Quinnipiac University's "Bobcats Unleashed in HD" Earns Second Straight Boston/New England Emmy Award Nominations

Bobcats Unleashed in HD, Episode V– Part One
Bobcats Unleashed in HD, Episode V – Part Two

Bobcats Unleashed in HD, Episode VI – Part One

Bobcats Unleashed in HD, Episode VI – Part Two

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The immensely popular “Bobcats Unleashed in HD, Episode V”, produced by Quinnipiac University, has been nominated for its second straight Boston/New England Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Sports One Time Special”. The 35th Boston/New England Emmy Awards will be presented on June 2, 2012 at Marriot Boston Copley hotel. This year’s first episode, the fifth in the series, showcased Quinnipiac’s “Bobcat Madness”, Parents, Family and Alumni Weekend, Quinnipiac’s Women’s Rugby team’s inaugural season, as well as Quinnipiac alumni who have returned to coach at their alma mater.

Other entrees in the category include “Charlie Moore Outdoors Holiday Episode”, which aired on Comcast SportsNet; “Stags Country” aired on WTNH and SNY;  “Beyond Baseball: David Ortiz”, “Red Sox Report: A Look Back at 2011” and “Chronicle Running”, all of which aired on NESN.

Bobcats Unleased in HD, Episode V - Part One

Bobcats Unleashed in HD, Episode V - Part Two

“We are very, very pleased, but not surprised that our “Bobcats Unleashed in HD” television production is being nominated again for an Emmy Award,” Director of Athletics & Recreation Jack McDonald said. “Under the leadership of Peter Sumby and the talents of Billy Mecca, Bill Schweizer and Jayme Parker, the Quinnipiac community is very aware how excellent “Bobcats Unleashed in HD” really is. It is the best college sports highlight High Definition show in the region and we want to thank the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for this nomination.”

"Bobcats Unleashed In HD" is hosted by Billy Mecca, Bill Schweizer and Jayme Parker. The half-hour long Quinnipiac feature show was produced and directed by Peter Sumby, written by Mike Calia and crewed by School of Communications students Tom Frisina, Rob Gagne, Austin Hopkins, Ryan Meunier, Josh Lavallee, Matt Pereira, Kyle Gravitte, Chelsea Adamchak, Orrin Creighton, Eliza Dox, Alyssa Meyer, Ryan O’Grady, Sam Snow-Cronin, Amy Gardner, John Houston, Jessica Lehman, Sarah Violette, Jeff Abrahams, Mike Prado, Lisa Copland, Jacob Brichta, Christina Casinelli, and Sunny Nariyani, as well as several industry professionals. The show was shot and edited in high-definition at the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center and aired on the NESN High Definition channel.

“Being nominated for the second year in a row shows not only that we produce a quality show, but we do it on a consistent basis,” Sumby said. “And the great thing is that it is a true team effort between the Athletic department, the School of Communications, Public Affairs, and most importantly, over 20 students who participate in the production. This gives these students the opportunity to work on a quality program and build their resume’s before graduation. The real appeal of the show are the hosts, Billy Mecca, Jayme Parker, and Bill Schweizer.  They consistently deliver compelling stories on the challenges and achievements of our student–athletes, coaches and administration of a Division 1 university.” 

The second episode, the sixth in the series, highlighted men’s basketball freshman Marquis Barnett and his incredible story from the homeless shelters of Queens, N.Y. to Division I basketball student-athlete at Quinnipiac. The episode also showed a “Day In The Life” of Quinnipiac’s men’s ice hockey goalie Eric Hartzell and women’s ice hockey goalie Victoria Vigilanti. The episode also discussed corporate sponsorships in college athletes while the final segment explored “Life After Hockey” for women’s ice hockey senior captain Jordan Elkins.