season this past fall on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Two of these nominations celebrated Maestro’s achievement in Programming for Education as well as for Lifestyle, and the third for individual excellence in the category of Graphic Arts/Animation for our animator Andrew Czudak. Throughout the season, Maestro chased stories inter-regionally, covering pro-tournaments, massive construction projects, university programming, and pro athlete team training. Executive Producer Kris Mendoza says,
“It is exciting and validating to be recognized by our peers in the industry
and well deserved for the hard work the team put into Season 1 for FTW Philly.”
The Emmy Nomination for Maestro’s piece on FTW Philly Collegiate Esports dove deep into the burgeoning world of esports as a pro-athletic career. It highlighted the gaming industry’s curriculum potential and covered schools such as Rowan University and Lebanon Valley College. It exposed some big opportunities, not only for varsity and pre-professional levels but also for degree programs that would one day create gaming situations for other educations like medicine and business training.
“FTW Philly- Collegiate Esports”- Maestro Filmworks/Nerd Street Gamers: Kris Mendoza, Executive Producer | Geoffrey Nichols, Producer | Joanna Shen, Producer | Marisa Magnatta, Talent | Weston Fahey, Director of Photography | Eurica Yu, Camera Operator | Conor Kelley, Editor
Equally important was the nomination for Enabled Gaming, where Director Joanna Shen carefully told the story of a lifelong gamer who used his passion for gaming to create an innovative solution for him to not only bond with his grandfather but to also assist him as he battled dementia so he could sharpen his mental skills and rediscover the joy of driving.
“FTW Philly- Enabled Gaming”- Maestro Filmworks/Nerd Street Gamers: Kris Mendoza, Executive Producer | Alex Frederick, Executive Producer | Geoffrey Nichols, Producer | Joanna Shen, Director | Weston Fahey, Director of Photography | Rob Jennings, Editor | Kate Feher, Art Director